1st Annual Celebrity Softball "Fun-Raiser"

The University of South Carolina is partnering with INNERSOLE to start the first-annual Celebrity Softball "Fun-Raiser". Some notable Gamecocks will be there, but in more ways than just in attendance.

The first annual Celebrity Softball Fun-Raiser will be held at Carolina Softball Stadium on Saturday, July 19, at 6 p.m. South Carolina women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley and INNERSOLE will host the new event that brings celebrities and the community together in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.

The evening will be a seven-inning softball game between Gamecock coaches and former players, media personalities, local officials, current NFL players, current SEC coaches, former WNBA players and Olympians, including Staley.

Here is a list of the celebrities confirmed to participate:
Alshon Jeffery: WR for the Chicago Bears
Justice Cunningham: TE for the St. Louis Rams
Cliff Matthews : DE for the Atlanta Falcons
Ray Tanner: University of South Carolina Athletics Director
Nell Fortner: former women’s Olympic basketball coach for team USA
Sheriff Lott: Richland County Sheriff
George Rogers: 1980 Heisman Trophy winner; Super Bowl XXII Champion with Washington Redskins
Judi Gatson: Anchor at WIS News
Terri Williams Flournoy: head women’s basketball coach at Auburn
Cynthia Cooper: Basketball Hall of Famer; Lead USC to National Championships in college, won an Olympic gold medal, four WNBA titles, USC head women’s basketball coach
Corey Miller: 9-year NFL veteran; WACH Sports Anchor/Reporter
Forrest Alton: CEO of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
Sheldon Brown: Former NFL cornerback
Michael Haley: The First Gentleman, husband to Gov. Nikki Haley
Duane Parrish:Director of South Carolina Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Derek Phillips: Sports Anchor at WACH Fox
Beverly Smith:University of South Carolina head women’s softball coach

Tickets are $10 with proceeds supporting INNERSOLE’s Educate My Sole Challenge. INNERSOLE hopes the event will become family-oriented tradition with the potential of ensuring that there is no child left behind in South Carolina.

The Educate My Sole Challenge is an initiative for second through fifth grade classrooms with an emphasis on attendance, accompanied by a deep commitment to ensuring that students are engaged in the classroom. The Challenge includes one participating pilot school and one community partner and focuses on four areas: academics, attendance, behavior and physical fitness. The winning classroom at each participating school in each grade level with the highest measurable improvement will receive a new pair of “prized” shoes at the end of each grading period.

Tickets for the game can be purchased online at www.innersole.org/celebrity-softball.html. For media access, please contact INNERSOLE by phone at 803-237-8184 or via email at info@innersole.org.

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