26-Year Tradition Welcomes Thirty Music and Sports stars including Charles Esten,
Vince Gill, Scotty McCreery, Trisha Yearwood and More!
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Tickets on sale now at Ticketmaster.com

Teams iHeart Country and Grand Ole Opry will renew their friendly rivalry Tuesday, June 7 at 3pm as they take to the field in the 26th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, presented by Staples! Tickets to the game at Nashville’s First Tennessee Park are available now at Ticketmaster http://bit.ly/1QQDkff.

Country music icon Trisha Yearwood will perform the national anthem whileCraig Wayne Boyd, Bucky Covington, Nick Fradiani, Cassadee Pope, A Thousand Horses, Mark Wills and Brett Young will join previously announced players Lauren Alaina, Danielle Bradbery, The Bobby Bones Show, Jessie James Decker, Charles Esten, Vince Gill, Mickey Guyton, Jonathan Jackson, Chris Lane, LOCASH, Scotty McCreery, Tristan McIntosh, Bret Michaels, David Nail, RaeLynn, Jamie Lynn Spears and former Major League Baseball pitcher Barry Zito to strike out cancer. The Crook and Chase Countdown’s Lorianne Crook will emcee and offer play-by-plays for the thousands of fans in attendance.

Team iHeart Country led by captain and popular syndicated radio host, Bobby Bones, players include The Bobby Bones Show’s Amy and Lunchbox, Lauren Alaina, Zach Brown (A Thousand Horses), Danielle Bradbery, Preston Brust (LOCASH), Bucky Covington, Mickey Guyton, Bret Michaels, David Nail, Jamie Lynn Spears, Mark Wills and Brett Young.

Team Opry led by captain and Grand Ole Opry Vice President and General Manager, Pete Fisher, players include Craig Wayne Boyd, Jessie James Decker, Graham DeLoach (A Thousand Horses), Charles Esten, Nick Fradiani, Vince Gill, Michael Hobby (A Thousand Horses), Jonathan Jackson, Chris Lane, Chris Lucas (LOCASH), Scotty McCreery, Tristan McIntosh, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn and Barry Zito.

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 Yniguez 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 with the “Champion of Hope Award”. The prestigious honor will be presented to Hinton by President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta.  Borchetta, who recently served as a judge on American Idol, credits Hinton as mentor and a big impact on his early days in the music industry. 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 Cohauctions.com. The proceeds will benefit City of Hope’s mission to eradicate cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

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About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or Flickr.