If you’re a huge fan of America’s favorite pastime (no, not Snapchatting!) and you’re a T-Mobile subscriber, then July 11 should be a memorable day for you with the T-Mobile Home Run Derby happening in San Diego. But even if you’re not there, you will still be able to experience all the virtual goodies, like the Home Run Derby VR Experience and the T-Mobile Social Lounge. Plus, you also get to see your carrier put their money where their mouth is for the Boys & Girls Club of America.
The MLB All Star Fan Fest is happening this weekend in San Diego, but if you go to any of the 2,200 T-Mobile stores around the country, you will still be able to experience some part of it as you can join the Home Run Derby VR Experience. You can try to hit the ball out of the park, get some points, and brag on your social media that you were able to hit homers at Petco Park, even if it was just through virtual reality.
If you want to get some behind-the-scenes action at the Fan Fest, T-Mobile is hosting a virtual party at its Social Lounge. Aside from the usual social media stuff on Facebook and Twitter, you now have Periscope and Facebook Live streams with MLB All-Star Dexter Fowler and also experience commentary from other players who will be competing in the Derby. You can also join the T-Mobile Home Run Derby Bracket Challenge to get the chance to win tickets to Game 1 of the 2016 World Series.
But probably the best thing about this Derby is that T-Mobile Foundation will put up $1,000 for every home run in the regulation rounds. Bonus times will even double that amount. So by the end of the derby, T-Mobile will be giving $500,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of America and local youth baseball initiatives that will be selected by the winner. All the Derby players will also be able to donate $10,000 to an initiative of their choice.