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SEPTEMBER 12, 2020

The Larry A. Pogofsky Chicago All-Star Challenge is the best family friendly celebrity sports event to attend in Chicago and supports the Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation.  Thirty of Chicago’s biggest baseball (and hockey and football) legends will compete in a competitive North Side (Cubs) vs. South Side (Sox) celebrity softball game.  This year the event moves to the brand new Impact Field in Rosemont on Saturday, September 14th.  Prior to the softball game, 6 “big hitters” will compete in a Home Run Derby.  Over 30 well known athletes are scheduled to attend including Lance Briggs (NFL), Chris Chelios (NHL), Joe Crede, Jermaine Dye, Cliff Floyd, Ozzie Guillen, Fergie Jenkins, Scott Podsednik, Darryl Sutter, Frank Thomas, Carlos Zambrano and more. Come meet the athletes that help keep Chicago known as the best sports town in the USA!  For those of you with younger kids, there is a kids clinic implemented by the athletes and the Chicago White Sox Camp that can be added on to an event day ticket (only 100 available).  VIP ticket purchasers (only 200 available) will be invited to a private post game reception at Impact Field where you can meet and interact with most of the athletes that includes a BBQ dinner, beer and soft drinks.  Whether you are 7 or 70 years old, you will love this event!





Larry A. Pogofsky, one of the original White Sox investors, was a die-hard baseball fan who loved and respected every player that had the privilege to put on a major league uniform. Mr. Pogofsky was also passionate about healthcare research thanks to a life-changing experience at the University of Chicago. He was a long-standing board member and former president of GI Research Foundation (GIRF) which supports research at the University of Chicago that advances treatments and cures of digestive disease. The Pogofsky family and the GI Research Foundation are proud to present this event which honors Mr. Pogofsky‘s love for the sport and continues his legacy funding important medical research. In addition, it educates children on the game of baseball while providing memories that will last a lifetime.




Antonio Alfonseca

Adam Burish (NHL)

Vida Blue

Lance Briggs (NFL)

Roosevelt Brown

Ryan Dempster

Kyle Farnsworth

Cliff Floyd

Adam Greenberg

Fergie Jenkins

Jacque Jones

Jon Lieber

Bill Madlock

Brian McRae

Corey Patterson

Billy Williams

Carlos Zambrano


Andruw Jones

Ron Karkovice

Norberto Martin

Jack McDowell

Magglio Ordonez

Scott Podsednik

Adam Russell

Bill Simas

Darryl Sutter (NHL)

Brian Anderson

Chris Chelios (NHL)

Joe Crede

Jermaine Dye

Carl Everett

Freddy Garcia

Ozzie Guillen

Toby Hall

Willie Harris

Mike Huff


*The athletes listed above have attended the All-Star Challenge

in prior years events and/or are invited for 2019.




Les Miller Field at

Curtis Granderson Stadium

901 Roosevelt Rd | Chicago, IL 60608


Ben Pogofsky*

Event Chair & Founder


Bradley Pogofsky

Event Co-Chair


Scott Attar*

Andrew Bergman

Courtney Cebula

Katie Chudnovsky*

Mark de Souza*

Jason Felsenthal

Ozzie Guillen Jr

Heidi Henderson

Joe Kelsch

Lauren Martin

Jon Merel

Kevin Miller

Brad Peterson

Billy Platt

Danny Pogofsky

Yoni Pogofsky

Lisa Pogofsky Sobelman

Adam Russell

Ken Stolman

Steve Stawychny

Katie Waldeck

Larry Wright

Brian Wright


* Board Member

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