The flagship Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game hosted at Salt River Fields and presented by Pro Sports Realty was one for the records! The Home Run Derby presented by UFC got the competition started as many stepped up to the plate but heavy hitter, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, showed his athletic talent is not limited to the basketball court and was victorious in becoming the 2016 Home Run Derby winner! Phoenix’s own Danajah Jones won the National Anthem contest and made her community proud as she took the field in honor our great country. The bat boys/girls sponsored by Shakti Warriors were hand selected for their triumph over adversity from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well as Black Family & Child Services for a once in a lifetime experience! Larry’s team (The Red Team) took home the trophy this year but it wasn’t without a fight. The White Team led by Terrell Owens maintained a lead early in the game which forced Larry and his team to dig deep for the win! Our Annual host, Super Snake with guest host Nate “The Landlord” Carter and Arizona Cardinals very own “Big Red” kept the fans engaged with live auction items and giveaways throughout the game. The concourse offered many exciting booths for fans including music from our media partners Mega 104.3 and 101.1 The Beat. Parents and their little ones joined in the fun at The Kids Zone with free balloon art, temporary tattoos, face painting and a mini softball game where kids could be just like the players and hit a home run! The official Larry Fitzgerald merchandise booths presented by 224 Apparel offered softball game t-shirts and Build-A-Head offered one of a kind big heads and key chains of Larry. While BodyArmor kept fans and players hydrated with an assortment of flavors from the concourse to the dugouts.
The VIP Lounge presented by Carrabbas Italian Grill gave contest winning attendees, sponsors, athletes and special guests an opportunity to relax and enjoy true authentic Italian cuisine.
There were many highlights at this year’s game including the special moment when Larry acknowledged the community of Arizona, organizations and companies that have supported this event since its beginning in 2011. Awards of Recognition were presented to: Super Snake, Pro Sports Realty, Arizona Cardinals, Desert Schools, 224 Apparel, Shakti Warriors and Carrabbas Italian Grill.
Later that night, the W Scottsdale hosted the Double Play VIP After-Party! Larry and friends hit the red carpet in celebration of the First Down Fund, the Red Team’s victory and the community support of the entire weekend! Over 1000+ attendees had the opportunity to bid and win exclusive memorabilia at the silent auction while the DJ played the hottest sounds. A larger than life LED backdrop lit up the night featuring our partner/sponsors that participated in making this event a huge success!
This year's weekend featured a golf event, the Larry Fitzgerald Charity Classic which included a “Pairings” reception at Dominick’s Steakhouse and a private golf outing hosted by Talking Stick Golf Club. With Larry’s love of golf combined with the Valley’s gorgeous weather, a good time was had by all.
On behalf of Larry Fitzgerald and the First Down Fund, we thank everyone for supporting #FitzSoftball16 and we hope to see you next year!