Joe Southwick is the two-time defending Home Run Derby champion.
July 5, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State football team will host the sixth annual Bronco Football Summer Classic presented by Milk Victory, July 13 (Saturday). The charity softball game will once again benefit the First Tee of Idaho, with all ticket and concession proceeds going directly to the operating and event needs of the non-profit organization.
This year's game will once again take place at Hawks Memorial Stadium. The Home Run Derby will begin at 6 p.m., and will be followed by the six-inning softball game at 7 p.m. Gates will open at 5 p.m.
General admission tickets are $3 for kids and $8 for adults, with reserved seat tickets priced at $10 and box seats at $12. The Challenge Family Pack is $20, which includes two adult tickets and up to four youth tickets. Tickets can be pre-purchased on-line at www.boisehawks.com, or at the stadium box office on the night of the game.
In total, 43 Broncos will participate in the game and promotions between innings. Eight players will square off in the Home Run Derby, including Southwick - the two-time defending champion.
Players will also have a chance to show their milk-drinking prowess in the Milk Victory "Chugging" contest, which will take place at home plate at the conclusion of the home run derby.
Fans can purchase raffle tickets at the game with an opportunity to win Bronco memorabilia, autograph items and game tickets for the upcoming season. Following the game, players will remain at the stadium to sign commemorative Bronco Football Summer Classic posters, which will be given away on the night of the game. To best accommodate everyone wanting autographs, the complimentary posters will be the only item signed by players.
The Bronco Football Summer Classic debuted in 2008 with former Bronco quarterback Bush Hamdan putting the event together as a community outreach project. Seniors have helped organize the game and continued the charity event each year since, generating $40,000 in funds for the First Tee of Idaho.
The First Tee of Idaho is a non-profit organization whose mission is to positively impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
One of the core values of the Boise State football program is to serve as community ambassadors. This year alone, Bronco players have tallied nearly 800 hours of volunteer and community service work benefiting numerous organizations throughout the Treasure Valley, including the First Tee of Idaho, Optimist Youth Football, Make-A-Wish Idaho, St. Luke's Children's Hospital, the Albertson's Foundation Go On Program, Operation School Bell, Red Ribbon Week, the Boise Rescue Mission, Special Olympics Idaho and Dr. Seuss Reading Month.