St. Louis Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher hosted his annual “Coach Fisher & Friends” Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at TR Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, MO. The event was presented by Edward Jones and featured a celebrity home run derby, softball game and post-game fireworks show. Proceeds from the event will benefit five charities: The BackStopppers, The Jack and J.T. Snow Scientific Research Foundation, Mercy Ministries, Wounded Warrior Project and Catch-A-Dream Foundation.
“Each year, our players really look forward to this fun and unique evening for charity,” said Fisher. “It’s a great family-friendly event that allows our fans to get an up-close look at our players and their personalities away from the football field. For some of our players, their athleticism on the football field transfers to the softball field, but for others it can be a comedy of errors, which makes the game all the more entertaining and memorable.”
After three successful years at GCS Ballpark in Sauget, IL, this year’s event took place at TR Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, MO.
“We really enjoyed the tremendous hospitality and partnership with the Gateway Grizzlies and their staff over the past three years,” said Fisher. “In planning for this year’s game, we heard from many of our fans who wanted us to bring the game to Missouri, so we’re glad that we were able to get that done for our fans and we look forward to selling out TR Hughes.”
About the charitable beneficiaries:
Started in 1959, The BackStoppers, Inc., provides needed support and financial assistance to the spouses and children of all local and county police officers, firefighters, publicly-funded paramedics and EMTs and volunteer fire protection units, who have lost their lives performing their duty.
The mission of The Jack and J.T. Snow Scientific Research Foundation (The Snow Foundation) is to make a difference in the future of medicine and of society by promoting and conducting cutting-edge clinical and basic science research on Wolfram syndrome and diabetes and to raise awareness of Wolfram syndrome and diabetes in health professionals and the general public. In the fall of 2010, Raquel Gebel, the eight-year old granddaughter of the late Jack Snow, the “Voice of the St. Louis Rams” and 11-year veteran of wide receiver of the Los Angeles Rams, was diagnosed with Wolfram syndrome, a rare form of diabetes that affects many of the body’s organs and in 60 percent of cases causes death before age 30.
Mercy Ministries’ free-of-charge, voluntary, faith-based residential program serves young women from all socio-economic backgrounds, ages 13-28, who face a combination of life-controlling issues such as eating disorders, self-harm, drug and alcohol addictions, depression and unplanned pregnancy. Mercy also serves young women who have been physically and sexually abused, including victims of sex trafficking. Using proven methods, a holistic approach and professional counselors in a structured residential environment, Mercy has helped thousands of young women be restored to wholeness. Mercy’s goal is to help these young women find freedom from their issues and empower them to serve in their communities as productive citizens.
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and service to meet their needs.
Catch-A-Dream Foundation provides once-in-a-lifetime dream hunting and fishing trips to children across the United States and Canada, age 18 and younger, who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. Through these adventures, and exposure to outdoors-minded people who care, the program instills in these children a message of encouragement at a time when they need to know that hope does, indeed, exist.