Kozminski Memorial Basketball game honors fallen officer

Matthew Belk of the Kentwood Police Department scored winning three-pointer in last seconds of Robert Kozminski Memorial Scholarship Basketball game. (Jan. 30, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The ninth annual Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball game took place Saturday night at Kenowa Hills High School.

In 2007, Grand Rapids Police Department Officer Robert Kozminski was killed in the line of duty.

“Bobby was just a special young man,” said his mother Maria Kozminski “Very humble, never wanted the spotlight to be on him.”

While he may not have liked being the center of attention, for the last nine years, the Robert Kozminski Memorial Basketball game has celebrated his life while raising money for a good cause. Each year, the tournament picks a new charity to raise money for. This year, the donations are going toward the Robert Kozminski Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The first game, which started around 6:30 p.m., was between local police departments from Kentwood, Wyoming, Walker, Grandville and Rockford against Kenowa Hills teachers. About an hour later, a second game between the Grand Rapids Police Department and the Kent County Sheriff’s Department took place.

Kailey Kozminski never got a chance to really know her father — she was just three years old when he passed. She’s now 11 and says she has a few memories of her dad.

“…Like sitting in front of the oven when we made pizza, or like laying on his stomach when he had those little eggs for Easter that you pop in your mouth,” she said.  “We’d just to that kind of stuff.”


Officer Robert A. Kozminski Memorial Scholarship

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