On June 7, country stars will prove that they are not only musically talented, but athletically talented as well. In what is now a staple of the CMA Music Festival, celebrities will participate in the 26th annual City of Hope Softball Game to raise money for the cancer research and treatment center. Two teams—the Grand Ole Opry and the iHeart Country teams will face off at Tennessee Park in Nashville at 3pm.
This year’s players include Jake Owen, Scotty McCreery, Charles Easton (star of ABC’s Nashville), Vince Gill, David Nail and RaeLynn. During the event, the game’s founder Bruce Hinton will be honored, and 8-year-old City of Hope patient Aaron Yniquez will meet his bone marrow donor for the first time. The donor, Yolanda Nava, is a Texas native who gave Yniquez a second chance at life with the help of the City of Hope team.
In the past, artists such as Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan have participated in the game to bring much-needed awareness to the organization and its needs. Tickets range from $25 to $50, and all proceeds directly benefit City of Hope.
City of Hope is based in California, and is one of the leading institutions in America when it comes to researching and treating cancer, diabetes and other life threatening diseases. Their goal is to use innovation and compassion to make a difference in the lives of their patients.
As always, the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game is one of the many highlights of the CMA Music Festival. From June 9 to 12, over 400 country artists will perform in downtown Nashville. This year’s highlights include Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Hank Williams Jr., Charlie Daniels Band, Steven Tyler, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, Keith Urban, Margo Price, Marshall Tucker Band, Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert.