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Father’s Day softball game

to raise funds for vocations

OMAHA (SCR/SNR) – Spirit Catholic Radio, along with the Archdiocese of Omaha and Diocese of Lincoln, will host the second annual “I-80 Collar Series” on Father’s Day—Sunday, June 19—at Werner Park in Papillion.

Twenty-four priests from the Lincoln Diocese are scheduled to play on the team coached by Father Nicholas Kipper, pastor of St. James Parish in Cortland and editor of the Southern Nebraska Register.

This year, the roster includes Bishop James Conley, who was out of the state during last year’s game.

“I am excited to play in the 2016 I-80 Collar Series with the priests of the Diocese of Lincoln,” Bishop Conley said. “I will be pitching this year, so I am getting my arm warmed up and ready to go!

“I hope that there is another great showing of fans who will come to the ballpark for a great evening of fun and fellowship in support of vocations.”

The game is a six-inning softball game between priests of the Archdiocese of Omaha and Diocese of Lincoln, with all gate proceeds going toward the support of vocations in each diocese.

Last year’s game drew approximately 7,000 people from the two dioceses to support the two teams and the participating priests and raised approximately $50,000 that was split between the Archdiocese of Omaha Vocations Office and Diocese of Lincoln Vocations Office.

“The turn-out and support for the I-80 Collar Series has exceeded our expectations,” said Spirit Catholic Radio executive director Jim Carroll. “We’re looking forward to another successful event this year. The I-80 Collar Series is a family-friendly game in support of vocations—a cause that is so important to us, our parishes and our Catholic community.”

Event coordinators have made improvements in advance of this year’s game which include two gates open to accommodate the large flow of guests to the park; parking assistance to make parking easier; and gates opening at 3 p.m. Guests are welcome to begin tailgating as early as 12 p.m. The game will begin at 5 p.m.

This year, all guests will receive a free gift upon entering the park and the first 2,000 people at the park will receive a free foam baseball bat.  There will be live music, games, drawings and children’s activities as well. Food and drinks will be available to purchase inside Werner Park.

Tickets are $10 per person or $30 for a family pack that includes two adults and all minor children living in the household. Priests, religious and those 2 years old and under are free.

Tickets are available at Spirit Catholic Radio studios, online at spiritcatholicradio.com, and at various retailers in Omaha and Lincoln. For ticket sales locations, a full list of the priests playing in the game and other event details, visit spiritcatholicradio.com.

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