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Dallas sports stars honor Santa Fe heroes at charity baseball game

Dallas sports stars honor Santa Fe heroes at charity baseball game

Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Dirk Nowitzki greets fans. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Dirk Nowitzki with three Santa Fe High School students: Trenton Beazley, Rome Shubert, and Noah Silva. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Fans cheer on their heroes. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Mark Cuban, Nowitzki celebrity heroes baseball game
Mark Cuban takes the field. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Britney Holmes
Frisco native and American Idol hopeful Britney Holmes sings the National Anthem. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Dak Prescott
Dak Prescott takes a swing. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliot
This time, Dak and Zeke were on opposing teams. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Zeke Elliot
Zeke Elliot makes a catch. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Aerial stuntmen deliver the game ball. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
The competition got heated. Photo by
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Celebrity players and Santa Fe High School athletes. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Mark Cuban, Nowitzki celebrity heroes baseball game
Mark Cuban surveys the action. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Mavs ManiAAcs keep things lively. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
The Mavs Dancers entertain. Photo by Brandon Colston Photography
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Mark Cuban, Nowitzki celebrity heroes baseball game
Britney Holmes
Dak Prescott
Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliot
Zeke Elliot
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Mark Cuban, Nowitzki celebrity heroes baseball game
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018
Dirk Nowitzki Celebrity Heroes Baseball Game 2018

What: Dirk Nowitzki’s 2018 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game

Where: Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco

The 411: Showing that heroes can wear capes, ballcaps, or school clothes, the 2018 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game honored three special guests — students from Santa Fe High School who had been injured in the May 18 mass shooting at the Houston-area school. Dallas Cowboys and Mavericks stars, including Dak Prescott, Zeke Elliott, Sean Lee, Dennis Smith Jr., and Mavs owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle, used the annual event to pay tribute to the young men they called “true heroes.”

Santa Fe High School athletes Trenton Beazley, Rome Shubert, and Noah Silva — who endured injuries as they acted to save the lives of other students — got the red-carpet treatment for the event. Cuban invited the trio and their families to attend the game, giving them a fully catered suite at the ballpark and covering the cost of airline flights, hotels, meals, and other expenses.

“That was unbelievable that we were able to get that done,” Nowitzki said during the news conference. “They’re also baseball players, so it makes perfect sense. They have been through a lot, so I’m really happy that we can honor them and their families.”

Shubert, a baseball pitcher, threw out the first pitch to catcher Beazley, as Silva, a member of the basketball team, observed from his wheelchair.

The game itself is always a highlight of the off-season for Cowboys and Mavs fans — and not just because it gets their favorite football and basketball stars on the field for a game that they're not nearly as good at. Money raised benefits the children’s charities of the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation.

Before players took the field, an 11,000-plus sell-out crowd watched as Frisco resident and American Idol hopeful Britney Holmes sang the National Anthem, and skydivers performed aerial stunts to fly in the baseball used for the first pitch. The Mavs Dancers and Mavs ManiAAcs kept the crowd entertained.

The game itself did not disappoint. The Blue Sox defeated Dirk’s White Sox 13-7, and DeMarcus Ware was named MVP.

Who: Other sports stars who took part included Von Miller, Herschel Walker, Travis Frederick, Jalen JonesChidobe Awuzie, Harrison Barnes, Yogi Ferrell, Devin Harris, Dwight Powell, and Ben Grieve.