Fox Sports Net Florida and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays have rescheduled the HOME RUNS FOR HOPE CHALLENGE for Monday, June 24 at Tropicana Field. Businesses from Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and surrounding areas are invited to participate in the event, which pits five-member teams against each other in a battle for points. Each member of participating corporate teams will receive 20 pitches from a pitching machine. Points are awarded based on the distance of each hit. The corporate team earning the most cumulative points receives prizes, including the HOME RUNS FOR HOPE CHALLENGE traveling trophy. The winning corporate team will retain the Home Runs For Hope Challenge trophy until the 2003 competition.
In exchange for an entry fee of $500.00, local companies receive a five-member batting team, the opportunity to meet members of the 2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays team, and the chance to step into the batter's box at Tropicana Field. All net proceeds will be donated to the Rays of Hope Foundation, dedicated to the education and welfare of children in the Tampa Bay community.
Fox Sports Net's veteran telecast team, Dewayne Staats, Joe Magrane, and Todd Kalas, will participate in the HOME RUNS FOR HOPE CHALLENGE, which takes place from 9:00am – 3:00pm on June 24. The public is welcomed attend. Corporate teams can call 727-825-3202 to register or for more information.