Fred Baxter All-Star weekend finally here

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 19, 2000

Sports Editor

The All-Stars are finally falling in Brundidge and in Troy this weekend.

Fred Baxter and a large group of friends will be on hand at various events across the county this weekend to help raise money to renovate the Pike County High School weight facility, known as the "Dog House," and Relay for Life.

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The Brundidge native who has lived his dream of playing in the National Football League as a member of the New York Jets over the past eight seasons, has organized the weekend to give back to the community that he cherishes so much.

"It’s just something that I wanted to do," Baxter said. "It’s been a long dream of mine to make it into the league and now that I’ve made it and been there for eight years, I want to give back to the community that help me to get to where I am now."

The weekend kicks off tonight at 6:40 p.m. at Memorial Stadium where Baxter and teammate Bryan Cox will take part in "Relay for Life."

From there the duo will head over to Trojan Arena where there will be a Celebrity Auction from 8 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Many donated items from various NFL players and coaches will be auctioned off.

Saturday there will be a Celebrity Picnic at Bulldog Stadium on the Pike County High School campus with a large group of professional athletes taking part from Noon till 4 p.m.

That night the group will be participating in a Celebrity Basketball game at Trojan Arena as they face off against a number of athletes from the community as they take basketball players from each area high school.

That night they will cap off the festivities with an All-Star After Party at the Holiday Inn in Troy. You must be 21 to attend and the event will last from 10:30 p.m. until 2 a.m.

There is a $20 special ticket price that will allow you to attend all the events throughout the weekend or you can pay individual fees at separate events.

All proceeds will go to the Pike County chapter of "Relay for Life" and to help renovate "The Dog House."