Bronco Football Hosts Charity Softball Game
Boise State football players using their athletic talent in a softball game to support a youth golf charity.  The unique sporting triple play takes place this Saturday night (July 16th) with the fourth annual Bronco Football Team Softball Challenge to benefit the First Tee of Idaho.

The fourth annual challenge takes place at Hawks Memorial Stadium (5600 N. Glenwood Street) in West Boise, presented this year by the United Dairymen of Idaho.  Gates open at 5 p.m., with the Nampa Floors "Get Floored" Home Run Derby at 6 p.m., followed by the six inning softball game at 7 p.m.  All tickets are $5 and can be pre-purchased at Hawks Stadium or at the gates on the night of the game.  The Challenge Family Pack is $20, which includes two adult tickets and up to six youth tickets.  All proceeds generated from the game go directly to the operating and event needs for the First Tee of Idaho.

Senior quarterback Kellen Moore will serve as the Offensive team captain, while senior safety George Iloka will captain the Defensive squad.  In total, 40 Bronco players (20 offense and 20 defense) will participate in the game and in between inning crowd interactive promotions.  Six players will square off in the Get Floored Home Run Derby.  Additionally, fans can purchase raffle tickets at the game with an opportunity to win Bronco memorabilia, autograph items and game tickets for the upcoming season.

Following the game, Bronco players will remain at the stadium to sign commemorative Bronco Challenge posters, which will be given away on the night of the game.  To best accommodate everyone wanting autographs, the complimentary posters will be the only item signed by players.  All fans attending the game will also receive a Boise State theme regulation baseball, courtesy of presenting sponsor United Dairymen of Idaho and the Milk Victory campaign.

The Bronco Football Team Softball Challenge debuted in 2008 with former Bronco quarterback Bush Hamdan putting the event together as a community outreach project.  Senior class members each year since have helped organize the game and continued the charity event, which will surpass the $25,000 mark in funds raised for the First Tee of Idaho following this year's game.

The First Tee of Idaho is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to positively impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

One of the core values of the Boise State football program is serving as community ambassadors.  This year alone, Bronco players have tallied nearly 700 hours of volunteer and community service work benefiting numerous organizations throughout the Treasure Valley, including the First Tee of Idaho, Optimist Youth Football, Make-A-Wish Idaho, St. Luke's Children's Hospital, the Albertson's Foundation Go On Program, Operation School Bell, Red Ribbon Week and Dr. Seuss Reading Month.

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