Independence, MO (February 3, 2015) — The Missouri Mavericks will host a very special “Law Enforcement Appreciation Night” during their home game at Independence Events Center on Tuesday, February 10th. The Mavs have purchased specialty jerseys that the team will be wearing during their game that evening, which will be auctioned off in a live auction directly following the game. Proceeds from the jersey auction will go directly toward the Mavericks’ makeover of the Independence Police Station locker rooms.

In addition to their fundraising efforts on Tuesday night, the Mavs have donated over 1,000 tickets to local law enforcement officers and administration.

“The area law enforcement keeps us safe in this community,” said Brent Thiessen, President & General Manager of the Missouri Mavericks, “this is our way of saying thank you and showing our appreciation to the men and women who risk their lives every day for our protection.”

The Independence Police Station locker rooms have remained relatively unchanged and without updates since the building was first constructed, and is in desperate need of a facelift.

“It means so much to the entire Independence Police Department to not only have the support of the Missouri Mavericks in our community, but for them to step up and commit to this project that will impact so many of our officers, we are truly grateful, “said Tom Dailey, Independence Police Chief.

“When the Mavericks initially came upon this project, we didn’t know what to expect, we were ready to take action and help where we can,” said Thiessen.

“For the Missouri Mavericks, and every other professional sports team, a locker room is where you start and end your day, it becomes a piece of your identity, a sacred space for preparation and reflection,” said Thiessen. “We believe that a locker room is a space you should be proud of, and everyone within Mavs organization--from the staff to the players-- is committed to seeing this project through and excited to give back to the men and women who do so much to keep our community safe.”

As the timetable for the locker room makeover is still being worked out, the Mavericks hope to create awareness about this project in the community and raise funds to dedicate toward making the Independence Police Station locker rooms a source of pride for the men and women who use them on a daily basis.