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Braves to host ‘Playing Above the Influence’ on Friday

Former Celtic Chris Herren, right, will be back again for a second year at 'Playing Above the Influence' / photo courtesy of Dave Peterson

     After a successful event put on last summer by the Falmouth Commodores, "Playing Above the Influence" is back again for another run.

     The event is slated for Friday, June 19 and hosted by the Bourne Braves, Cape Cod Baseball League and Gosnold, the leading provider of addiction and mental health services on Cape Cod. Playing Above the Influence is designed to promote substance-free activities available for everyone on Cape Cod and an opportunity to interact with positive role models.

     Former Boston Celtics player Chris Herren will be the special guest of the event, which also will feature numerous community members providing a great deal of activities and prizes for all family members. After completing intensive rehabilitation programs, Herren has been alcohol and drug-free since 2008, and speaks to groups throughout the nation about his battle with drug abuse and how he is overcoming it.

     Braves players will be on hand to meet spectators and will face the Hyannis Harbor Hawks for a 6 p.m. first pitch following the event, which runs from 4-5:30 p.m. at Doran Park at Upper Cape Regional Technical High School in Bourne.

Spectators of all ages enjoyed last year's police cruiser experience. / photo courtesy of Valerie May Douglas

     A Bourne Police Department police cruiser will be on hand for attendees to experience. Other activities include a K-9 demonstration by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, an obstacle course with fatal vision goggles, and a slip-n-slide created by the Fire and Rescue Department.

     The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Food will be provided and an autographed baseball and various gift certificates will be awarded as raffle prizes. Event T-shirts, which were provided by the Cape Cod Five Foundation, will also be handed out at the event.

     This event is sponsored by Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, Cape Cod Five Foundation, Convention Data Services and Cape Cod Broadcasting.

     For more information, please contact Patricia Mitrokostas, director of prevention at Gosnold on Cape Cod, at 508-540-2317 or pmitrokostas@gosnold.org.