Dream Team Park’s ties to the NFL continue Saturday when Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith and other professional athletes and celebrities come to Lacey.
The park, formerly known as Bucknell and Skyhawks, will host the inaugural Malcolm Smith Celebrity Softball Game, highlighted by Smith, who was selected MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII.
Doors open at 10 a.m., with an autograph and meet-and-greet session at noon followed by a home run derby and the main event, a seven-inning celebrity softball game. The park is at 425 Marvin Road S.E. in Lacey.
Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester will host a public meet-and-greet (for those 21-and-over) from 8-10 p.m. Friday, with some ofthe athletes attending theevent.
Tickets for both Friday and Saturday can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com/event/639296. Prices range from $30-$70.
Other athletes and celebrities scheduled to appear include Seahawks rookie receiver Paul Richardson, former Seattle Mariners pitcher Jeremy Bonderman, Austin Pettis, TJ McDonald and Trumaine Johnson of the St. Louis Rams, and ex-WSU wide receiver and current Chicago Bear Marquess Wilson.
Proceeds will largely be used for the maintenance of the 12-acre Dream Team Park, 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 the past involving Seahawks. 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 the following year at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.
Skyler and Josh Fulton helped bring another charity softball game back to South Sound, too, with their ties to professional football and baseball and other athletes.
“That just shows it’s a huge respect for both sides,” Goff said.