Today, New York Giants Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins will be hosting the inaugural Landon Collins Celebrity Softball Game at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, NY.
These New York Giants will play ball. No, not football. They’re playing softball for a great cause.
The charity softball game will pit current and former New York Giants against one another as they test out their competitive skills on the baseball diamond.
Collins will captain a team of players on the current Giants roster while former Giants running back, Brandon Jacobs, will be captaining the veteran team, comprised of greats from the Super Bowl XLII and XLVI championship teams.
Eli Manning, Antonio Pierce, Justin Tuck and Ahmad Bradshaw are among many players scheduled to participate, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit former Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Jay Fund.
A tailgate in the parking lot will begin at 5 pm, and doors to the Stadium will open at 6 pm for the main event.
New York Giant fan favorite, Joe Ruback, aka License Plate Guy, came up with the idea for the event and, after approaching Collins about it at the Pro Bowl in January, got the green light to proceed.
“We are so excited to bring together a group of incredible athletes for a fun-filled day – all to support a great cause,” said Ruback.
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— LPG – NYG (@LicensePlateGuy) May 26, 2017
Tonight’s activities will include a dodgeball game, a home run derby and then the Celebrity Softball Game, where the NFL pros will take their shots at swinging for the fences.
Stadium tickets are $20 and are available at www.landoncollinsgame.com. Tailgate tickets are $25 and are available at www.immortalseats.com, while event T-shirts can be purchased at www.Gmenpride.com.
About License Plate Guy:
Joe Ruback, better known as License Plate Guy, is an iconic New York Giants fan – best known for the lanyard of NY Giant license plates he wears around his neck at each game. When he’s not hanging out, taking pictures with fellow Giant’s fans outside the stadium, Ruback is the Athletic Director at the Biondi School in Yonkers, New York.
About the Jay Fund:
The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in 1996 in honor of Jay McGillis. Jay developed leukemia while playing for Coach Coughlin at Boston College.
In the eight months between Jay’s diagnosis and the day he lost his battle with cancer, the Coughlin family saw first-hand the physical, emotional and financial strains the illness caused the McGillis Family. Coach Coughlin vowed, if he ever had the chance, he would create a way to help families with children tackling cancer.
To learn more about this foundation, visit their website at www.tcjayfund.org.