New Albany, Ind. — Former Cincinnati Red and “Big Red Machine” member Ken Griffey, Sr., will headline the first-annual New Albany Sports Social fundraiser, New Albany athletic director B.J. McAlister announced Friday.
The event is being planned as a major fundraiser for the athletic programs at New Albany High School.
“New Albany has a great sports tradition and we’re always looking to build on that,” McAlister said. “This event is another way to make sure we’re developing Bulldog student-athletes and programs while striving for new heights.”
The inaugural New Albany Sports Social will be Sunday, April 19, 2020, at The Grand in downtown New Albany. Larra Overton, a Class of 2001 graduate of New Albany High School, will serve as master of ceremonies. She currently is a host, sideline reporter and producer for the Indianapolis Colts.
VIP tickets will go on sale Monday, Jan. 27. Order forms will be available at New Albany High School athletic events, at NAHS Door 1 and/or via www.GoNewAlbany.com.
For more information, visit GoNewAlbany.com or call (812) 542-8507.
ABOUT GRIFFEY, SR.
Ken Griffey, Sr., made his Major League Baseball debut on Aug. 25, 1973, with the Cincinnati Reds and went on to spend nine seasons with the club, winning two World Series titles as a member of the famed “Big Red Machine.”
In 1976, Griffey batted a career-high .336, finished eighth in the Most Valuable Player voting and was named to The Sporting News National League All-Star team. That season, the Reds won their second consecutive World Series title.
After the 1981 season, Griffey signed with the New York Yankees, where he played from 1982-1986. He went on to play for the Atlanta Braves, a second stint with the Reds and Seattle Mariners.
It was during his time with the Mariners on Aug. 31, 1990, that he made MLB history with his son, Ken, Jr., becoming the first father-son tandem to play together on the same MLB team. Griffey, Sr., also hit back-to-back home runs with his son on Sept. 14, 1990, another MLB first.
In 2097 games, Griffey compiled a lifetime batting average of .296 with 152 home runs and 859 RBIs. He was a three-time All-Star selection (1976, 1977, 1980) and was also named MVP of the 1980 All-Star game.
Griffey, Sr., was inducted into the Reds’ Hall of Fame in 2004.
Overton is a host, reporter and producer for the Indianapolis Colts. She joined the team in July after five years at FOX 59 and CBS 4, most recently as sports reporter and anchor. With the Colts, she serves as the sideline reporter for the Colts’ radio broadcasts, host the weekly Colts 360 program and produces multiple series’ for Colts Productions. In addition to her role with the Colts, she serves as a track and field analyst and sideline reporter for USATF, ESPN and BTN.
Overton grew up in New Albany, and attended Indiana University where she was a captain on the track and field and cross country teams, competing in several NCAA Championships.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in sport communication from IU, she began her broadcasting career at WDRB in Louisville. Overton moved to Indianapolis in 2010, working for the Pacers, Fox Sports and the National Sports Journalism Center at IUPUI.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
4:15 p.m. | Doors open for VIP ticket holders at The Grand. Silent Auction opens.
4:30 p.m. | A one-hour reception with Ken Griffey, Sr., for all VIP ticket holders, including hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and photo opportunities.
5:30 p.m. | Meal.
6:45 p.m. | Introduction of event and special guests by Master of Ceremonies Larra Overton and silent auction closes.
7 p.m. | Special guest speaker, Ken Griffey, Sr.
8:15 p.m. | Live auction, raffle drawing and event wrap up.