LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has partnered with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) to host Homeruns and Heroes, a fundraiser aimed at raising funds to complete construction at the Torii Hunter Baseball, Softball and Little League Complex on UAPB’s campus. The event is scheduled for Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Governor’s Mansion. Governor Beebe will be one of the celebrities at the event along with Major League Baseball All-Stars Torii Hunter of the Detroit Tigers and Cliff Lee of the Philadelphia Phillies. Hunter and Lee are both Arkansans.
According to UAPB Athletics Director Lonza Hardy, the Home Runs and Heroes event will be just one of many fundraisers that will be held throughout the year to generate revenue to help them better serve UAPB students as well as the community at large. The revenue generated from the January 30th affair at the Governor’s Mansion will help make it possible to finish the Phase II and III construction at the Torii Hunter Complex. Once the complex is fully completed, it will be the crown jewel of baseball venues in the Arkansas Delta.
When completed, the Torii Hunter Complex will be a state-of-the-art sports facility on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus that will be the crown jewel of college sports venues in the Arkansas Delta. The final phase of construction will allow the baseball stadium to seat more than 500 fans including comfortable box seats, a press box, VIP suites and a concessions stand. Along with the top-caliber NCAA Division I baseball and softball teams that travel to Pine Bluff to play the Golden Lions and Lady Lions, little league competitions, sports camps and clinics will be conducted at complex along with local, regional and state high school playoff games. The tournaments, teams and fans that converge upon Pine Bluff will have a tremendous economic impact on the local and area economy.
“Anyone who loves baseball will certainly want to attend Homeruns and Heroes and get an opportunity to meet Governor Mike Beebe and Major League Baseball All-Stars Torii Hunter and Cliff Lee,” said Hardy. “Individuals can purchase tickets and businesses can become sponsors, all in the name of helping to make the dreams of our young people become realities.”
Tickets are $400 per person and can be purchased via www.uapb.edu/heroes or by calling the Office of University Relations and Development at (870) 575-8701.