May 31, 2019 PHILADELPHIA — It was a beautiful summer-like evening at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies but borrowed last night by Eagles players for Carson Wentz’ AO1 Foundation fundraising event. In front of 15,000 fans, 29 Philadelphia Eagles donned their other spikes and gloves for a benefit softball game.
The 2nd annual AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game raised $500,000, with Team Offense outscoring Team Defense 17-16 in a back and forth competition. The home run derby champion was Richard Rodgers, with Jake Elliot a close second.
The players were having a great time with the fans and among themselves, which should help build the tight camaraderie needed during the upcoming NFL season. It was such an uplifting spectacle watching a great group of guys, and some new members (welcome back DeSean Jackson), come together to support volunteerism and community outreach missions while entertaining their die-hard fans.
The Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation was launched in 2017 with the mission of empowering individuals and communities worldwide by demonstrating God’s love for his people. There are 3 primary service ministries which the softball game helped to fund: the Haiti Sports Complex, the Outdoor ministry, and Thy Kingdom Crumb (TKC). In addition, TKC donated an ice cream truck to serve the Philadelphia community – be on the lookout for this!
For more information on AO1 and these ministries, visit www.AO1Foundation.org.
[Photos by Rick Pettine]
[Article by Rick Pettine]
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