By Jerry Del Priore and T-Bones Press Release
March Madness is in full effect. With the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks set to play the No. 5 Clemson Tigers Friday night in one of the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games, excitement is brewing.
While it’s a thrilling time of year for college basketball, one former Jayhawk reminds us there are more important things to consider than just hoops.
Frank Mason III, current NBA Sacramento Kings point guard, will host the inaugural Frank Mason III & Friends Charity Softball game on Saturday June 16 at 3:00 pm at T-Bones Stadium–the home of the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent American Association Baseball League.
The softball game will benefit the Children’s Mercy Hospital and The National Youth Foundation.
“I feel that it is my responsibility to come back here every chance I get and stay connected to the community, and Clear Vision Marketing approached me with an opportunity to give back, have fun and to continue to share memorable moments with my Jayhawk family,” Mason said in a press release.
The T-Bones, along with Clear Vision Marketing Group, will present Mason and a few of his celebrity friends as they compete against each other for a day filled with entertainment, rivalry, philanthropy, and even a home run derby.
In addition to Mason, players scheduled to appear (as of release date) include the following: Wayne Selden (Grizzlies/KU alum), Sherron Collins (KU), Wesley Iwundu (Magic/K-State), Rodney McGruder (Heat/K-State), and Jahidi White (NBA alum). More players will be announced at a later date.
To Mason, it’s all about the educational process, making the event all worth the effort.
“Everyone who knows me understands how important my education is to me,” the Petersburg, Virginia, native said. “I want to motivate the youth to develop their literary skills through academic and team building projects, and I plan to achieve this with the help of The National Youth Foundation. I ask that on June 16th, Jayhawk fans come together for a day of fun to interact with me and other KU alumni at T-Bones Stadium.”
The T-Bones baseball organization is more than happy to pitch in and help Mason spread his message of providing more educational opportunities for kids to KU and baseball fans alike, in a familar environment to the basketball standout.
“As a Jayhawk fan, I am thrilled that we’ll be able to see Frank Mason showcase his athleticism a mere 26 miles east of where he created so many memories for KU’s fans,” T-Bones President Adam Ehlert said. “While this is a slightly different playing surface, and significantly less-pressured event than what he’s used to, I know he’ll create an electric, and fan-friendly event. I’m proud that we can partner with Frank and his charities to create these memories.”.
Gates will open at 1:00 pm with the on-field activities set to begin at 2:00pm. Tickets are on sale now. For tickets, click here.