A showdown has been set between the University of Colorado's men and women in blue and the boys in black and gold this weekend in the form of an exhibition softball game.

Officers from the CU Police Department will face coach Mike MacIntyre and players from the CU Buffs football team at 3 p.m. Saturday at the East Mapleton Fields off of 30th Street and Mapleton Avenue, with the public encouraged to attend and cheer on.

Officials are hoping the game will become an annual event that will strengthen the relationship between different groups at the university.

"This is a great opportunity for our young men to establish a relationship with another entity on campus that is also very visible in the community," CU Athletic Director Rick George said in a statement. "There are all kinds of opportunities where the two of us can work together, so this can be a great start for some of our football student-athletes to forge relationships with our campus officers and hopefully be something we can build on."

Officers from the Boulder Police Department and the Boulder County Sheriff's Office also have been invited to play in the game.

"I am honored to be a part of the inaugural event and committed to strengthening our relationship with the players representing CU on the field," CU police Chief Melissa Zak said in a statement. "As evidenced by last year's floods, whether it was Athletic Director Rick George assisting on the evacuations, student-athletes serving meals to displaced families or CUPD keeping the campus safe, we are leaders in our community and committed to strengthening the bond that makes us CU. I think these team-building events help us appreciate the responsibilities student-athletes have, and vice versa."

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