Adam Wainwright to Host 5th Annual Fantasy Football Fundraiser at Busch

Lance Lynn, Matt Carpenter, Luke Weaver & Chris Pronger Among Participants Helping Raise Money for Charity

ST. LOUIS, Mo., August 23, 2017 – For the fifth consecutive year, Adam Wainwright is bringing his annual Big League Impact Fantasy Football Live Draft and its winning fundraising formula of MLB players, celebrities and fans to Busch Stadium on Friday, August 25.

As part of the event, participating fans will draft their own fantasy football team, competing against Wainwright and other big leaguers such as Lance Lynn, Matt Carpenter, Luke Weaver, St. Louis Blues Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and Hockey Hall of Famer Chris Pronger.  Participants will manage their fantasy team throughout a 13-week, head-to-head-format season, including a head-to-head matchup against one of the celebrity participants.  Prior to the start of the event, Wainwright will lead participants on a behind-the-scenes tour of Busch Stadium before joining his teammates for a VIP fantasy football draft in the UMB Champions Club.  Participants will also get to enjoy VIP access to batting practice, party suite tickets for the evening’s game versus the San Diego Padres, weekly interaction and competition with big leaguers throughout the fantasy football season and chances to win other great, one-of-a-kind prizes.

All proceeds from Wainwright’s event at Busch Stadium will go to benefit Cardinals Care, Operation Food Search of St. Louis, Crisis Aid International and Big League Impact’s Global Initiative Fund.

Big League Impact started with a single fantasy football charity event in 2013 and has raised over one million dollars and expanded to nine MLB cities: San Francisco, New York, St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.  This year’s roster of participating MLB players includes Adam Wainwright, Hunter Pence, John Smoltz, Kyle Gibson, Matt Holliday, C.C. Sabathia, Dellin Betances, Brett Gardner, David Wright, Tony Watson, Cameron Rupp and Tucker Barnhart.

“The growth we’ve seen in Big League Impact over the past four years is really exciting,” said Wainwright.  “In only a few years, we have already been able to raise over one million dollars by doing just what we were already going to do.  Play fantasy football.”

For a full listing of Big League Impact fantasy football draft day experiences, or to register for events in their cities, fans can visit bigleagueimpact.org.

Fans can learn more about Cardinals players’ community efforts at cardinals.com/playerscare.

About Big League Impact

Big League Impact, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of helping to meet basic human needs in an effort to restore dignity and hope to people in local communities and around the globe.  Founded in 2013 by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and his brother Trey Wainwright under the name “Waino’s World,” the organization has since grown to include other professional baseball players hosting Big League Impact charity events all across the country.  For more information, visit bigleagueimpact.org.

About Cardinals Care

Cardinals Care was established to give fans a way of teaming up with Cardinals players and the organization to help children in our community – both on and off the baseball field.  Established in 1997, Cardinals Care has invested over $22 million to support St. Louis area children and built or renovated 23 youth ball fields in local under-resourced neighborhoods.  Most recently, the Cardinals dedicated Dexter Fowler Field at Hess Park in Decatur, Ill. in July.  This year marked the 14th year of Cardinals Care’s innovative Redbird Rookies program, a free baseball league for kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity to play.  In addition to providing all the uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and other equipment needed for each team, Redbird Rookies also provides extensive off-field support in the areas of health, education, mentoring and the cultural arts for each of the nearly 4,500 kids who participate in the program each year.

About Operation Food Search

Operation Food Search is a St. Louis-based non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area.  Established in 1981, the organization is the largest distributor of free food in the bi-state region feeding an average of 190,000 people a month.  Combining their robust emergency food distribution system with education programs, Operation Food Search gives our struggling neighbors in need a range of coping mechanisms to help overcome the effects of hunger.

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