VENICE, FL (August 22nd, 2022) – Play Ball! Tickets are now on sale for the 2022 Celebrity Softball Game and Concert featuring Rodney Atkins. In just under three months local first responders and military veterans will take the field with celebrities for an exciting softball game and country music concert to raise funds for My Warrior’s Place (MWP). On Thursday of each week leading up to the event a new celebrity and/or local hero will be announced.
The event was previously announced in November of 2021 by Mike Dunn, Vice President of Braves Florida operations. “The World Series Champions of America’s favorite game are committed to America’s heroes,” Dunn said. “We are going to have some fun with softball and do some meaningful fundraising with a concert featuring country music star Rodney Atkins.”
MWP and the Braves envision CoolToday Park packed with fans to watch as MLB, NFL, NHL; television, movie and radio personalities; and music stars play softball. Each team will also include local active duty military personnel, military veterans and first responders.
Following the game, Rodney Atkins will perform an hour-long concert. His storied career has reached such heights as being named the Top New Male Vocalist at the 2006 ACM awards and seeing his single “Watching You” become the Number One Song of the Decade according to Country Aircheck. “With six Number One singles, eight Top Five singles, and over 13 million units sold, we know his music reaches far and wide”.
Kelly Kowall, Gold Star mother and founder of My Warrior’s Place, said, “I am thrilled by the Braves willingness to help us”. Her son Corey—like so many others—gave his life for our freedom and in the wake of his loss, she reached out to help others. “That is when I realized how many veterans, first responders and their families are suffering and struggling to receive all the services they need,” Kowall explained. “My Warrior’s Place offers a serene setting on the Gulf Coast of Florida where our nation’s heroes can find healing, support and comradery after trauma.” Each program offered by MWP, from grief counseling to boating expeditions, plays an important role in the healing and coping process, and the benefit obtained through these programs is priceless to the thousands of heroes and their family members who visit My Warrior’s Place each year.
Funds raised from the Celebrity Softball Game and Concert will help expand MWP’s existing
facilities adding 12 cottages, operational support, and create a designated space for the newest
program My Service Dog’s Place, “So that no American hero will ever need to choose between
their well-being and their service dog”, explains Kowall.
Celebrity Softball Game
Rodney Atkins Concert
Saturday, November 5th, 2022
Gates open at 2:30pm
Game begins at 4:00pm
18800 S. West Villages Parkway, Venice, FL 34293
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