Mark Cuban, Michael Clarke Duncan, Dallas Athletes, ‘Pitch In’ To Help Children at Reebok Heroes Event
In honor of the recent passing of Michael Clarke Duncan, the Class Act Sports team wanted to recognize the true class act that he really was as he was featured in this event and giving back to the community.
The stars were out and smiling in steamy Frisco, Texas, as they gathered for Reebok’s 10th annual Heroes Celebrity Baseball game at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Benefiting The Heroes Foundation and The Mike Modano Foundation, the event featured over a dozen celebrities and athletes pairing up with amateur ball players to raise money for two worthy organizations benefiting children in the local community. The Class Act Sports team was on hand to learn more.
One of the main attractions featured the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy, allowing fans to take pictures while capturing the success of the Mavericks victory over the Heat in 2011. Mavs owner Mark Cuban was also in attendance and still reeling from his team’s championship season.
“Oh my God, you know, the Larry O’ Brien Trophy – it’s like my new best friend. [I’m just] proud of the guys, proud of everything we’ve been able to accomplish, just amazed at the reception the Dallas, Fort Worth, North Texas has given us,” said Cuban.
The Pittsburgh-born billionaire has remained heavily involved in the Heroes Foundation over the years, helping founder Charlie McKinney build a baseball diamond and basketball center for local youths to benefit from.
“There’s always been organizations that try to use athletics…We really wanted to connect to kids through sports, but put the focus on academics,” he said.
McKinney and longtime Dallas Stars center Mike Modano teamed to form his foundation, which raises money to assist underprivileged children throughout the greater Dallas area.
“Mike and I are great friends, have been for years and we do business together. Ten years ago, I asked Mike, you know, the biggest name in Dallas if he would lend his name to this event and he said ‘Absolutely,’” said McKinney.
A number of Dallas Cowboys players were also in attendance, including linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Bradie James, tight end Martellus Bennett, and wide receiver Dez Bryant.
“No matter what the cause is, as long as it’s a good cause, I’m there to support. If I’m available, I’m there… Come on, let’s play!” said Bennett.
Topping off the already impressive roster were actors Donald Faison, Michael Clarke Duncan, Geoff Stults and Dave Annable. Fans were also treated to a fireworks finale following the festivities, along with a performance of “God Bless America” by David Archuleta during the seventh-inning stretch.
The Heroes Foundation has served more than 25,000 children throughout the Dallas area and raised over $4.5 million since 2001 while preparing them for school, college and a professional career.