The stars continue to shine for the upcoming 26th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, presented by Staples, as Lauren Alaina, Danielle Bradbery, The Bobby Bones Show, Jessie James Decker, Mickey Guyton, Jonathan Jackson, LOCASH, Tristan McIntosh, Jake Owen, and former Major League Baseball pitcher Barry Zito strike out cancer. They will join previously announced players Charles Esten, Vince Gill, Chris Lane, Scotty McCreery, Bret Michaels, David Nail, RaeLynn and Jamie Lynn Spears for a friendly face-off on the Grand Ole Opry and iHeartCountry teams, along with more names to be announced in the coming weeks. A fan-favorite event and longstanding tradition of the CMA Music Festival, the game will take place on Tuesday June 7, at 3 p.m. from First Tennessee Park in Nashville. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/1QQDkff.
Support from the Nashville community and its country music artists directly benefit City of Hope’s mission to find cures for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. A highlight of this year’s game will be when 8-year-old City of Hope patient Aaron Yniquez meets his lifesaving bone marrow donor Yolanda Nava, a Southwest Airlines employee from Arlington, Texas, for the very first time.
City of Hope’s Celebrity Softball Game regularly features some of country music’s biggest and hottest stars, and this year music industry veteran Bruce Hinton will be honored as the founder of the event and for his significant contributions to the game over its 25-year history. As the game embarks on its next 25 years, it is befitting to honor the man who conceived the event and made it a Nashville tradition. Over the years, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Scotty McCreery, Vince Gill and many more have taken to the field in support of City of Hope’s lifesaving mission.
Tickets for the game can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Those not able to attend the game can still support City of Hope. A variety of unique merchandise and experiences, including meet-and-greets with the hottest artists, will be available for bid at charitybuzz.com. The proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.