The Colorado Springs Sky Sox, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA), Memorial Hospital and CenturyLink, have announced that the previously named Waldo Canyon Classic has been renamed as the Heroes Classic. In addition, the club has also announced that for each ticket purchased for the event on Saturday, June 22, five dollars will be donated to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation to assist victims of the Black Forest Fire. Also, anyone who has lost their home in the recent fire or is still currently evacuated can come to the game for free by stopping by the Sky Sox box office any time leading up to the event.
This celebrity softball game has been in the planning since October of last year and has always been centered on recognizing and raising funds for our local heroes in the region's Police and Fire Departments. The event will serve as an opportunity for the entire community to come together and recognize and celebrate those brave men and women, but after the recent wildfire in Black Forest, the Colorado Springs Police and Fire Departments, in conjunction with the Sky Sox, have decided that the focus and fundraising efforts will go to the people in most need from the recent fire. All money raised during the event via the newly announced ticket donation and the auctioning of specialty game-worn jerseys and baseball memorabilia will go to the Pikes Peak Community Foundation's "Emergency Relief Fund" which was established for victims of the Black Forest Fire. This fund is modeled after last year's Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund which received an outpouring of community support.
In addition, Care & Share Food Bank will be on hand at the event accepting any nonperishable food item donations and Springs Rescue Mission will be accepting clothing, household items and clean-up items like work gloves, rakes, shovels and trash bags. Pikes Peak Community Foundation will also be on hand at the game accepting any monetary donations that individuals would like to make beyond their ticket purchase.
The event will be held at Security Service Field on Saturday, June 22 at 7:05 PM and will salute the brave men and women of the Colorado Springs and El Paso County Fire and Safety Departments who willingly fight everyday to keep our community safe and secure. The two teams will consist of members of the Colorado Springs Police and Fire Departments, including two celebrity managers in Chief Pete Carey for the Police and Interim Chief Tommy Smith for Fire. Another local celebrity who will be playing in the game is Jerri Marr. During last year's Waldo Canyon Fire, Marr's tremendous leadership skills and honest, engaging presence on everyone's television screens endeared her to all residents in Southern Colorado. In addition, each team will also include several former Major League baseball players, local media members and local dignitaries.
Highlighting the former Major League players who will be participating in the event is Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers who saved over 340 games in his career and won both the Cy Young Award and American League MVP Award in 1981. The night will culminate with a tremendous fireworks display following the game.
As part of the game day activities, the teams will don unique custom made jerseys each representing their respective department. These unique, game worn jerseys will be auctioned off during and after the game with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.
During the game, there will be a special silent auction of all the players' jerseys which will be held in the concourse at the main entrance of the stadium. Following the game, a live auction will be held on the Sky Sox dugout that will feature a select number of jerseys including Rollie Fingers'. All jerseys will be autographed by the player that wore them and will be accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. The MLBPAA will also auction off a variety of baseball memorabilia during the game with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.
- A limited number of special VIP package tickets are available for $30 and include:
- A general admission ticket to the game.
- Access to a special VIP autograph session before the game with the former Major League players, including Rollie Fingers
- Membership in the MLBPAA
- Regular general admission tickets to the game will be $10.