NFL cornerback Josh Hawkins to appear on June 23

Former ECU star will throw out first pitch, sign pregame autographs

By Winston-Salem Dash | June 12, 2017 10:40 AM ET

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 12, 2017) - The Winston-Salem Dash are proud to announce that Green Bay Packers cornerback Josh Hawkins will be making a special appearance at BB&T Ballpark before the Dash take on the Buies Creek Astros on Friday, June 23, at 7 p.m. Hawkins will throw out a ceremonial first pitch and sign autographs before the contest on the concourse.

Tickets for the Dash's Friday evening tilt with the Astros are available for as low as $8 and can be purchased by contacting the Dash at (336) 714-6878 or visiting wsdash.com

Hawkins was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Packers in 2016 after competing collegiately at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. The 24-year-old suited up for the Packers in 11 games in 2016, totaling five tackles and one pass defended in his rookie season.

After walking on at ECU in 2011, Hawkins earned a permanent spot in the Pirates' defensive backfield, playing in 50 career games during his tenure. The Winston-Salem native netted 139 total tackles and nine career interceptions, including a team-high five in 2014 and his lone touchdown return in 2015, which he ran back 100 yards against Tulsa on October 17.

The 5-10, 185 pound defensive star played high school ball at Robert B. Glenn High School in Kernersville, N.C., just 12 miles from BB&T Ballpark. Hawkins was named the Triad Sports Weekly Forsyth County Offensive Player of the Year after compiling a county-high 1,612 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns during a standout senior season in 2011. Hawkins also garnered the Piedmont Triad 4A Conference Offensive Player of the Year honor in 2010 and was named to the Winston-Salem Journal's All-Northwest Team in 2009 and 2010.

The Dash continue their final home stretch of the first half on Monday evening with the first of a three-game series against the Down East Wood Ducks (Texas Rangers). For tickets to any of these games, including an All-You-Can-Eat for Free Night on Monday and a Pups in Park night on Wednesday, call the Dash at (336) 714-2287 or visit wsdash.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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