Things are about to heat up in the New Milford High School gym.

NMHS Future Business Leaders of America will sponsor its fourth annual basketball exhibition game between the high school faculty and the New Milford Police Department on March 16.

The event is a fundraiser for the American career and technical student organization made up of about 30 students.

The New Milford Police Union will once again sponsor a $1,000 donation to the FBLA, and a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a senior during halftime.

This year the FBLA selected Harrybrooke Park, a 48-acre nonprofit park in town, as the recipient of the donation that will be presented before the game.

“Not only are we honored as a park but I am personally so proud of these kids,” said Bill Buckbee, the parks’ executive director.

“I was the president of NMHS FBLA in high school and to see these kids giving back to the community like this truly makes my heart swell,” he said. “It’s a great sign for the future of New Milford.”

Past beneficiaries have included Matthew’s Hearts of Hope, Spaghetti Arms and Julia’s Wings.

FBLA students have arranged a halftime contest for seniors interested in winning the scholarship.

Students must fill out an application. Two names will be drawn at random and those students will compete against one another for the prize.

The senior with the most points in the halftime contest will win the prize, said Janice Perrone, NMHS FBLA advisor.

The business teacher said she hopes this year’s event draws as big of a crowd as last year.

As the organization’s biggest fundraiser, the money raised — as well as those raised at other FBLA offerings — fund opportunities for students to participate in academic competitions in business subjects.

Competitions are held at various levels, including state and national.

Last year 13 local FBLA members qualified to go to the nationals in Anaheim, Calif., but funding to send all students there wasn’t available.

To raise funds for student competitions, the concept of a basketball game arose several years ago, Perrone said.

“It seemed like a big idea and the more we talked about it, we realized the potential,” Perrone said of the fundraiser’s spark.

When then-NMHS School Resource Officer Ron Young heard the idea, he became an immediate supporter and has since played an instrumental role in the event.

Young, a longtime member of the police union, said the event is a “way

to give back to the


He said the NMPD team will consist of members of the department, the police union and some friends of families of the department.

“We go out there and have fun,” he said.

Admission to the event at NMHS on Route 7 South is $5 per person.