It is technically the "off-season" for Roy Hibbert and Robert Mathis, however the Pacers center and Colts defensive star were in regular season mode prior to the 4th Annual Caroline Symmes Celebrity Softball Challenge at Victory Field Thursday.
"My team wasn't really focused the past couple of years. I've got some sluggers in here tonight, I'm ready to win," explained Hibbert.
While softball is not a specialty for many of the participants in the charity event, everyone took the game and cause very seriously.
"Brand new baseball bat, brand new shoes for today, new socks, we got together on this thing and we're playing to win. There is no second place out there," said Colts linebacker A.J. Edds, a Greenwood native.
The final score did favor Mathis, thanks in part to his outstanding pitching. The Pro Bowl Defensive End yielded just one hit, although part of the credit could go to a crowded field (more than 10 defenders on most occasions) Colts defensive end Jerry Hughes hustled home for the winning run, but the real winners were the kids on hand courtesy of Indiana Children's Wish Fund and the money raised for that outstanding organization.
"I'm happy to be here. The Indiana Children's Wish Fund has brought myself and Robert together, we're friends. For an hour or two, kids who have ailments can just relax and just have fun," said Hibbert.