Drew Brees will captain the Saints' offense. (Joe Maitrejean)
It will be power against speed when the Saints Offense plays the Saints Defense in the second annual Heath Evans Softball Showdown this Tuesday at Zephyr Field in Metairie.
New Orleans Saints starting fullback Heath Evans is hosting his charity softball game with more than 30 of his teammates expected to participate.
The second annual Heath Evans Softball Showdown presented by Boh Bros. Construction, First NBC and Peba Oil & Gas features a Home Run Derby at 6:30 p.m. followed by the seven-inning game. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Drew Brees, who put on a one-man hitting show at last yearâ€™s game, will captain the Offense. He will be joined by Evans, Lance Moore, David Thomas, Jimmy Graham, Garrett Hartley, Chase Daniel, Jon Stinchcomb, Carl Nicks, Jermon Bushrod, Jahri Evans, Zach Strief, Jonathan Goodwin, Lynell Hamilton, Adrian Arrington, Sean Canfield, Matt Tennant, Tyler Lorenzen and Joique Bell.
Linebacker Jonathan Vilma will captain the Defense. Among those expected to join him are Anthony Hargrove, Darren Sharper, Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Patrick Robinson, Will Smith, Randall Gay, Jabari Greer, Leigh Torrance, Danny Clark, Jeff Charleston, Pierson Prioleau and Jon Casillas.
Rookie linebackers Martez Wilson and Nate Bussey of Illinois and cornerback Johnny Patrick of Louisville are also expected to participate.
The game is open to the public. Admission is $10 and tickets are available at the Zephyr Field box office in Metairie and on TicketMaster.com.
However, for a $15 ticket, spectators are automatically entered into a raffle for a chance to help manage each team. Each winner and one guest will be an honorary coach of the Saints teams, spending the game in the dugout, assisting with arranging the lineup and other managerial functions.
â€œThis may be the only opportunity for fans to see their Saints players for a long time because of the lockout,â€ said Evans. â€œLast yearâ€™s softball game was a huge success thanks to the fans and my teammates. Everyone had a lot of fun and this yearâ€™s game will be even better!
â€œItâ€™s family-friendly for the fans and weâ€™re raising money for a good cause, one that my wife, Beth Ann, and I strongly believe in. I really appreciate my teammates coming out to play, especially in light of the lockout.â€
After the game, there will be an entertaining fireworks extravaganza produced by AFX Pro of New Orleans, which has also created spectacular displays at the Saints home games, as well as nine Super Bowls and for the NBAâ€™s Hornets and Thunder.
Proceeds from the game and the raffle will benefit the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Heath Evans Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering hope and healing in the lives of children and families affected by sexual abuse.
Evans said the foundation provides access to a variety of programs, treatments and services in communities with great need and scarce resources, including New Orleans and West Palm Beach, where he grew up.
Sponsors include Boh Bros. Construction Co., First NBC, Peba Oil & Gas, AFX Pro of New Orleans, Miken Sports and Jefferson Life Magazine.
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