Country Stars Play Softball for Charity

Country Stars Play Softball for Charity

City of Hope Softball Game City of Hope Softball Game

June 7, 2016

The 26th Annual City of Hope Softball Game ­– where country music stars battle it out to support cancer research ­– kicked off today at First Tennessee Park in Nashville, TN. 

Team iHeart Radio was coached by radio personality Bobby Bones and included stars such as Lauren Alaina and Bret Michaels. Team Opry was coached by  VP and GM of the Grand Ole Opry, Pete Fisher and some of its star players were Charles Esten and Vince GillTrisha Yearwood brought her powerhouse vocals to the game by singing the national anthem. 

City of Hope is a renowned cancer and diabetes treatment and research center located in California. They go by the motto, “There is no profit in curing the body if, in the process, we destroy the soul.”

"Absolutely a wonderful cause. We get to come out here and act like fools. The fans get to watch us do it and we get to raise money for City of Hope," said former American Idol contestant Bucky Covington. "It's absolutely a win-win situation." 

Barry Zito, former MLB pitcher, said that he was even filling pressure to lead the pack. “Anything can happen in this game – which is why we love it,” he said. First Tennessee Park holds a special place in his heart because that is the last park he played in before announcing retirement. 

Scotty McCreery, winner of season 10 of American Idol said, "We're raising money and awareness for City of Hope. You can't beat that." 

The game ended with an 18-18 tie.  For more information about the non-profit and their initiatives at

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