Money raised will go to local little league teams
Update: The Progress received word after press time that this event has been cancelled.
[Update: The director of the Pickens County Recreation Department called the Progress and wanted it noted that this not an event they are associated with.]
Most everyone remembers Otis Nixon’s game saving catch in 1992. Now, over 20 years later, the former Atlanta Braves superstar wants to help local little leaguers dream the big dreams and reach their goals.
Nixon will be at the Jasper WalMart this Friday, June 28 from noon to 3 p.m. signing autographs and raising money that will go back to little league teams in the Pickens community. Children or adults can purchase baseballs from Walmart for Nixon to sign and they will receive a free autographed Otis Nixon picture. Larger pictures will also be available for sale for $10 or you can bring in your own balls, bats or other gear, make a donation and get an autograph.
“I’m from a low-income family in North Carolina,” Nixon, who now lives in Ranger, said in a telephone interview. “I want to give back to the little league community, especially in rural communities. Equipment, uniforms, all of that is expensive. I’ve been doing this for all my life, raising money through golf tournaments and other things. You never know where the next major league player is going to come from.”
Nixon is also organizing a free one-day clinic for Pickens little league teams that will feature Major League players such as John Rocker, free food and more. Details about the event will be released as they become available.
“I want to do this in the next 60 days before the baseball season is over,” Nixon said, who has plans to host the free clinic in Gordon County and others as well. “We are going to invite all the teams out and feed the little guys and have a good time.”
Learn more about The Nixon Foundation at otisnixonfoundation.org.