Battle of Badges bench-press competition to raise funds for Smilow Cancer Hospital

The Yale University Police Department will host its 8th annual “Battle of the Badges” bench-press competition Saturday, April 14. This team-based event is open to the public and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Payne Whitney Gymnasium, 4th floor, 70 Tower Pkwy., New Haven. All proceeds will benefit Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven.

In this “friendly but spirited” bench-press competition, entrants lift weights to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Open to both men and women 16 years or older, the competition challenges males to lift 75% of their body weight and females to lift 50% of their body weight. Participants enter in teams of three, and do as many weight repetitions as they can during a prescribed time period. The team with the highest number of total repetitions wins. Teams may register in one of two categories: Open Division or Emergency Personnel/Public Safety Division. .

To register, fill out the 2018 Battle of the Badges webform. Registrations will also be accepted at the door, but individuals should bring their signed waiver (accessible on the website) to the event if registering in person. The registration fee is a $20 per adult and $15 per student (university or high school) — cash only if registering at the door. Participants must be at least 16 years of age. All participants will receive a complimentary commemorative t-shirt, and team and individual trophies will be awarded. Family, friends, and co-workers are welcome to come and root for participants.

If you are unable to participate in the weight-lifting competition, you can still support Battle of the Badges 2018 by making a donation on the Give to Yale New Haven Health website. (Once at the site, enter your total donation, and on the next line, under “Designation,” select “Other.” When the “Other” box appears, type in “Battle of the Badges 2018.”)

For questions and additional information, contact Yale Police Captain Von Narcisse at 203-432-4400 or

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