DALLAS, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Heart of Dallas Young Professionals (HODYP) announced that Lagardère Sports, the global sports marketing agency, will return as title sponsor to support the second annual Heart of Dallas Fast Pitch on Wednesday, November 16th at Life in Deep Ellum from 6:30 - 10 p.m. Lagardère Sports, which has 1,600 employees worldwide and 50 years of experience in sports, has a strong relationship with the Dallas-Fort Worth community through its local office dedicated to its brand consulting business. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161102/435412 Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161102/435413 Heart of Dallas Young Professionals is comprised of young business professionals in the sports and entertainment industries in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and aims to create bold social change in the community. HODYP created the Fast Pitch event to boost contributions to the community and recognize the many DFW nonprofits that support local youth programs and projects. Nearly 100 local nonprofits that focus on children's programs applied to compete in this year's Fast Pitch. The six finalists chosen by the HODYP Steering Committee are Bryan's House, Café Momentum, Mercy Street, New Friends New Life, The First Tee of Greater Dallas, and The Warren Center. "Last year was such a success and we are thrilled to have Lagardère Sports return as our main sponsor for this event," said Kyle Tapply, President of Heart of Dallas Young Professionals. "Their partnership aligns perfectly with our mission and has helped boost membership and connect with some amazing nonprofits and business leaders in sports and entertainment." "We are excited to be the title sponsor of the Heart of Dallas Fast Pitch Event for the second consecutive year," said Kern Egan, Lagardère Sports Executive Vice President of Consulting. "Our office in Dallas is a key part of our global consulting network, and we are proud to support a program that helps make ideas from promising young professionals on how to better our local community come to life." The finalists will present a three-minute live on-stage performance, or 'pitch,' to convince the judges and audience why their organization deserves grant dollars to help them achieve their mission, vision, and goals. This event creates a fast-paced, exciting environment befitting the name, "Fast Pitch." Through Fast Pitch, area nonprofits will receive grants to support their efforts in addition to the opportunity to engage with potential new supporters, donors, and volunteers.