More than 20 major league baseball players past and present will participate in the annual “Spirit of the Game” Cactus League kickoff event, scheduled for Feb. 20th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Surprise Stadium – the spring home of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers.

Former pitcher and inspirational speaker Dave Dravecky will headline the event, sponsored by Compassionate Surprise. The night is designed to give fans a chance to see their favorite players, ask for autographs and have kids take part in clinics and interactive games.

Players scheduled to appear include Eric Chavez (Oakland A’s); Russ Ortiz and Adam Goodwin (Los Angeles Dodgers); Mike Sweeney, Rob Johnson and Garrett Olson (Seattle Mariners); Blaine Boyer (Arizona Diamondbacks); Micha Owings and Bill Bray (Cincinnati Reds); Mat Laporta (Cleveland Indians); Chase Headley and Nick Hundley (San Diego Padres); Jeremy Affeldt (San Francisco Giants) and former big league stars like Kevin Young, Damion Easley and Tim Salmon.

Admission to “Spirit of the Game” is free with a non-perishable food donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance/Westside. Those who bring food will be registered to win a door prize. Raffle tickets will also be sold ($5 apiece, six for $20) to benefit St. Mary’s and Interfaith Community Care. Prize include Suns and Diamondbacks tickets as well as a golf package at the Wigwam Resort.

For more information, call (602) 274-1988.


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