CELEBS AND STAR ATHLETES TAKE THE FIELD FOR TENTH-ANNUAL REEBOK HEROES CELEBRITY BASEBALL GAME JULY 9 AT DR PEPPER BALLPARK
Mike Modano, Mark Cuban, Bradie James, Michael Clarke Duncan, Donald Faison, Dave Annable and other celebs descend on the diamond while marking a decade that’s raised over $1.7 million for local youth; plus Mavs fans can snap shots with the O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy
FRISCO, TEXAS (June 29, 2011) – See stars swing, slide, steal and score at the Reebok 2011 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game – 10th Anniversary on Saturday, July 9, at 6 p.m. at the Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco (7300 RoughRider Trail). Famous faces will include Bradie James, Mike Modano, Mark Cuban, Everson Walls, Michael Clarke Duncan, Geoff Stults, Dave Annable, Donald Faison and more. Money raised will benefit The Heroes Foundation and The Mike Modano Foundation.
This just in! The Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy will be on display Saturday giving game goers the chance to shoot snapshots and relive the Dallas Mavs’ glory. Plus, former American Idol runner-up David Archuleta will sing God Bless America during the seventh-inning stretch.
Gates to the Dr Pepper Ballpark will open at 2:30 p.m. The first pitch of the Whataburger Heroes Special Olympics All-Star Softball Game will be thrown at 3 p.m. Then the star-studded celeb and amateur hitters will take the field to display their athletic prowess for the Baylor Medical Center at Frisco Celebrity Home Run Derby at 4 p.m., followed by the Celebrity Baseball Game at 6 p.m. Singer/songwriter Brittany Holmes will sing the National Anthem.
The Blue Sox and White Sox baseball teams, each made up of celebrity players and amateurs, will play “hard-charging, umpires-umpping, trash-talking, uniform-wearing, base-stealing, home run-hitting, nine-inning, authentic BASEBALL!”
Here is the latest line-up for this year’s game (players subject to change):
Bradie James (Dallas Cowboys linebacker and defensive captain)
Mark Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks, the 2011 NBA champions)
Mike Modano (Dallas Stars center and seven-time NHL All-Star)
Michael Clarke Duncan (actor of movie The Green Mile and the upcoming TV series The Finder)
Donald Faison (actor of TV series Scrubs and BET Comedy Awards winner)
Geoff Stults (actor of movies Wedding Crashers and The Break-Up and new TV series The Finder)
Dave Annable (actor of TV series Brothers and Sisters and upcoming movie You May Not Kiss the Bride)
Everson Walls (former Dallas Cowboys player and Super Bowl champion)
Donnie Nelson (Dallas Mavericks president)
Ben Grieve (former major league outfielder)
At 6 p.m., the Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game will get underway as the all-stars vie for the game trophy and coveted MVP award won in recent years by Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban, Mavs players Jason Terry and Jason Kidd, Dallas Cowboys player DeMarcus Ware, NBA player Kenyon Martin, former NHL All-Star Brett Hull, and amateurs Troy Haugen, John Trabold, Richard Barge, Chris Martin and Charlie McKinney.
A 10-minute fireworks finale sponsored by Baylor Medical Center at Frisco will follow the game.
Tickets, parking and more information
Tickets are $5, $7, $12 and $15 and are on sale at Ticketmaster (1-800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com) or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Will call will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 9. Tickets also will be available at the door.
Parking for the general public will be available at Lots A, B and E.
Reebok is the presenting sponsor and has been for nine consecutive years. Reebok has donated custom cleats, uniforms and apparel, bats, gloves, bags and other baseball equipment for all the players including the Special Olympic All-Stars. Baylor Medical Center at Frisco is the sponsor of the Celebrity Home Run Derby and the fireworks finale. Other sponsors are The Joule Hotel, Credit Suisse, Smash Burger, Sewell, Montgomery Coscia Greilich, The Richards Group, HITS400, Whataburger, and HDNET. Media sponsors are WFAA, 103.3 FM ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes 1540 AM.
For more information, go to heroesorganization.org. Also, like the Heroes Foundation on Facebook and follow @HeroesCelebrity on Twitter for the latest updates!
North Texas children to benefit from baseball weekend
The Heroes Foundation is a non-profit initiative providing Dallas inner-city youth the opportunity to participate in team baseball, basketball, educational and cultural curriculum, all while building self-confidence. The Heroes programs allow youth to learn the fundamentals of baseball and basketball through clinics, instructional leagues, one-on-one training and tournaments. Heroes also brings sports training and competition to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. It is the Heroes focus to empower and embrace those with disabilities so that they might break free of society’s expectations and be accepted in their communities. The Heroes Foundation gives 100 percent of the money raised to direct project costs, funding sustainable athletic programs for Dallas inner-city youth and for the physically and intellectually challenged. We work to raise awareness by finding heroes for them and making heroes of them. For details, go to heroesorganization.org.
Proceeds will also go to The Mike Modano Foundation, dedicated to raising funds to improve the lives of at-risk and under-served children in the Dallas area, specifically children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected. In addition, Modano’s foundation provides funding for organizations whose purpose is to offer education to children and families suffering the devastation of abuse to help break the cycle of abuse. In September 2003, the Mike Modano Infant and Toddler Cottage at Jonathon’s Place opened its doors to help at-risk children who have been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services. For details, go to mikemodano.com.