The Colorado Springs Sky Sox, in conjunction with Verizon Wireless and Memorial Hospital, have announced that the 2015 Heroes Classic has been scheduled for Saturday, May 30. The fourth annual charity softball game will be held as part of a special “double header” at Security Service Field starting with the softball game at 3:30 p.m. That will be followed by the Sky Sox game at 6:05 p.m. against the Sacramento River Cats. This special event will salute local Colorado Springs heroes including injured service members who have served our nations military, and the Colorado Springs and El Paso County Fire and Safety Departments. As part of the festivities, former Denver Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey will be playing in the softball game and signing autographs during the Sky Sox game.
The event will also raise funds for three outstanding charities, the Colorado Springs Fire Protective Association, The Police Foundation of Colorado Springs, and the Wounded Warrior Project. In addition, as part of the game day activities, the teams will don custom made uniforms and these unique, game worn jerseys will be auctioned off during and after the game with 100% of the proceeds benefitting the selected charities. To date, this event has raised close to $60,000 for charity.
McCaffrey retired from the National Football League in 2004 after playing 13 seasons with the New York Giants (1991-93), San Francisco 49ers (1994), and Denver Broncos (1995-2003). A three-time Super Bowl champion, McCaffrey established himself as one of the game’s most popular players and excelled as one of the NFL’s toughest and most dependable wide receivers.
McCaffrey won Super Bowls with the 49ers (1994) and Broncos (1997, ’98), and was voted to play for the American Football Conference in the Pro Bowl following the 1998 season. He finished his career with 565 receptions for 7,422 yards and 55 touchdowns, and ranks fourth on the Broncos’ all-time receiving list for both catches (462) and yards (6,200), and third in touchdowns (46). His best season came in 2000 when he caught a then-Broncos-record 101 passes (3rd in the NFL) for 1,317 yards and nine touchdowns.
At the time of his retirement, McCaffrey was one of just 31 players in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with two different teams, and one of only 13 to win one with both an AFC and NFC team. He entered the NFL in 1991 as a third-round draft choice of the New York Giants (No. 83 overall) out of Stanford.
During the game, there will be a special silent auction of all the players’ jerseys which will be held in the concourse at the main entrance of the stadium. Following the game, a live auction will be held on field that will feature a select number of jerseys including Ed McCaffrey’s. All jerseys will be autographed by the player that wore them and will be accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. Those same jerseys will also be worn by the Sky Sox during their May 29th game against Sacramento.
The two teams playing the game will consist of members of the Colorado Springs Police and Fire Departments as well as injured service members who will represent the Wounded Warrior Project. In addition, each team will also include several local media members and local dignitaries. McCaffrey will serve as an honorary coach and will play in the game for both teams.
For more information, visit www.skysox.com.