Just like flying squirrels, baseball players are adept at gliding across grassy fields, munching on seeds, and dodging bats in mid-air. Witness this acrobatic species in its natural habitat with this Groupon.
The Jose Canseco vs. Evan Malamud Home Runs for Autism charity event will be held at Ottawa Stadium on Saturday, May 12, at 2 p.m. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and children aged six and under receive free admission. After the home run derby, fans can stick around to watch a celebrity softball game at 3:30 p.m., followed by a charity auction at 5:30 p.m., which will feature sports memorabilia donated by the Gretzky family, autographed game-used hockey sticks from NHL players Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, and more.
Evan Malamud is a diehard baseball fan, softball player, and, most importantly, a father of three, including to his son and sports fanatic Jaedyn, who was diagnosed with autism several years ago at the age of two. Looking for a way to give back to the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontariowhere Jayden has received treatment since his diagnosisEvan recently challenged six-time MLB all-star, former MVP, and one of his personal favourite players, Jose Canseco, to a charitable homerun derby via Twitter. Then, in a twist worthy of a Hollywood script or elementary school daydream, Canseco accepted.
On May 12, cloud-scraping softballs will be launched across Canada's capital in an effort to not only raise autism awareness, but also to raise funds for Jaedyn's hospital. After Malamud and Canseco square off in a head-to-head homerun derby, the pitch pummelling continues during a celebrity softball game where public figures, such as former Ottawa Senator Shaun Van Allen, clash for diamond supremacy. Sports fans can also expand their memorabilia collections during a charitable auction after the game, or at a Jose Canseco autograph signing on Friday, May 11, at Hazeldean Mall. There, the legendary slugger will dish out signatures to collectors and apologies to numerous broken bats.
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