The Statesboro Police Department is seeking teams of people who are interested in tackling extreme physical and mental challenges, exercising leadership skills and having fun while raising money for a good cause.
The inaugural Statesboro Police Department Emergency Response Team Tactical Leadership Challenge, or TLC, is a fundraiser to benefit the newly formed Statesboro Police Officers Foundation, as well as local charities, said Statesboro Police Maj. Rob Bryan.
This year, the organization to benefit will be the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County.
To be held Oct. 3 at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Law Enforcement Training Facility on Holland Industrial Park Road (located off of Highway 301 North across from the entrance to the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport), the event begins at 8 a.m. and lasts throughout the day, with an awards ceremony in the evening.
A barbecue lunch will be provided to all participants, and keynote speaker will be former Georgia Bureau of Investigations special agent Charles Sikes, Bryan said.
Teams can have five to eight members, with at least one female, and all competitors must be 18 or older.
"They can be business associates, civic club members or just a group of friends," Bryan said.
There is also a "Toughest Competitor" contest for individuals. Team registration is $400, while the Toughest Competitor registration fee is $50.
The five events are an obstacle course, the "Breacher Scramble," "Stairway to Heaven," the "Officer Rescue" and the "Mystery Event," according to the event's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/StatesboroPoliceTLC).
The obstacle course consists of challenges such as Jacob's ladder, low crawls, a rope traverse and attic entry, to name a few.
"Your team will need to work together to complete it quickly. While it may seem intimating at first, we look at it as an adult-sized playground," the page reads.
Details have not yet been released about the other events, including the mystery event. According to the social media page, "The mystery event participants will have little knowledge about this event prior to competing. A briefing for team leaders will be held prior to the event, giving the team little time to formulate a plan. This event will stress teamwork and communication, two key elements for successfully providing a solution to volatile situations that require team coordination."
The fundraiser is something different for the community, Bryan said.
"It is not your typical golf tournament or 5K run," he said.
Spectators are welcome at the event.
For more information and for registration forms, visit the event's Facebook page or contact Statesboro Police Cpl. Patrick Webb at (912) 764-9911.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.