Magic Johnson and a host of stars will be at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 10 to participate in the the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All-Star Softball Classic.
PAWTUCKET â€“ The Rhode Island high-school baseball championships arenâ€™t the only item of note to come out of McCoy Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to announce that they will host The Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity All-Star Softball Classic, featuring Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, August 10 at 6:05 p.m. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m and the game, between the Magic Johnson/Jeffrey Osborne All-Stars and the New England Patriots Alumni Celebrity All-Stars, will be played at 6:05 pm.
All ticket proceeds will benefit the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Trust.
Expected to attend and play in this charity game are NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, along with other former Los Angeles Lakers stars such as James Worthy and Bryon Scott. Former Oakland Aâ€™s ace pitcher Dave Stewart is expected to play as well. Others from the world of entertainment who plan to be in attendance include Smokey Robinson, Claudia Jordan, and several others.
The West team will face a â€śwhoâ€™s whoâ€ť of former Patriot and Red Sox players who will comprise the East team led by former Patriots standout QB Steve Grogan and center Pete Brock. Former Red Sox pitchers Bill Lee and Oil Can Boyd are slated to take part. Providence College head basketball coach Ed Cooley will be there. Additions to the rosters for both teams will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for the event are now on sale at the PawSox Box Office at McCoy, on-line at www.pawsox.com, or over the phone by calling (401) 724-7300. All tickets will be priced the same as regular-season PawSox tickets which are $12 for reserved box seats and $8 for general admission ($5 for children aged 12 & under and senior citizens).
There will also be a special deal to include a pre-game meet and greet barbecue with the celebrity All-Stars and a ticket to the game for a donation of $50. Please call the PawSox for details on that offer.
The 3rd Annual Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament will take place on August 11 & 12 at Carnegie Abbey in Portsmouth, RI. The Jeffrey Osborne Foundation will benefit the following organizations in 2014 â€“ The Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence, The MET Center and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, Button Hole Golf Course, and St. Maryâ€™s House.
Jeffrey Osborne is a Rhythm & Blues musician, singer-songwriter, and lyricist who was born and raised in Providence. He became close friends with Magic Johnson during the Lakersâ€™ glory days when Jeffrey was often a â€śgood luck charmâ€ť as the national anthem singer before Lakersâ€™ games at the Forum and later at the Staples Center.
â€śThe PawSox welcome Jeffrey Osborne and his star-studded guests to the city of Pawtucket and McCoy Stadium for a great cause,â€ť said PawSox president Mike Tamburro. â€śWe know our fans will be excited to see many of the legends who will appear at this charity event and we look forward to everyone enjoying a memorable evening at McCoy.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m truly blessed to have so many close friends and colleagues who have joined me in support of the Celebrity Softball Game at McCoy Stadium as well as the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic,â€ť said Jeffrey Osborne. â€śIt is through these efforts that we can continue to provide support to music and the arts, as well as to non-profits who provide a safe-haven for families in need.â€ť
â€śThe Patriots Alumni are extremely excited about being part of this special event to raise funds for charities throughout Rhode Island,â€ť said Pete Brock a member of the New England Patriots Alumni Club. â€śWe are especially pleased to be associated with the Jeffrey Osborne Foundation and the PawSox Charitable Trust.â€ť
â€śIt is an honor and pleasure to come back to Rhode Island to help out my good friend Mr. Jeffrey Osborne at McCoy Stadium in his Celebrity Softball Game where we will have tons of fun,â€ť said Magic Johnson. â€śSo come on out and hang with the Magic Man!â€ť
Further information, including updates on many more stars planning to attend, will be released in the coming weeks. Fans can also visit www.pawsox.com to keep up on all the latest news about this exciting first-year event.
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