Big Shootout gets even bigger

Last year’s event was big – but it’s about to get even bigger.

The Big Shootout is back Friday, which is a basketball event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Last year, mentors in BBBS took on the Marshalltown Police Department in the first annual event. This year, two more teams are joining the fray including the Marshalltown Fire Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office.

“I think this will make it even more exciting,” said Lynne Carroll, director of the local Big Brothers Big Sisters office. “Last year was awesome family entertainment.”

Marshalltown Police Officer Casee Veren said last year there was a great turnout for the event and it was nice to show the public that police officers are real people too.

“It brought out everybody from the community,” Veren said.

Play will begin at the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse with the sheriff’s office team playing the police department at 7 p.m. The game will be followed by the mentors, or Bigs, in Big Brothers Big Sisters taking on the fire department. The winning teams of each of the games will then match up for the Big Shootout title.

Last year, the Bigs topped the police department, which winning team member and MHS senior Morgan Bellile continues to remind her father, Sgt. Rick Bellile of the MPD.

“It was a fun experience last year,” Morgan Bellile said.

Admission to the event is $5 at the door and proceeds go to Big Brothers Big Sisters programs to help those in need of mentors.

Last year’s event raised more than $800 and Carroll is hoping to raise more than that this year with more groups involved.

“It’s just good for the whole community,” said firefighter Dan Oswald.