CHICAGO — Actors portraying Chicago's first responders on TV will be playing WhirlyBall for a night to benefit real-life first responders in the first-ever WhirlyCruz Cup event in October.
Cast members from "Chicago Fire" and "Chicago P.D.," along with other local celebrities and personalities, will square off Oct. 3 at the Logan Square WhirlyBall facility, according to a news release.
The WhirlyBall tournament is named WhirlyCruz because it will be hosted by Joe Minoso, who stars as Joe Cruz on "Chicago Fire," organizers said.
On top of the casts of the primetime NBC dramas squaring off, members of the public can join teams with celebrity team captains. Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, former Blackhawks player Reid Simpson and media personality Brittney Payton, among others, will be team captains.
Actual Chicago police officers and firefighters will be on hand as well, squaring off in the game that combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars.
Whirlyball is played by teams of five in bumper cars. Players use lacrosse-like sticks to scoop, pass and shoot the ball at an opposing goal.
Proceeds from the charitable event will go to the 100 Club of Chicago, which helps families of first responders killed in the line of duty, according to a news release.
Teams of four, or individuals looking to join a team, can visit the event's website to sign up. Registering for a single spot on a team costs $125, while registering a team costs $500. Spectator tickets will run $50, according to organizers.
The event will take place Oct. 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at WhirlyBall, 1825 W. Webster Ave.
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