The Bridgeport Bluefish today announced that they will host the Allan Houston Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, September 13 at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Houston, of course, is the former New York Knicks star who played in the NBA with the Pistons and Knicks between 1993 and 2005. This will be the second “celebrity host” event at Harbor Yard this season. Paul O’Neill “guest managed” the Bluefish to a 4-3 win over the Long Island Ducks in July. Pete Rose, MLB’s all-time hits king who has been banished from any association with big league teams since 1989 because of a betting scandal while he was manager of the Cincinnati Reds, was a “guest manager” last season. In addition, the Bluefish have played the Stratford Brakettes, who captured their sixth straight Women’s Major Softball National Championship this season, in exhibition softball games for the past two seasons. The ’Fish are 2-0 in those contests. The Ballpark at Harbor Yard also hosted a “Heroes for Heroes” charity game between former Yankees and Red Sox stars in July.
Houston, 44, was known as one of the top pure shooters in basketball during his playing career. A two-time NBA All-Star, Houston is No. 2 on the Knicks’ all-time list of three-point scorers, No. 4 in total points, and No. 8 in scoring average. A first-round pick by the Pistons in 1993, Houston starred at Tennessee where he graduated in 1993. He is currently the Knicks’ assistant general manager, as well as GM for the Westchester Knicks of the National Basketball Association Developmental League.
The game will be a seven-inning charity affair, with proceeds going to support Dylan’s Wings of Change, a foundation devoted to help children with autism and other related conditions achieve their full potential. It was established to honor the memory of Dylan Hockley, who was killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.
“We are very grateful to the Bridgeport Bluefish and Allan Houston for this opportunity,” said Ian Hockley, and Project Director for Dylan’s Wings of Change, and Dylan Hockley’s father. “The funds raised will be devoted to expanding the baseball and softball opportunities for children with special needs in southwestern Connecticut, working in partnership with the Bridgeport Bluefish and community leaders.”
Houston will play in the softball game, as will Steve Vavrek, first selectman of the Town of Monroe, Conn., and Kim Lucey, WFSB Channel 3 news reporter and anchor. More celebrity players will be announced in the coming weeks.
Game time will be 5:00 p.m., with the gates at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard opening at 4:00 p.m. There will be a pre-game autograph session on the field before the game. In addition, there will be a postgame VIP meet-and-greet reception, where fans are invited to mingle with all the celebrity participants. Tickets for the VIP Meet & Greet will be $50, and include a ticket to the Karma Club luxury suite for the game. General admission tickets cost $15 and are available for purchase by calling 203-210-BLUE, visiting the Bluefish Box Office at Harbor Yard, or by CLICKING HERE. Luxury suites are available at normal Bluefish pricing, and can be reserved by calling 203-210-BLUE.