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Former Tiger Addai to Host Champions for Children
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Published: July 02, 2010, 01:46 PM (CT)
by Matt Dunaway, Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - Former LSU standout running back and Super Bowl champion Joseph Addai along with other professional and local athletes will hit the lanes at the Champions for Children 2010 event to benefit the Heritage Ranch Christian Children's Home.

Addai, who ranks No. 5 in LSU history with 2,577 rushing yards to his credit, will serve as event host and Gordy Rush will emcee. Stevie Weber, a professional bowler, currently on the PBA tour will also provide a demonstration during an exhibition game at the event.

In addition to Addai, the current line-up of "super" bowlers includes former LSU wide receiver Early Doucet, LSU Assistant Athletic Director Craig Pintens, and LSU basketball greats Ricky Blanton and Rudy Macklin.

"Super" Bowling with Addai and Friends is open to the public at Metro Bowl Baton Rouge, located at 4388 Airline Highway. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 8.

Tickets are $35 for adults and children. Proceeds from the event benefit Heritage Ranch, an area non-profit, serving community youth through Life Skills classes, mentoring, and service-learning programs at local schools, and founders of a residential children's home to serve children in crisis.

"I'm excited and honored to host a great event for a great cause," Addai said. "What is particularly special about this event is that players and fans of all bowling skill levels get to play together, side-by-side, all in the name of helping children and families."

Prior to bowling, the NFL greats and other star athletes will talk with children and youth, pose for signed photographs with fans, and donate collectible items for on-site live and silent auctions.

"In addition to being an exceptionally fun time for all participants, this event helps to promote a wonderful cause and make a real difference, positively impacting the lives of local children and families," said Vicki Ellis, Ranch Executive Director. "Heritage Ranch is especially excited to bring professional athletes together with children and youth who can benefit from the athletes' experiences and encouragement."

Tickets can be purchased online at www.hrbr.org. For more information including corporate sponsorship opportunities, beginning at $500, contact Wendy Hellinger at wendy@hrbr.org or by phone at (225) 302-7932.

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