Saturday, March 15, 2014


Baseball season is nearly here, but it's time to make plans for a visit to Bethesda's own baseball park, Shirley Povich Field, for the Bethesda Big Train FanFest and Celebrity Softball Classic on April 12. The game will start at 7:00 PM, but come early for FanFest at 5:30 PM, for family-friendly rides, games, giveaways and a Redskins-themed auction. There'll also be free food for the first 500 people.

The media team has the most household names of local celebrities, including Chris Cooley, Fred Smoot, Chick Hernandez, Mike Wise, Julie Donaldson, Lindsay Murphy, Kristen Berset, Dianna Russini and DJ Chris Styles.

On the athlete roster, you'll find the Washington Redskins well-represented, including Ryan Kerrigan, Kai Forbath, Nick Sundberg, Perry Riley, Niles Paul, Kedrick Golston and Chris Wilson. Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris of the Washington Spirit soccer team, and University of Maryland favorite Byron Mouton will round out the athlete squad.

Proceeds from the game will benefit Arizona Cardinal Lorenzo Alexander's ACES Foundation, The Brave Dave Open, and the Washington Redskins Alumni Association. Game sponsors include adidas, Buffalo Wild Wings, Giant Food, and two hometown Bethesda companies: Miller & Long and Honest Tea.

Tickets are available now online, and what a great way to help several causes, while making a downpayment on warmer weather! You can get an idea of what the event will be like by watching the video below (the audio is silent due to YouTube muting it, so don't adjust your volume).

Shirley Povich Field, 10600 Westlake Dr.

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