Hibbert, teammates, go to bat for charity

May 25, 2010
by Conrad Brunner || Caught in the Web Archive ||

Seeing Roy Hibbert bat, in and of itself, would be worth the price of admission.

But that will only be a small part of the overall entertainment value when Hibbert co-hosts (with Colts standout Robert Mathis) the Caroline Symmes Memorial Celebrity Softball Challenge June 3 at Victory Field. The event benefits the Indiana Children's Wish Fund and is presented by The Tony Stewart Foundation.

Roy Hibbert playing softball

Hibbert will be joined by teammates Danny Granger, Dahntay Jones and Josh McRoberts in the game. Pacers TV sideline reporter Stacy Paetz also will participate. Jeff Foster and Quinn Buckner will serve as celebrity coaches. Boomer and members of the Pacemates also will be on hand.

Mathis was one of 25 Colts players (including Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney and Pierre Garcon) to participate last year. Other local celebrities scheduled to be on hand include Bob Kravitz of The Indianapolis Star, TV sports types Chris Hagan (WXIN), Dave Furst (WRTV) and Dave Calabro (WTHR), former Colts Jeff George and Jack Trudeau and Butler's own Matt Howard, Ronald Nored and Shelvin Mack.

Pacers radio voice Mark Boyle and WISH-TV sports anchor Anthony Calhoun will share the emcee duties.

Tickets are $5 (admission is free for children 3 and under) and are available through Ticketmaster or at the Victory Field box office. The game starts at 7 p.m.

In addition to the softball game, a special Kids Interactive Game area will be available and includes fun games, face painting, and local mascots. The evening will conclude with a firework display.

Prior to the game, 1070 The Fan will hold the “Budweiser Home Run Derby."

The event is in memory of Caroline Symmes, a Wish child who was involved with the inaugural softball event and passed away in December 2009. Proceeds from this event will help Indiana Children’s Wish Fund grant wishes to Indiana children, ages 3 -18, who suffer from a life-threatening illness. Indiana Children’s Wish Fund has granted over 2,000 wishes within the past 26 years to Indiana.

Another obstacle for Price

A.J. Price's career has been marked by obstacles, medical and otherwise. The latest is a fractured kneecap suffered in a charity softball game at a high school near his hometown on Long Island, N.Y.

Price underwent surgery Tuesday morning in Indianapolis and will miss four to six months. He'll rehab in Indianapolis with the team's medical staff. If he misses the minimum, Price could be ready for the start of camp. If he misses the maximum, he won't be back till December.

It's a blow to the Pacers, who must overhaul the point guard rotation, as well as to Price, who can ill afford to lose the offseason of conditioning or training camp while battling to improve his station.

Earl Watson, who finished last season as the starter, is a free agent and likely will sign elsewhere. T.J. Ford, who began each of the last two seasons as the starter only to lose the job both times, has one more year left on his contract and has been the subject of much trade speculation.

Now, he's Dr. Daddy Corbeil

It's been a huge month for Pacers trainer Josh Corbeil.

His wife Ellen gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter, just a couple of weeks after Corbeil received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions.

Corbeil maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA on his way to becoming the first trainer in the NBA with the DPT.

So, officially, are we now supposed to call him Dr. Daddy?

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