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Lincoln, Omaha priests to battle for I-80 title

Father’s Day softball game to raise funds for vocations

(SNR) - Spirit 102.7-FM, the Diocese of Lincoln and the Archdiocese of Omaha, will present the “I-80 Collar Series”—a softball game between priests of the Diocese of Lincoln and Archdiocese of Omaha.

The event will be held Sunday, June 21 at 5 p.m. (Father’s Day) at Werner Park in Papillion. All proceeds from the event will be split between the vocations offices in the two dioceses and will go to support vocations.

“We see this as a fun way to bring about awareness of vocations by seeing our priests in a ‘regular guy’ setting having fun,” said Jim Carroll, executive director of Spirit Catholic Radio. “And we’re looking forward to moving the game to Lincoln next year!”

To date, 25 priests from the Lincoln Diocese are scheduled to play on the team coached by Father Jeffrey Eickhoff, rector of St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward. Emeritus Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz will throw out the first pitch.

The family-friendly event will offer a number of opportunities for families to enjoy including optional “bring-your-own” tailgating beginning at 3:30 p.m., a kids’ fun zone with carousel and bounce houses, face painting, drawings, entertainment and more. Additionally, the first 1,000 people at the park will receive an I-80 Collar Series foam noodle, and parking for the event is free.

T-shirts will be on sale at the event. Spectators are invited to wear their team’s color— Lincoln is red, Omaha is blue—and cheer for their priests.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Lincoln will have at least 100 red “rally towels” to wave in support of the Lincoln priests available during the tailgate. The Society will ask for donations of $3 to cover the cost of the towel, and additional proceeds will be used to serve the poor.

Tickets can be purchased online at spiritcatholicradio.com, at the Spirit 102.7-FM studios in Lincoln, Gloria Deo in Lincoln, the John XXIII Center in Lincoln, the UNL Newman Center and Raising Cane’s in Lincoln. In case of inclement weather, rain date information will be announced at spiritcatholicradio.com, and on Spirit 102.7-FM.

Ticket prices are $10 per person (age 4 and older; children 3 and under are free) or $30 per family - which includes two adults and children under 18. Priests and religious receive free admission. For more information, visit spiritcatholicradio.com.

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