The West Georgia Technical College baseball program and the West Georgia Technical College Foundation welcomes MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro to headline its third-annual "Knights Feast" Meet the Team Banquet on Friday, February 5, 2016.
A special VIP meet-and-greet reception will be held from 6 until 6:45 p.m. for corporate sponsors guests VIP ticketholders. Those attendees will have an opportunity to meet Niekro and receive his autograph while enjoying complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres.
Niekro will give remarks following the dinner along with West Georgia Tech Director of Athletics and head baseball Todd Pratt, who also played major league baseball. Both Niekro and Pratt played for the Atlanta Braves.
Famously known for being perhaps the greatest knuckleball pitcher of all time, Niekro pitched a no-hitter against the Padres in 1973. He helped lead the Braves to their only two division titles prior to 1991. His career with the Braves spanned 19 seasons, from 1966-83 and again late in the 1987 season, when the Braves brought him back for one last start to wrap up his career in a Braves uniform.
"We are very excited to have someone of the caliber of my friend Phil Niekro to headline our baseball preseason dinner," Pratt said. "I know Phil will deliver remarks that will have a lasting impact, not only on our players but also on the rest of the audience in attendance. We want to invite the community to come out and support our baseball student-athletes and meet one of the best baseball pitchers of all time. We can't thank Sunset Hills Country Club and the West Georgia Technical College Foundation enough for their support and partnership as we raise much-needed funds for our program."
Tickets for only the dinner and program only are priced at $100. Tickets to the dinner and program plus VIP meet and greet access are $150.
"We have a limited number of dinner and VIP tickets available because our banquet is an intimate event made up mostly of our baseball players, their families supporters of the program," Pratt said. "However, we want to invite to public to come join us for a fun night featuring one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history. We also have corporate partnership opportunities available. I would encourage anyone interested in tickets or a corporate partnership to contact me soon before we sell out."