To kick-off the league, Walker and teammates will host a "Fantasy Football Draft Day" on Saturday, August 29 at PNC Park for all members. Then throughout the season, participants will be able to compete, debate and discuss as well as make trades with Neil, his Pirates teammates and other team owners.
The Neil Walker Fantasy Football League will consist of four, 12-team "conferences" with each conference led by a current Pirates player (one player and 11 fans), so space is limited as only 44 total slots are available. Each conference competes internally for playoff seeding, with one overall League winner crowned at the end of the season.
Entry into the league consists of Draft Day at PNC Park with Pirates players and other participants, a promotion bag including autographed items from Neil and his teammates, an opportunity to watch batting practice from the field and tickets to that night's game vs. the Colorado Rockies. The league is based on an 11 week regular season and playoffs to decide an overall winner. The winner of the League will be honored in a pregame ceremony and have the chance to throw out a first pitch prior to a 2016 game at PNC Park.
All proceeds from the 2015 Neil Walker Fantasy Football League will benefit Pirates Charities, the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation and the Big League Impact Global Fund. For complete information and to register a team visit bigleagueimpact.org/Pittsburgh.
About Pirates Charities
Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on three core areas of youth health, fitness and education. Each year, Pirates Charities and the Pirates partner with more than 3,000 organizations and programs committed to improving the lives of children and adults. Pirates Charities supports several Miracle League projects and has created successful signature programs including Fields for Kids, Wins for Kids, Pitch for Hope as well as others supporting cancer research and families and youth in our community. To learn more about Pirates positive impact in the community, visit pirates.com/community.
About Pittsburgh Kids Foundation
The Pittsburgh Kids Foundation remains a catalyst for bringing together a diverse coalition of 200 youth workers, serving in churches and youth serving agencies, combining resources to better serve the children and youth of the greater Pittsburgh area. The PKF is recognized nationally as the largest and strongest youth collaboration in any one city in this country and beyond. For more information and to support the PKF visit pittsburghkidsfoundation.org.
About Big League Impact
In 2013, St. Louis Cardinal Pitcher, Adam Wainwright and his brother Trey founded Big League Impact, a Georgia non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Originally launched in St. Louis and expanded to Detroit, New York, Atlanta and Cincinnati in 2014, the group has raised over $500,000 for local and worldwide charities. For more information on the BLI please visit bigleagueimpact.org.