GMEN HQ: How did your Charity Softball game become the overwhelming success it is today? What plans do you have for this year’s event and visions for the future?
LPG: I knew I wanted to do something for charity.
I didn’t exactly know what it was. I have a pretty cool following. The License Plate Guy or the New York Football Giants, I should say, gave me that opportunity to have this platform of LPG.
Years back, I did this tailgate for the Pink Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness. I got a hundred people there. I raised like $3,500 or $4,000. I was like, “This is pretty cool.”
I became really close with Landon Collins and we were at the Pro Bowl and I was like, “We should do some charity events.” He said, “Okay. So what are we doing?” And I was like, “I’m a big softball guy. So, how about a softball game?” Then, he said he was down.
Shortly after, I called my friend, Brandon Jacobs. I said, “Listen, here’s what I just did. Do you think you and I could get the 2007 and 2011 teams? And he said back, “Yeah, let’s do it.” So I told him, “Okay, We’re going to play Brandon Jacobs and the Giants’ Super Bowl-winning teams versus Landon Collins and the current team.”
I had no idea what to expect, I couldn’t believe I got 3000 people to attend the game. When I tell you about the first year, I couldn’t believe we got 70 Giants. It brought a tear to my eye, I was blown away. We raised $30,000.
And then the next year, we got 80 Giants and another $40,000. The next year, there were over 100 Giants. We tipped the scales at over a $100,000 in three years for charity.
Being a super fan, that doesn’t mean as much to me as the platform that I’m giving. Everybody is a freaking super fan. You want to go to games, you want to put on a Giants t-shirt and a Giants hat, you’re a fan. You’re a super fan, you’re going to the games. But, raising over a hundred thousand dollars for charity, that’s pretty freaking cool.
The 2021 event is still a maybe. I have no idea what to expect with COVID-19. I really hope that we’re geared up to go. I have no idea. Who’s the face of it? We’re going to play it by ear. The turn of the year should tell us a lot. But regardless of the past X amount of years with the game, we’re going to have it again.