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Charlotte’s public safety football team kicks off season

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  • Charlotte Cobras 2013 home games

    Saturday, May 4: FDNY team at Hough High School

    Saturday, June 1: Cleveland team at Hough High School



Some of the Charlotte area's most athletic public safety officers are headed to San Diego this morning to try to best their west-coast counterparts on the football field.

The Charlotte Cobras, a semi-professional team made up of 57 officers from Charlotte-Mecklenburg police, the Charlotte Fire Department, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement organizations in the area, on Saturday will kick off the start of the National Public Safety League football season by playing the league champions in San Diego.

Each of the teams playing in the league is a non-profit that raises money to donate to a charity of its choice.

The Cobras have donated more than $35,000 to law enforcement officers in need, Camp CARE in Charlotte, a Cornelius orphanage and other area charities since the group formed in 2006, CMPD Sgt. J.D. Furr said.

On the football field, the Cobras have grown from a fledgling team that was beat 44-0 by the New York Police Department in 2007 to one that finished second in the division just two years later.

The team will host two home games during the 2013 season – the Cobras play New York City firefighters on May 4 at Hough High School in Cornelius.

They face public safety officers from Cleveland on June 1, also at Hough High.

Furr said the league helps him network with police from around the country, which is helpful during investigations.

“If I’ve got a fugitive warrant, I can call and say, ‘hey can you look up this guy for me?’”

For more information about the Charlotte Cobras, visit the team website here.

Steele: 704-358-5067 on Twitter @steelecs
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