The 26th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game, presented by Staples, has revealed its final roster for the upcoming game. Joining the previously announced roster of stars will be Craig Wayne Boyd, Bucky Covington, Nick Fradiani, Cassadee Pope, A Thousand Horses, Mark Wills and Brett Young.
Team iHeart Country will be led by captain and popular syndicated radio host, Bobby Bones. Team iHeart Country 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 is led by captain and Grand Ole Opry Vice President and General Manager, Pete Fisher. The Opry 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.
Trisha Yearwood will also take part in the game by performing the National Anthem.
The Grand Ole Opry and iHeartCountry teams will face off June 7 at 3pm at First Tennessee Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets for the fan favorite event are available now HERE.
A highlight of the 2016 game will be when Aaron Yniquez, an 8-year-old City of Hope patient from Redlands, California, will finally have the chance to meet his donor, Yolanda Nava, a Southwest Airlines® employee from Arlington, Texas. During his treatments for acute myeloid leukemia, Yniquez received a donation of genetically matched stem cells from Nava. The donation saved his life.
Also at this year’s game, music industry veteran Bruce Hinton will be honored as the founder of the longstanding event.