August 22, 2016

Adam Wainwright to host 4th annual Fantasy Football Fundraiser at Busch

Matt Holliday, Matt Carpenter, Stephen Piscotty & Alex Pietrangelo among participants helping raise money for charity


ST. LOUIS, Mo., August 22, 2016 – For the fourth consecutive year, Adam Wainwright is bringing his annual Big League Impact fantasy football live draft and its winning fundraising formula of MLB players, celebrities and fans to Busch Stadium on Friday, August 26.
As part of the event, participating fans will draft their own fantasy football team, competing against Wainwright and other big leaguers such as Matt Holliday, Matt Carpenter Stephen Piscotty and St. Louis Blues Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.  Participants will manage their fantasy team throughout a 13-week, head-to-head-format season, including a head-to-head matchup against one of the celebrity participants.  Prior to the start of the event, Wainwright will lead participants on a behind-the-scenes tour of Busch Stadium before joining his teammates for a VIP fantasy football draft in the UMB Champions Club.  Participants will also get to enjoy VIP access to batting practice, party suite tickets for the evening’s game versus the Oakland Athletics, weekly interaction and competition with big leaguers throughout the fantasy football season and chances to win other great, one-of-a-kind prizes.
All proceeds from Wainwright’s event at Busch Stadium will go to benefit Cardinals Care, Operation Food Search of St. Louis, Crisis Aid International and Big League Impact’s Global Initiative Fund.
Big League Impact started with a single fantasy football charity event in 2013 and has raised over one million dollars and expanded to eight MLB cities: San Francisco, New York, St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Miami.  This year’s roster of participating MLB players includes Adam Wainwright, Hunter Pence, John Smoltz, Cliff Floyd, Kyle Gibson, Matt Holliday, David Wright, Jared Hughes and Tucker Barnhart.
“The growth we’ve seen in Big League Impact over the past three years is really exciting,” said Wainwright.  “We hope that this is only the beginning, but we have already been able to raise over one million dollars by doing just what we were already going to do.  Play fantasy football.”
For a full listing of Big League Impact fantasy football draft day experiences, or to register for events in their cities, fans can visit bigleagueimpact.org
Fans can learn more about Cardinals players’ community efforts at cardinals.com/playerscare.