Zach Ertz’s quest to become the Philadelphia Eagles all-time Home Run King may have hit a speed bump, but he still helped Team Wentz in more way than one at Carson Wentz’s inaugural AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game
Approximately 25,000 fans filled Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies to cheer Zach and the Eagles in a different arena, right across the street from their usual home at Lincoln Financial Field. The afternoon began with a Home Run Derby and ended with a thrilling contest between teams captained by Wentz and Jordan Hicks, who both could not participate in the event due to injury.
The event began with a Home Run Derby, which saw Zach, who has out-homered his peers at CBP before, advance to the Finals before ultimately falling to offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski.
Zach Ertz just cranked a few home runs in BP at the AO1 charity game. pic.twitter.com/I9mMNeISsf
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The third-place finish for Zach didn’t deter Wentz, who made his tight end and favorite pass-catching target his first pick in the draft for the softball game portion of the evening. Team Wentz also featured Wisniewski, Fletcher Cox, Jason Kelce, Jalen Mills, Corey Clement, Bryce Treggs, Nate Sudfeld, as well as newcomers Richard Rodgers, Mike Wallace and rookie Dallas Goedert.
And after falling behind early to Hicks’ team, which featured Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, kicker Jake Elliott, wideout Nelson Agholor and others, Team Wentz rallied to a 23-12 victory in the inaugural event.
More importantly, Zach, who has been a big supporter of Wentz’s AO1 Charity, and his teammates, helped Wentz create a fun event for fans that raised plenty of money for charity. During the game, the Eagles quarterback presented a check of more than half-a-million dollars from his AO1 Foundation charity to fund the construction of a sports complex in Haiti. Wentz also unveiled a food truck named “Thy Kingdom Crumb” which the foundation will fund and send out in Philly and provide food to those in need.
“As I reflect on the foundation’s first year, I’m amazed by the support from people all over the world,” Wentz said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect when we began this journey, and I had the idea of the charity softball game, but it has been nothing short of incredible to see how God has used us to spread his love!”