Giants punter Brad Wing hosted a celebrity softball game at Dutchess Stadium, and Hip New Jersey was there for it all. The game featured wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., as well as other current and former Giants.
#HipNJ’s own Lisa Marie Latino spoke with Brad Wing about how the event came to be. He was approached a few months ago, decided on softball, the facility became available, and “everything lined up.” He also expressed his excitement for the event, stating, “We have some current players here, some past players, and some good guests. So, I think it’s going to be a good time.”
Ahmad Bradshaw of the New York Giants spoke on what the event means to him. “This community gave me so much when I was with the Giants. It’s my pleasure to come here and give back and help as much as I can. It’s giving kids with cancer a chance, and that’s my plan,” he said.
TV personality Tracy Dimarco was also in attendance, stating her enthusiasm for “a fun night out.” The players’ jerseys were donated by her husband’s company.
#HipNJ also spoke with Eli Apple, cornerback for the New York Giants. “We’re trying to give a nice show and not embarrass ourselves too bad,” he said. When asked to rate his softball skills on a scale of one to ten, he laughed and gave himself a zero.
A portion of the proceeds went to benefit The Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation, as well as other childhood cancer charities.
The Ryan McElroy Foundation “helps children who have cancer and need help with anything from medical bills to living expenses,” supporter Amanda Pallazzo said. “Anything you need help with, they’re there for you.”
The Ryan McElroy Children’s Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by family and friends of Ryan McElroy who lost his life to cancer just shy of his fifth birthday. To learn more, head over to their website.