Carson Wentz’s AO1 Charity softball game was a huge success on Friday as they raised around $500,000 for charity!
Every year, Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz brings the city together to raise money for his foundation, AO1. Ever since his arrival in 2016, Wentz had plans to raise money off the field for the ‘Audience of One’ Foundation, which he created in an attempt to help out those who are less fortunate not only in Philadelphia — but in Haitai as well.
Considering Wentz’s popularity in Philadelphia, he’s able to pull some major strings. Unlike most charitable softball games, Wentz is able to host his event at Citizens Bank Park, which is the home of the Philadelphia Phillies. While the turnout doesn’t exactly pack the stadium as a Phillies game would, the attendance is typically impressive for a slow-pitch softball game.
Plenty showed up for the big event
Before the big event on Friday, Wentz met with the media in a press conference to discuss the game’s mission. Then, he took the field with the rest of his teammates while they put on a show with a home-run derby (won by Richard Rodgers) and an offense versus defense battle in a full-fledged game of slow-pitch softball in front of 15,000 Philadelphia Eagles fans.
According to NJ Advanced Media’s Zack Rosenblatt, the game generated $500,000, which will go strictly to the AO1 Foundation’s missions in Philly and Haitai. While the number was slightly down from last year’s game, which raised around $900,000, Wentz and his foundation are still doing an excellent job of putting together a productive yearly event, which is helping out plenty of people.
Since the softball games debut last year, AO1 has been able to raise around $1.35 million, according to CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin. The best part about it? Wentz isn’t done with his offseason mission just yet. This summer, he plans to continue the yearly tradition of his charitable food truck, which is called ‘Thy Kingdom Crumb.’ And in addition to the food truck, Wentz will also have an Ice Cream truck around raising money, and giving out free treats as well.