By Kevin Maher
For the second year in a row, three-time All-Star and World Series champion Anthony Rizzo is hosting his Swing for the Fences Auction, where fans can bid on a multitude of items and experiences to raise funds for The Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.
Auction items include an autographed photo of Rizzo, and experiences — like a 30-minute batting lesson with Yankees players Anthony Rizzo, Aaron Judge, and Giancarlo Stanton.
Fans can also bid on tickets to concerts and a wide variety of sports memorabilia among over 100 items.
To bid, fans can now head to the auction’s website or text Rizzo48 to 76278 to sign up. The bidding closes 30 minutes following the final out of the Yankees and Cincinnati Reds game on July 14. All items will be shipped to the winners following the event.
In conjunction with YES Network, the Anthony Rizzo Foundation will take over the broadcast during the Yankees and Reds game at 7:05 p.m. EST. Fans can tune in to hear more about the auction and watch special bits that the foundation filmed with Yankees players.
“We filmed Judge, Stanton, Nestor Cortes Jr., and Gleyber Torres doing some really funny stuff that will air throughout the broadcast,” said Abby Suarez, the foundation’s executive director.
At 18, Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduate and Parkland resident had to pause his budding professional career to undergo six months of chemotherapy.
Now in remission, Rizzo created his foundation in 2012 to assist families through tough times. The foundation raises money for cancer research, helping families battle cancer. His foundation also hosts the Annual Walk-Off for Cancer in Parkland.
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