Bremen police hold basketball benefit for beloved teacher

BREMEN, Ind. (WNDU) - It's an annual tradition for the Bremen Police Department, one that always hits close to home.

“We can come together as a community to help,” Bremen Police Patrolman Wes Atkins said.

Local police officers traded their badges for basketballs Friday night all for a good cause, the 23rd annual Bremen Police Department Benefit Basketball Game.

“We also are about the community in a way that we can help people that need our help,” Atkins said

This year, all proceeds are going directly to longtime Bremen teacher Kim Sellers and her family as she battles cancer.

“There’s a lot of people that know her and care about her, and so it's just kind of a big deal and we're getting a lot of support for it, so it's great,” Atkins said.

For Sellers, she's incredibly grateful.

“It’s very humbling and overwhelming,” Sellers said. “I don't really like to be the center of attention, but it's very sweet and thoughtful. I'm just very appreciative of everything.”

Members from the Bremen and Nappanee police departments, Marshall County Sheriff's Office and Indiana State Police faced off against seniors from Bremen and NorthWood.

It’s not about who wins or loses. It's all about giving back.

“The three communities have been so supportive,” Sellers said. “Just giving my family so much love. Anything that we need, they always want to be helpful so it's much appreciated.”

While the game raises thousands of dollars, it's not just about the money but also loving support.

“We care about them,” Atkins said. “The NorthWood family, Nappanee as well as the Bremen family, we care about them. We hope that she gets better that she can beat this. We just hope that this shows how much we care and that we're rooting for her.”