Quarterback Carson Wentz and Eagles fans have had a special relationship since the team made him the first-round draft pick in 2016, and never has the bond been more appreciated than last year when Wentz's AO1 Foundation introduced the inaugural Charity Softball Game at Citizens Bank Park, an event that drew 25,000 fans and raised $850,000 for the foundation.
"Last year we didn't really know what to expect. We didn't know what the turnout was going to be," Wentz said. "Without a doubt, it was humbling to see how the fans supported the event. I had to do a little speech before the game and I was just overwhelmed. I had no idea that many fans would show up and support and have a blast the way they did. It was really cool and definitely humbling."
The 2nd Annual AO1 Charity Softball Game benefiting The Carson Wentz AO1 Foundation takes place on May 31 at Citizens Bank Park. Tickets go on sale through the website AO1Foundation.org on February 7. The family-friendly event begins with a home run derby at 6:30 p.m. followed by a game between members of the Eagles playing on opposing teams at 7:30 p.m.
Wentz said last year's players ranged from "terrible" to "very talented," and it's all for a great cause.
"It was a blast seeing the guys goof around and have so much fun," Wentz said.
The event also features a silent auction with items such as autographed merchandise, apparel, autographed gameday memorabilia, and experience packages. Foundation and event merchandise will also be for sale. Funds raised will benefit the foundation's three initiatives: the Haiti Sports Complex, Thy Kingdom Crumb Food Truck, and the AO1 Foundation's Outdoor Program.