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PHILLIES' CAMERON RUPP TO HOST "BIG LEAGUE IMPACT FANTASY FOOTBALL CHALLENGE" FOR CHARITY ON AUGUST 29

New fantasy football draft-day VIP experience gives fans the chance to participate in a live draft - and compete in a fantasy football league - against Cameron Rupp and Phillies players

Fans are invited to take a seat at the table and compete in a fantasy football challenge with major league players - all to benefit charity.

On Tuesday, August 29, at 10 a.m., Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp will kick off his inaugural "Big League Impact Fantasy Football Challenge" by hosting a Live Draft Party at Citizens Bank Park, giving donors the unique experience to draft and play fantasy football against Rupp and his teammates.

Fans are invited to take a seat at the table and compete in a fantasy football challenge with major league players - all to benefit charity.

On Tuesday, August 29, at 10 a.m., Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp will kick off his inaugural "Big League Impact Fantasy Football Challenge" by hosting a Live Draft Party at Citizens Bank Park, giving donors the unique experience to draft and play fantasy football against Rupp and his teammates.

Other highlights to this all-day, VIP fantasy draft-day event include team photos, autographed memorabilia, limited edition BLI merchandise, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies ballgirls, pre-game batting practice viewing, as well as seats to that night's Phillies-Braves game. Donors also have the chance to compete for prizes and there will be adoptable dogs from the Pennsylvania SPCA on-site.

In addition, participants in Cameron Rupp's Big League Impact Fantasy Football Challenge will compete in weekly fantasy leagues against Rupp and his teammates.

"The 2017 fantasy football season is approaching and I'm excited to kick it off with this very fun event for charity," said Rupp. "On August 29, I look forward to competing against fans, as well as my teammates, during the Live Draft of our inaugural Big League Impact Fantasy Football Challenge."

Proceeds from this event will go directly to Phillies Charities, Inc., the Pennsylvania SPCA and the BLI Global Initiative, which provides clean water and medicine, saving lives around the world.

Registration for Cameron Rupp's Big League Impact Fantasy Football Challenge is available at bigleagueimpact.org. This is Rupp's second charity event of the season, which is being held just a month after his inaugural, sold-out Ruppapalooza event that benefited the Pennsylvania SPCA.

ABOUT BIG LEAGUE IMPACT

Big League Impact Fantasy Football Leagues have raised over $1.4M in four years.

Founded by Adam Wainwright and his brother Trey, Big League Impact started with a single fantasy football charity event in 2013 and has expanded to nine MLB cities: San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York, St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay.

Now in its fifth season, over 100 MLB players have taken part in a BLI League. Some of the participants include: Hunter Pence, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Neil Walker, Kyle Gibson, Joe Mauer, Brian Dozier, Torii Hunter, Matt Holliday, Michael Wacha, Bryce Harper, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander, David Wright, Daniel Murphy, Max Scherzer, Ozzie Smith, actor Jon Hamm and St. Louis Rams legends Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner. To date, BLI has raised over $1.4M supporting over 30 charities in the US and around the globe.

BLI seeks to maximize return on social investment by working with vetted organizations where need and impact are greatest.  

"The growth we've seen in Big League Impact this year is really exciting," said Wainwright. "We hope that this is only the beginning. We did some research and discovered that if 10% of all the money spent on professional sports were given to effective charities, we could end world poverty seven times over."

ABOUT PHILLIES CHARITIES, INC.

Phillies Charities, Inc. is the charitable arm of the Phillies organization, serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware as well as areas near the Phillies' minor league affiliates. Continued fan support of fundraisers contribute largely to a Phillies Charities, Inc. Grant Fund. Grants are awarded on a regular basis to primarily local organizations serving a wide variety of needs.  

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