Firefighters from Buffalo Grove and Arlington Heights will take on the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls next month in a game meant to raise money for the team and awareness of its cause in the Northwest suburbs.
All funds raised will go to help Wheelchair Bulls, which is made up of players from Chicago and the suburbs, afford travel expenses for out-of-town games and home tournaments, said organizer Seth Goldberg. Last year the event raised more than $6,500, he said.
The game takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Miner Middle School, 1101 E. Miner in Arlington Heights.
The night is about education as well as entertainment, Goldberg said.
"We are doing this to educate people about disabilities," he said. "We want them to look beyond the disability and the chair and just see us as a human being."
Goldberg created the event four years ago and said it's been a dream to have the game in Arlington Heights.
"We don't really care who wins or loses," Goldberg said. "They think fighting fire is a hard job to do, but then they put themselves in a wheelchair and they realize this is such a hard thing also."
Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors, and $3 for children. There will be a silent auction and concessions.