By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
The Bakersfield Falcons are a football team made up of peace officers and firefighters. Since their establishment in 2007, there have been broken arms, legs and necks but in the midst of injuries, one thing never ends -- they continue to raise money for local charities.
Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox," head coach Leonard Castaneda talked about the first Guns 'N Hoses charity football game the Falcons will play. against The Bakersfield Sharks.
The Falcons travel the country and play against teams in Philadelphia, New York and North Carolina, among others. Castaneda said Kern County's team was fairly small -- with about 35 players on the team -- compared to cities such as New York that have thousands of players.
"We go out there and try to win at all costs," Castaneda said.
The team includes peace officers and firefighters from the Bakersfield Police Department, the California Correctional Institution, the California Fire & Forestry Department and about 13 other departments.
The average age of players on The Falcons team is 35, Castaneda said.
The game kicks off at 6 p.m. March 31 at the Rabobank Arena. Tickets range from $8 to $16. Proceeds benefit six local charities.
For tickets or more information,n visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 595-6233.