Dressed in a purple button-down shirt and black pants, Larry Fitzgerald walks through a High Street restaurant on St. Patrick’s Day, without garnering as much as a glance from fellow diners. Like many celebrities, he prefers to keep his private life exactly that.
But there’s one thing that he wants to drive attention to and that’s the fight against breast cancer. His mother, Carol, died during a battle with the disease in 2003.
“For me, two very important issues that affect me the most are breast cancer and providing youth with opportunities,” Fitzgerald says.
“That’s made an impact on my life. I’ve had positive mentors, wonderful teachers and resources so I could get an education.”
To raise money for these causes, Fitzgerald is once again hosting the Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game on Saturday, April 22, at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. For the seventh year, celebrities and superstar athletes will try their hand at softball for charity.
The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recipient has rallied his buddies for the event that benefits nonprofit entities that assist children and families across the nation. A list of participating celebrities was not available at press time. This, Fitzgerald says, is his favorite time of the year.
“I love to help the community,” he says. “A lot of times I go to schools and some kids don’t even have writing utensils and paper. How can you write about what you learn? Equipping kids with what they need to fulfill their dreams, I think, is important.”
During the Double Play Celebrity Softball Game, fans have been able to interact with the celebrities, which enhances the experience. A 6 p.m. home run derby precedes the game that starts at 7 p.m.
“We want it to be fun for everybody,” he says. “We want fans to go back home and tell their aunt, brother or sister that Larry Fitzgerald’s event was competitive and fun to watch. The auction items were great. The parking wasn’t bad and the concession people were friendly. I want them, from every aspect, to have a good time.”
Larry Fitzgerald Double Play Celebrity Softball Game, Salt River Fields, 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, http://bit.ly/2nwu8GJ, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 22, $20-$500.