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Dove Award-Winning Artist Canceled by MLB Partner League Team Because of Pro-Life Stance

Matt Hammitt
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The Rocky Mountain Vibes, an MLB partner and independent baseball team located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, cancelled their Friday night family event on August 26 due to the pro-life stance of the event’s sponsors.

The night was slated to feature Matt Hammitt, the former lead singer of the Grammy nominated and Dove Award winning Christian band Sanctus Real. The event was cancelled on Friday morning.

Hammitt was waiting to board his flight with his two boys when he heard the news.

“I was supposed to be performing at a baseball game in Colorado tonight, but my boys and I had to head back home from the airport just before our flight,” Hammitt tweeted. “Needless to say the boys were disappointed, and confused when I had to explain why.”

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A statement released by the Vibes to Fox News said, “While we value all our sponsors and ticket holders, they do not make decisions regarding the nature of our post-game entertainment, or groups that come out to our stadium to raise awareness for their causes. The Vibes made this decision after seeing the proposed assets from the partner in question because they felt that the partner would hinder the team’s mission in providing fun and affordable family entertainment. Any statement placing blame on any outside party for cancelation of tonight’s events is inaccurate. The Vibes made this decision internally and stand by their choice.”

Vice President of event sponsor Pikes Peak Citizen’s for Life, Julie Bailey, expressed her disappointment in the cancellation, saying, “We’ve been working on this several months. We’re just very disappointed. This is just a reflection of the culture we’re in.”

Save the Storks, who was also sponsoring the event, stated on Facebook, “We were cancelled, plain and simple. Save the Storks, cancelled. Our fellow pro-life ministry in Colorado Springs and co-sponsor of the event, Pikes Peak Citizens for Life, was also cancelled. The first pitch by former pro-soccer player and pro-life ambassador Luke Vercollone, cancelled. Matt and Bowen’s concert, cancelled. The run around the bases by our family-friendly mascot Storky, who has delighted kids at other local events, cancelled.”

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“How sad that the local baseball team cancelled our ‘Family Night’ just hours before the first pitch. It is heartbreaking to hear how Matt Hammitt had to tell his 12-year-old son, Bowen, the real reason why they were disinvited from delighting fans with a concert after the game,” Save the Storks continued.