This past month has been full of opportunities to watch the Dallas Cowboys give back to the community and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Remember last month when I got to meet Jason Garrett at Taste of the NFL? Well, I got to meet up with him again but this time the Dallas Cowboys Home Run Derby.
On Wednesday, May 28th, some of our favorite Dallas Cowboys gathered at Globe Life Park for a night full of baseball and giving back to the community. The Dallas Cowboys players traded touchdowns for home runs in a Reliant-sponsored charity competition to benefit The Salvation Army Youth. Each ball hit out of the park earned $1,000, and each player will have 10 chances, with a home run earning an extra swing of the bat. The last pitch comes with the chance to send $2,000 sliding into home for the Gene and Jerry Jones Family North Texas Youth Education Town of The Salvation Army in Arlington.
Players that took a turn at bat with Coach Jason Garrett included DeMarco Murray, Doug Free, Barry Church, Jason Witten, Bruce Carter, Tyron Smith, Sean Lee, Dez Bryant, and Brandon Carr. Cowboys Rookies were in attendance lending a glove to shag balls and interacting acting with the Salvation Army Youth Education Town kids in attendance.
Texas Rangers Alumni, German Dunn, threw pitches to each one of the players one by one. The first round consisted of every player going up to bat and having the chance to hit the ball at least 10 times which that the minimum that could raise each round was $1000. Each player was competing against the rest to see who could raise the most money for The Salvation Army in Arlington. There were a large number of kids from the Salvation Army that got to sit in the stands and cheer for their favorite Dallas Cowboys Players. Once the first round was tallied up, only the players who raised the most money were able to go on to Round 2. The top two hitters from that round were Jason Witten and Barry Church. Church’s 10 hits raised $8,400 to Witten’s $8,300.
This is the third year Reliant has participated in this entertaining sports exchange to benefit a local community nonprofit organization. Last year, the event raised $43,000 for the Salvation Army organization and this year they raised $50,000! I love seeing The Dallas Cowboys paying it forward and giving back to the community. This wouldn’t have been possible without Reliant’s generous donation. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event and hopes that we raise even more money!