Wainwright plays host to annual Fantasy Football fundraiser

Local St. Louis sports heroes played in a fantasy football fundraiser at Busch Stadium on Friday to raise money for St. Louis charities.

For the fifth consecutive year, Adam Wainwright played host to his annual Big League Impact Fantasy Football Live Draft which included big sports stars such as Lance Lynn, Matt Carpenter, Luke Weaver, St. Louis Blues Defenseman and current captain Alex Pietrangelo, and Hockey Hall of Famer, Chris Pronger.

Wainwright addressing the crowd.

The proceeds from the fantasy football draft will benefit Cardinals Care, Operation Food Search of St. Louis, Crisis Aid International and Big League Impact’s Global Initiative Fund.

Wainwright said Big League Impact has raised over a million dollars from such events like this.

“The growth we’ve seen in Big League Impact over the past four years is really exciting,” Wainwright said in a written statement.  “In only a few years, we have already been able to raise over one million dollars by doing just what we were already going to do.  Play fantasy football.”

Before the fantasy football event kicked off, Wainwright detailed where the fundraising donations were being spent.

According to Wainwright, more than 11,000 people now have clean water to use in Honduras and Haiti.

Additionally, Big League Impact has provided thousands of reconstructive vision surgeries and over 10,000 mosquito nets have been provided in Africa to prevent the spread of malaria.

Captain Alex Pietrangelo drafting his picks

Raymond St. Martin, director of Big League Impact, said even though it’s hard to coordinate big events like this, in the end, the effort is worth it.

“It’s quite a challenge we use a pretty small staff and we run 10 events around the country in a short window of time. It’s definitely a lot of work but it’s rewarding and it’s challenging,” St. Martin said. “Adam was like, ‘Are you sure you want to do all of this work?’ and at the end of the day, of course. You wake in the morning and you know you’ve changed someone’s life — that’s worth it.”

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