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#TylerHype continues as Tyler and Hunter team up at Big League Impact SF

September 10, 2016

It all started with an idea on the way into the office which led to a couple of phone calls and by the end of the week, it all came together.

“So, we have this idea that there may be a Make-A-Wish child in the Bay Area who has a wish to meet Hunter Pence and may even like fantasy football. If so, why wouldn’t we invite them to draft with Hunter and manage his team with him throughout the year?”

The Make-A-Wish producer, Micaela, got it immediately and with only 10 days before the event SF Wish went on a  mission to find the right child. The ball had been set into motion on the hope that there would be a child and every stakeholder would be on board!

Even if there was only a small chance that a child, who can ask for anything in the World, would have asked to meet a baseball player over taking their entire family on an exotic trip or having a man cave built in their bedroom, it was worth putting it out there.

I mean, what if there were a child, but, they don’t like fantasy football? What if they don’t know anything about football at all? Hold on, had anyone asked Hunter? (Record screeches)

Is Hunter on board? Check!

The Giants Community Fund is on board? Check!

Now, is this a natural fit? is there a child? Check!

Not only was there A child out there. There was THIS guy! His name is Tyler, but, you may know him as #TylerHype!

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#TylerHype is the young man who, after two years of lymphoma treatment, couch surfed at Hunter’s home while they played Smash Brothers.  Hunter turned what was going to be a tour of the ballpark into a dream day complete with video game battles, riding electric scooters to the ballpark, intros to every player, a duffel bag full of clothes from the clubhouse and most importantly, a friendship.

Tyler, having just drafted in his home fantasy league, was approached, by his parents, with the idea of skipping a day of school and hanging with Hunter again. Only this time, they would be teammates and HIS skills would be required. He and Hunter would be Fantasy co-owners trying to win the Big League Impact title.

There was no hesitation. Tyler sharpened his skills and knowledge of every player heading into the draft. Come Tuesday morning, when we met his family, he was ready!

Tyler and Hunter overhead

He and Hunter worked together to narrow their choices and went back and forth over a few picks with reason winning every time. It was incredible to see, what could be seen as, a moment of charity turn into two buddies hanging out and drafting a team that many in the room believed was the best.

#TylerHype Draft Board

In order, #TylerHype (Hunter and Tyler’s Team) drafted; Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Ezekiel Elliot, Mark Ingram, Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins, Ryan Mathews, Blake Bortles, Melvin Gordon, Coby Fleener, Chris Ivory, Matt Ryan, Chiefs D and Graham Gano.

But, now is when the real work begins. There are many expert players in BLI this year, from pro players to past winners, team #TylerHype will have their work cut out. But, who can bet against a team that works together and against a young man, #TylerHype, who has already overcome so much! You see, Tyler may be Hunter Pence’s teammate, but, even more than that, he is now cancer free!

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To check in on team #TylerHype, you can visit this link (By the way, they were dealt a nasty blow in week one by Derek Law and Antonio Brown)

Here is the Facebook Live video of the intros including Hunter and Tyler’s family discussing his wish

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Big League Impact New York Press Release

NEW YORK, July 24, 2016—Big League Impact is bringing its winning formula of MLB players, celebrities and fans back to Citi Field on September 1st, 2016, for a fundraiser like no other in sports.

For the 3rd straight year, New York Mets third baseman David Wright will host a VIP Charity Fantasy Football League. We will be announcing the Met participants and other special guests in the weeks to come. Last year David was joined by guest and ESPN analyst, Adam Schefter, as well as his teammates Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Michael Cuddyer, Jon Niese, Daniel Murphy and over 50 Mets fans for a Live Draft at Citi Field and a 13-week Fantasy Football League.

There is a $2,000 fee to enter and all proceeds will benefit The Mets Foundation, The Ronald McDonald Houses of New York and Long Island and the Big league Impact Global Initiative.

Donors are treated to a VIP ballpark experience that includes drafting against a Mets player in a suite, playing in a 13-week fantasy football season, a ballpark tour, team photos, autographed memorabilia, limited edition BLI merchandise, batting practice viewing, seats to the game, a chance to win an autographed David Wright BLI jersey and other prizes.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this league again and bring along some of my teammates,” said Mets Captain David Wright. “This is a great way to interact with fans, help out a great charitable cause and participate in one of my favorite off-field hobbies.”

Big League Impact started with a single fantasy football charity event in 2013 and has raised over one million dollars and expanded to eight MLB cities: San Francisco, New York, St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Miami. This year’s roster of participating MLB players includes Adam Wainwright, Hunter Pence, John Smoltz, Cliff Floyd, Kyle Gibson, Matt Holliday, David Wright, Jared Hughes and many more to be announced in the weeks to come.

“The growth we’ve seen in Big League Impact for the past three years is really exciting,” said Adam Wainwright. “We hope that this is only the beginning, but, we have already been able to raise over one million dollars by just doing what we were already going to be doing. Playing Fantasy Football.”

For a full listing of Big League Impact fantasy football draft day experiences, or to register for events in their cities, fans can visit Big League Impact New York

About Big League Impact
Big League Impact, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission of helping to meet basic human needs in an effort to restore dignity and hope to people in local communities and around the globe. Founded in 2013 by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and his brother Trey Wainwright under the name “Waino’s World,” the organization has since grown to include other professional baseball players hosting Big League Impact charity events all across the country. For more information, visit Big League Impact
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About The Mets Foundation
The New York Mets Foundation funds and promotes a variety of educational, social and athletic programs and other charitable causes. Founded in 1963, it continues its mission to invest in the future of our community, and to provide assistance to myriad organizations that benefit children and others in need.
A registered 501(c) 3 charity, the Mets Foundation takes no portion of the funds raised to offset internal costs. The New York Mets pay 100% of the Foundation’s overhead to ensure that the entirety of a donation is directed toward helping others (online donations are subject to a third party service fee).
The Mets Foundation

All media requests should go to:
NY Mets: Harold Haufman, [email protected]
Big League Impact: Glenn Jones, 912-577-9922, [email protected]

2016 Host, TBD on Pitt/SF

Let’s Have Some Fun And Give Back!

July 13, 2016

(Hunter and the Giants have confirmed August 30th and Pittsburgh is deciding between the 20th and 22nd)

It has been the vision of our founders, Adam and Trey Wainwright, to create a charitable ecosystem that provides an opportunity for baseball players and their teams to create VIP fan experiences and competitions in exchange for donations that effectively save lives in America and around the globe. To date, Big League Impact LLC has raised over $1,000,000 from hosting VIP Charity Fantasy Leagues around baseball.

If you would like to spend all day at the park as a guest of your favorite baseball team and play fantasy football against your favorite players… All while making a tax deductible donation that will, literally, save lives, then Big League Impact is for you.

You can join a league by visiting our Leagues Page. Together, we can all make a Big League Impact!