Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley and David Nail will join a star-studded roster of country music’s hottest performers, sports personalities and more to help strike out cancer and other life-threatening diseases at City of Hope’s 21st annual Celebrity Softball Challenge, on Saturday, June 11, at 9 a.m. at Greer Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. For the first time in the game’s history, two City of Hope supporters will hang out in the dugout, and get into the game, with Nashville’s stars through the “Connected to Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge” contest. Visit www.cityofhope.org/connected to learn more and enter. )Above, Luke Bryan takes a turn at bat during the 2010 game.)
An official part of the CMA Music Festival, this year’s game marks the 21st year that Nashville’s power hitters have gone to bat for City of Hope, a leading research, treatment and education institution for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The Celebrity Softball Challenge has raised more than $2 million for City of Hope, enabling scientists to advance research and improve treatments for patients everywhere. In addition to Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley and David Nail, Brett Eldredge, Chuck Wicks, Jake Owen, James Wesley, Josh Gracin and Point of Grace will take the field for the highly anticipated game between longtime rivals Grand Ole Opry and After MidNite with Blair Garner. Additional celebrity players will soon be announced. (Chuck Wicks takes a minute to sign autographs for the fans.)
“We’re honored to support City of Hope and its mission of making cancer a curable and, ultimately, a preventable disease,” said Pete Fisher, vice president and general manager, Grand Ole Opry. “This year alone, more than 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer. City of Hope is like a research brain trust – their discoveries impact people all over the world. We are very proud to support City of Hope’s mission. Everyone’s commitment to this lifesaving cause is truly appreciated.”
“This game is a one-of-a-kind event during CMA Music Festival, where we bring artists and fans together to give greater hope to those with cancer,” said Blair Garner, creator, “After MidNite with Blair Garner.” “We encourage all of our fans and community to join us in this effort by coming to the ballpark and seeing your favorite stars slide into home base. I fully expect to keep the winning streak going this year.” (At right, the Oak Ridge Boys sing the National Anthem.)
For more information on the 21st annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge, please visit www.cityofhope.org/giving/fundraising-events/softball. To purchase tickets to the most fun-filled game in town, visit www.ticketmaster.com. All ticket sales benefit City of Hope.
Any of you heading to Nashville for CMA Music Fest are going to love this softball game! Head on out for a great game, and to lend your support to City of Hope.