LINCOLN (SNR) – The third annual I-80 Collar series, a softball game between the priests of the Diocese of Lincoln and the priests of the Archdiocese of Omaha, will be held in Lincoln June 25.
The game, which raises money for the vocations offices in both dioceses, will begin at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, June 25 in Haymarket Park between the “Capital City Clergy” and the “Omaha Padres.”
This year’s game is sponsored and organized by the Knights of Columbus of Nebraska.
Richard Zierke of St. Patrick Parish in Lincoln is the coordinator. He heard at a Knights meeting that the Collar Series might not be held this year.
“Knowing how important this event is to all who have been involved,” he said, he “didn’t want to miss out on the chance to bring the fun to Lincoln.”
After making a few phone calls, and a few face-to-face meetings with Haymarket Park officials, the date was set for June 25.
“It is such a great Catholic event,” he said, “and who does not love baseball?”
Zierke contacted Jim Carroll, executive director of Spirit Catholic Radio who put on the game the last two years in Omaha, to see if would be okay to continue the game and hold it in Lincoln. Zierke said Carroll was very happy that someone was picking it up for this year.
“Something new this year will be the homerun fence,” Zierke said. “Every home run hit by a priest will be sponsored by our community benefactors.
“Your name or your business would displayed on the scoreboard when a player hits a home run.”
Zierke is still accepting sponsors to help defer the cost of the event. He can be contacted at 402-570-6190.
The first two Collar Series games drew crowds of 7-8,000 people, and raised more than $20,000 each year for the Omaha and Lincoln dioceses’ vocations offices.
Attendees at the I-80 Collar Series are welcome to begin tailgating at 1 p.m.
Tickets can be picked up at all parish rectories in Lincoln, Spirit Catholic Radio stations in Lincoln and Omaha, and Gloria Deo in Lincoln. They are also available online from Haymarket Park.