On a super hot Texas summer afternoon, we braved the heat and skipped over to Dr. Pepper Ball Park to check out the Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game benefiting the Heroes Foundation and the Mike Modano Foundation. There were some heavy hitters from the sports and entertainment industries on the field. Actors Michael Clarke Duncan and Donald Faison were fan faves. Sports stars Akin Ayodele, Martellus Bennett and Bradie James also suited up for the game. The kids in attendance enjoyed the Frisco Roughriders mascot Deuce get his groove on.
The overall scene stealer that afternoon was the Mavs owner Mark Cuban. Mark hung with the fans taking pictures and signing autographs. He spoke in the crush of the media. Then when I caught him during a free moment, I asked if we could pull him aside for a couple of questions and HE SAID YES! I quickly collected myself and asked him about the charity benefiting from the day's festivities. We talked about the buzz from winning the championship game. When I referred to Mark as the owner of the championship Dallas Mavericks, Mark was like, "Say it again!" It was a very neat highlight and I will remember that moment for years to come. The championship trophy even made an appearance at the game!
The Heroes Foundation is a 501(c) Corporation that provides opportunities for talented kids from all walks of life to participate in a baseball and basketball programs preparing them for college and ultimately professional levels of competition. In addition, the Foundation is active in using sports as a way of providing both educational and cultural opportunities for youth in the region. The program has served more than 25,000 kids and has raised more than $4.5 Million since its inception in 2001. Check out www.heroesorganization.org for more information