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MLB, Reds invite you to play fantasy football

CINCINNATI (Perry Schaible) -- MLB's biggest stars are working together to raise money for charity.

Pros are opening up their fantasy football leagues to players like you.

This is a big league effort to give back to local charities across the country. In all, ten major league players are serving as hosts of a fantasy football challenge. Each organization has its own league, spearheaded by a local player.

Here in reds country, it is Skip Schumaker.

Drafted in 2001, Schumaker played for the St. Louis cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers before signing with the Reds in November 2013.

This year, he has been nominated as the Red's representative for MLB's heart and hustle award. It recognizes players for their work on and off the field.

"I feel like you're given a platform to make a difference and so hopefully we'll have more guys do more off the field and care about that too," Schumaker said.

Ironically, Schumaker got word of the nomination on the same day he announced a fundraiser he's spearheading with Cardinal Adam Wainwright.
It's a fantasy football challenge Schumaker hosts for the reds, eleven other players, will serve as team captains, including outfielder Chris Heisey

"For one, I love fantasy football," said Heisey. "For two, to support any great cause usually I'm in. So, looking forward to combining the two and getting to meet some new people and raise some money for charity."

Draft day is August 27. Fans will hang out with players at the ballpark, meet hall-of-famers,  and get some autographs before putting together their team. 

The players aren't sharing their strategies either.

Schumaker said, "I'm not gonna give away too much, but I like the Bears and Bengals offense."

They say they are in it to win it.

Reds catch Brayan Penya said, "In spring training you always want to come in on top. You want to come in and walk very high. And everybody goes, okay, this guy really knows what he's doing. If not, it's going to be a very long spring training for you."

As you might expect, this is an expensive league. Entry fee is $2,500 per person or $1,000 dollars for a co-owner.

The last day to join the league is Monday.

Click here to get the link to register

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