Heart of Dallas Fast Pitch
Heart of Dallas Young Professionals will present the second annual Heart of Dallas Fast Pitch, sponsored by Lagardère Sports. HODYP created the Fast Pitch event to boost contributions to the community and recognize the many Dallas-Fort Worth nonprofits that support local youth programs and projects.
Nearly 100 local nonprofits that focus on children’s programs applied to compete in this year’s Fast Pitch. The six finalists chosen by the HODYP Steering Committee are Bryan’s House, Café Momentum, Mercy Street, New Friends New Life, The First Tee of Greater Dallas, and The Warren Center.
The finalists will present a three-minute live on-stage performance, or "pitch," to convince the judges and audience why their organization deserves grant dollars to help them achieve their mission, vision, and goals.
Dallas Stars Captain Jamie Benn will receive this year’s Community Excellence Award. This award honors a professional athlete who has made an impact on the field and positive difference in their community. In 2015, $10,000 was awarded to Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki for his charitable and philanthropic contribution with The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation.