The boxer and his crew will play members of the media in a charity game.
YOUNGSTOWN — Kelly Pavlik is aiming to slam homers instead of boxing opponents on Aug. 9.
The Team Pavlik crew is taking on members of area media organizations in a charity softball match to benefit the United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley.
“We’re thrilled that Kelly and Team Pavlik chose the United Way for this unique fundraiser,” said JoAnn Stock, United Way’s director of marketing. “Kelly’s been a great friend to the United Way, as have the local media groups. We’re excited to get these two groups together in a way that will be fun for them and the community.”
The first “Kelly Pavlik Celebrity Softball Slam” will take place Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. at Cene Park in Struthers.
“I’ll put three out of the park,” Pavlik said. “We might even bat around once or twice to punish the media for all the phone calls.”
Pavlik said it’s great to be doing a fun event for the United Way and trying to keep local charity dollars at home.
The event also offers a unique opportunity for area businesses.
Team Pavlik and Team Media will open their teams each inning to players from various businesses. For a $250 donation to the United Way, area businesses can have up to four employees play an inning with one of the teams.
Stock said the plan for the event is to make it a family picnic atmosphere with games, face-painting and other special events in addition to the game. All of it will be open to the public.
Team lineups tentatively include:
Team Pavlik: The Pavliks (Kelly, Mike Sr., Mike Jr. and Ricky), Jack Loew, John D’Altorio, Mike Cox, Joe Schiavoni and Lou Schiavoni.
Team Media: Joe Scalzo, Rob Todor and Todd Franko from The Vindicator; Bob Hannon, Nate Schick, Joe Aulisio and Roxann Sebest from WKBN/WYTV; Y-103 personalities; and Scott Schneider, Mike Case, Mark Monstrola and Dana Balash from WFMJ.
“I’m thinking we’ll win by 25 runs at least,” Pavlik said. “I’m hitting it wherever Scalzo’s at.”
The Vindicator’s Franko has been putting together the media team for the last few weeks.
“I’m trying to find teammates who won’t take a knee as quickly as Pavlik’s last opponent,” he said. “I’ve watched the fights, he’s beatable — in softball.”
For more information, contact Stock at (330) 746-8494.