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Gregg Zaun is hosting a beer pong tournament to raise funds for Kids Help Phone. (Paul Steward)
Gregg Zaun is hosting a beer pong tournament to raise funds for Kids Help Phone. (Paul Steward)

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Getting ‘The Zauntourage’ out for beer pong and a good cause Add to ...

There are any number of ways to raise money for a good cause, but former MLB catcher turned broadcaster Gregg Zaun isn’t really the bake-sale or bike-ride type. The man whose fans go by the collective handle “The Zauntourage” would much rather get people out for a night on the town, having a good time in the spirit of giving back to his adopted home.

And so The Gregg Zaun Foundation will host its first charity beer pong tournament on Saturday, with 16 teams of four battling it out in the ultimate test of hand-eye co-ordination and alcohol consumption. The proceeds go to Kids Help Phone – the free, national, bilingual, confidential and anonymous 24-hour telephone and online counselling service for children and teens.

“We try to come up with different, fun events that get people thinking about community and giving back,” the former Blue Jay said. “We want to attract younger people to the foundation and start relationships that, hopefully, blossom into bigger and better charity down the line. When these young people become part of corporate Canada they’ll remember giving through the foundation. Some people can’t afford to drop big money to play in a golf tournament, but they can come out to an event like this, have a good time and make a contribution to society.”

The tournament bracket is full, but Mr. Zaun hopes a big crowd will swing by Spin to take part in the fun. The foundation has a pile of prizes to raffle off for the cause and the tournament winners take home a custom eight-foot beer pong table.

March 2 at 8 p.m. General admission tickets for $60 available at the door. Event room on the second floor of SPiN Toronto, 461 King St. W. This is a 19+ licensed event. I.D. will be required at the door, gzfoundation.com.

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