Former Tiger great Jeremy Maclin to hold charity events in Columbia this weekend

From the University of Missouri

Former University of Missouri All-American standout wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will be hosting his first annual Jeremy Maclin Charity Weekend, April 5-6 in Columbia, Mo.  An exciting slate of events is set to take place both days, and will feature numerous other former Tiger standouts who are coming back to Mizzou to contribute to the community, as well.

The weekend will be headlined by the Mizzou Legends Charity Softball Game, to be held at Taylor Stadium on Saturday, April 6th at 6 p.m.  The game will pit Maclin and his former Mizzou offensive teammates against Sean Weatherspoon and his former Mizzou defensive teammates.  Current NFL Tigers who are scheduled to appear include Brad Smith, Aldon Smith, William Moore, Danario Alexander, Ziggy Hood and Colin Brown, in addition to many other former Tigers.

Tickets are currently on sale for the softball event, which features a home run derby at 6 p.m., followed by a game at 7 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased online at and are also available at the Tiger Scholarship Fund office at Mizzou Arena.  General admission seats are priced at $10, while dugout seats (providing VIP access) are $20.  Participants will be available for autographs throughout the evening.

The weekend will also include community visits by the Mizzou legends to various non-profit organizations in Columbia on the afternoon of Friday, April 5th.  Players will interact with area youth and provide messages of hope and hard work.  A football clinic for area youth will be held on the morning of April 6th at the Mizzou Football practice fields.

Proceeds from the weekend will be directed to the Jeremy Maclin Foundation, which assists youth and families forced into alternative living situations.  Benefitting organizations also include the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia and Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home.

"The University of Missouri and my Mizzou football family mean so much to me," Maclin said.  "I'm excited to use this event as an opportunity to give back to Columbia and the Mizzou Football program while also reaching so many people in need.  My foundation has three primary goals.  I want to help as many people as possible who come from similar situations as I grew up in, I want to support youth football organizations and I want to help disadvantaged youths reach their academic goals.  This type of event allows me to bring back so many positive role models to achieve those goals for so many needy kids in Columbia," he said.