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Special Olympics to Benefit From Thursday’s Double Header at Trustmark Park, NewsMS Players Featured

VIDEO: News Mississippi’s Chelsea Corona gets in some practice for Thursday’s game.

JACKSON, Miss.–It’s a double header Thursday at Trustmark Park in Pearl that will start with a game to benefit the Special Olympics of Mississippi. Some of the players at the 5 p.m. game will be people you hear every day on News Mississippi.

That game is the Media Giants v. Phil’s Phillies. That’s right, the media will take on Gov. Phil Bryant and crew, and Tuesday the teams went out for a practice.

Both teams will also feature athletes who participate in the Special Olympics.

The night has been dubbed the “Hit a Home Run for Special Olympics Presented by Watson Quality Ford”, said Special Olympics President and CEO Tony Bahou.

“We’re using as an awareness campaign, to showcase our athletes, that they can play in a unified atmosphere, with folks without intellectual disabilities, that they ca compete at a high level. And we’re also using it as a fundraiser,” said Bahou.

Last year, the governor’s team lost. This year, Bahou believes both teams are better organized and that you should be able to see a good game. You might expect to hear some smack talk, too.

The Media Giants will include some names you might know, including News Mississippi’s Chip Ward, Chelsea Corona, and Chris Davis, WAPT TV’s Scott Simmons, SuperTalk Mississippi’s JT and Bob, Nate from Y101’s Nate and Murphy (a radio morning show in the Jackson Metro), and long-time radio news man Randy Bell, with Miss103.

“We always enjoy a little annual competition with our friends in the media, and we are excited to play on behalf of Special Olympics Mississippi this year,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “An evening spent cheering the Mississippi Braves is always enjoyable, and I encourage families to come early on Aug. 14 and show support for Special Olympics Mississippi.”

You can stay for the Braves v. Biscuits game at 7.

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