Helping the Ram Fam with Grand Slam

CSRF hosts a fundraiser in honor of Dr. Warren Simpson

By Christian Hunick
On April 20, 2018

by Axel Marcenaro


ASU will host a new Grand Slam fundraiser starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21 at Foster Field in conjunction with the ASU Rams baseball team’s doubleheader against Eastern New Mexico University.

The event is sponsored by graduate students in the Coaching, Sport, Recreation and Fitness (CSRF) Administration program. All proceeds will go towards a new endowed ASU scholarship in honor of Dr. Warren “Spider” Simpson, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Graduate assistant and event organizer Kelli Greenwood has known Dr. Simpson for almost two years.

“I met him when I applied for graduate school here, and he immediately took me under his wing and offered me the graduate assistant job here,” Greenwood said. 

Simpson, who hails from New York, has a straightforward work ethic, according to Greenwood.

“He wants things done quickly, but he’s also very understanding and a really awesome guy.”

Activities at Grand Slam will include a silent auction with donated items including, vintage metal Coca-Cola signs, ASU autographed baseballs, a Yeti cooler and a tour of the Texas Rangers facility. There will also be carnival games including corn hole, a trash can slam, Ram pong, mini-Ram ‘Em games and a cake walk.

A variety of packages are available that include admission to the baseball games and vouchers to play the carnival games.

The $10 package includes one adult admission and five vouchers, the $20 package includes one adult admission, 10 vouchers and an event T-shirt and the $100 package includes 12 admissions and 60 vouchers.

All children aged 12 and under wearing baseball or Spiderman attire will receive free admission when accompanied by an adult.

One voucher buys one attempt at a game.

A small bag of specialty popcorn will cost five vouchers and a large bag will cost eight.

Individual vouchers will also be available to purchase at the event for $1 each.

ASU students with a valid school ID can attend the Rams baseball game for free. For a $10 donation, they will receive five game/popcorn vouchers and an event T-shirt while supplies last.

“Not only is Grand Slam a fun family event where you can watch baseball and play carnival games . . . it is also for a good cause,” Greenwood said. 

Packages can be purchased by contacting Greenwood at or graduate assistant Shelbi Waller at

They can also be purchased by phone at 325-942-2173, or in person Monday through Friday in Rooms 118 and 133 of ASU’s Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance.


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