George Springer and Friends Hit Ball Out of the Park for SAY at 5th Annual George Springer All-Star Bowling Benefit
Proceeds raised more than $250,000 for SAY (The Stuttering Association for the Young)
Over 400 fans along with George Springer and his teammates in addition to local celebrities, Co-chairs, Lara Bell and Melissa DeAyala , Junior Chair Matthew DeAyala, and Honorary Chair Dr. Carolyn Farb, h.c. helped make the event possible at Bowlmor Houston.
Proceeds from the event will send children from families-in-need to Camp SAY, a two-week life-changing summer camp for young people who stutter, as well as support the Houston George Springer MVP Camp SAY this weekend, serving over 125 local kids who stutter.
Springer, a person who stutters, hosted the Bowling Benefit to provide financial assistance and ensure that children from all socio-economic backgrounds have access to Camp SAY.
Springer, the national spokesperson for Camp SAY, stepped up to the plate to voice his support for young people who stutter.
He began stuttering as a child and understands the challenges, so he welcomed the kids in attendance and all kids who stutter to join his team and to discover their own unique voice.
Noah Cornman , Executive Director of SAY, welcomed the crowd and cheered them on to provide every young person who stutters access to Camp SAY.
Brogan Walters, a Camp SAY kid delivered an inspiring speech, followed by a special performance by Isabella Negron, another Camp SAY camper who encouraged the crowd to get excited to bowl and raise funds for Camp SAY.
The evening was in honor of Jake Kenyon Shulman and William Wilson.
The silent auction provoked friendly competition, but everyone came together to cheer Springer and the celebrity lane captain roster, which included: KTRK’s Greg Bailey , Former Houston Dynamo Brian Ching , CultureMap Columnist Ken Hoffman , Johnny (Bravo) Holloway , Walton & Johnson Radio Show Host Steve Johnson , CW39’s Sharron Melton , KTRK’s David Nuno , and KHOU’s TV Anchor Ron Trevino .
Loading up the bases at the event in support from the Houston Astros were Springer’s teammates: Michael Brantley, Justin Verlander, Jose Altuve, Robinson Chirinos, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Wade Miley, Collin McHugh, Gerrit Cole, Josh James, Brad Peacock, Tony Kemp, Jake Marisnick, Myles Straw, Lance McCullers, Tyler White, Max Stassi, Will Harris, Coach Gary Pettis, Coach Brent Strom, Astros Owner Jim Crane.
ABOUT CAMP SAY
The 2nd Annual George Springer MVP Camp SAY in Houston is Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 28-30, 2019, for young people who stutter.
The free life-changing day camp allows kids and teens the opportunity to meet new friends who stutter and participate in exciting activities that help build confidence.
On Friday, June 28, 2019, all the campers and their families joined George for a meet-and-greet. Afterwards, they joined SAY for the Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners evening game. During MVP Camp SAY on Friday and Saturday, June 29-30, 2019, the day camp programming includes a special screening of the featured length documentary “My Beautiful Stutter.” Which Springer is an Executive Producer along with fellow SAY friend, Board Member and actor Paul Rudd.
FEATURE PHOTO & ADDITIONAL PHOTOS: V. SWEETEN