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What We Do

Supported completely through fundraising events and private donations, SAFE (Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment) provides immediate financial assistance to the families of Police, Fire and EMS personnel that lose their lives or are critically injured in the line-of-duty while working in one of the 12 counties in Kansas and Missouri covered by SAFE.


Often, insurance and other benefits can take weeks or even months to pay while the financial responsibilities for the family do not stop. One of the most important aspects of SAFE is the immediate financial assistance provided within 24-48 hours following the tragic loss of their loved one.

About the Tourney

The SAFE coverage area suffered the loss of seven first responders in 2020 alone. Due to the pandemic, SAFE was unable to host its annual Guns N Hoses fundraiser. That's when Chicken N Pickle stepped up to the plate and offered the opportunity to play some Pickleball for SAFE. We had so much fun, Pickleball for SAFE is back in 2021!

Who Can Participate

All levels of player are welcome to participate. 

Chicken N Pickle will provide equipment for each player and the Chicken N Pickle staff will give a quick tutorial on rules prior to play. Sponsors can designate two players of their choice or we can fill their team from our first responder pool of players.

Prizes will be awarded for the winning teams. We’ll also award BEST TEAM NAME AND BEST TEAM OUTFIT!

Saturday, June 12
Chicken N Pickle

1761 Burlington St, North Kansas City, MO
Two Brackets of Competition
One Bracket

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Check-in at 10:30 am


For questions, please contact

SAFE Director Jan Zimmerman

816-719-8356 |

Those We Honor

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Please take a moment to remember our fallen first responders. These men and women, and their families, dedicated their lives to protecting and serving our communities. It is with honor that we remember their sacrifices and continue to support everyone who is willing to lay down their own life to protect each of ours.


Sponsorship Opportunities

$2,500 Court Sponsor (includes 2 Pickleball players and logo on court)

$1,000 Food Sponsor (includes 2 Pickleball players and recognition at the event)

$500 Team Sponsor (includes 2 Pickleball players)

All donations to the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission are fully tax-deductible. All sponsors can choose to send 2 Pickleball players to the tournament or request that we fill their team with first responder Pickleball players. For questions, please email Tami Holthus at or call (816) 960-6800 Ext 228.


First Responders: Register to Play

Many of the generous sponsors of this event are hoping to fill their team with first responders - that's YOU! Space is limited so sign up today.  All skill levels welcome. Prizes for winning teams plus prizes for the BEST TEAM NAME AND BEST TEAM OUTFIT!

Ready to play Pickleball? Fill out the 2021 First Responder Pickleball Player Registration Form. Questions can be emailed to SAFE Director Jan Zimmerman at