Dream Team Park’s ties to the NFL continue Saturday when February's Super Bowl XLVIII MVP plus other professional athletes and celebrities come to South Sound.
The park, formerly known as Bucknell and Skyhawks, will host the inaugural Malcolm Smith Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday, June 28, highlighted by Smith, the Seahawks’ linebacker named MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII after February's 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos.
Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday with an autograph and meet-and-greet session at noon followed by a home run derby and then the main event, a 7-inning celebrity softball game.
The park is at 425 Marvin Road, S.E. in Lacey.
In addition to Smith, other pro athletes and celebrities scheduled to appear include: Seahawks rookie Paul Richardson, former Seattle Mariners pitcher Jeremy Bonderman, Austin Pettis (St. Louis Rams), TJ McDonald (St. Louis Rams), Trumaine Johnson (St. Louis Rams), Marquess Wilson (Chicago Bears).
Proceeds largely benefit Dream Team Park for up-keeping and maintenance of the 12-acre facility, said event coordinator Michael Goff.
“It’s a good event, and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Goff said.
The park, co-owned by the Fultons of Olympia, has hosted celebrity softball games in previous years involving the Seahawks. In 2008, Skyler Fulton, a 2000 Capital High graduate and two-sport athlete at Arizona State whose Seahawks tryout in 2006 ended because of injury, helped organize Bobby Engram’s Celebrity Softball Classic at Bucknell Park in 2008, and again in ‘09 at Cheney Stadium.
Skyler and Josh Fulton helped bring another charity softball game back to South Sound, too, with their ties to professional football and baseball and ties to athletes who give back to local communities.
“That just shows it’s a huge respect for both sides,” Goff said.
On Friday, June 27, Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester hosts a public meet-and-agreet with athletes attending Saturday’s event from 8-10 p.m. for adults 21 and older.
Tickets for both Friday and Saturday can be purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/639296. Prices range from $30 to $70.