Volunteer on Shocks, Cops, Fire and Kids: ‘Each year it just keeps growing’


For the 14th year in a row local youth had the opportunity to interact with some of our first responders and student athletes.

The Shocks, Cops, Fire and Kids event features activities and workshops at WSU but is more than just a meet and greet

Law enforcement, firefighters, and student athletes came together Saturday for the kids. Its become an annual day that allows them and our youth to interact and learn about possible careers in their futures.

“I at least got to meet one of my favorite basketball players,” said Johnny Wuolukka, Participant.

“Giving them an opportunity to get to know some our local law enforcement officers and then also our fire department personnel, in a way that they wouldn’t have in a different scenario,” said Det. Jennifer Wright, Wichita Police.

Shocks, Cops, Fire and Kids is in its 14th year, and this time, kids learned about good citizenship internet safety and nutrition. They also engaged in sport activities with well-known students in our community.

“They also are out there with the fabulous student athletes here at Wichita State University,” said Wright.

“We played basketball with the basketball athletes and then we did different types of activities afterwards,” said Wuolukka.

And student athletes said tagging along with youth, who are eager to learn, is a fun experience. Kids of all different ages participate each year.

“No matter if it’s just throwing a med ball or jumping over some hurdles, these kids are always excited about doing something,” said Cory Martens, WSU student athlete.

Volunteers say there was a great turn-out, and every year, it continues to attract young minds in our community.

“Each year it just keeps growing,” said Wright.

Organizers also say this event emphasizes the importance of higher education to many youth who could possibly attend Wichita State one day.

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