Softball lineup announced for Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic

Magic Johnson pitches during the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Softball Classic at McCoy Stadium. (Photo: Ian Opaluch/WPRI 12)

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WPRI) — The Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Classic has announced their softball lineup for the 5th annual event at McCoy Stadium.

This year’s event will by co-hosted by Earvin “Magic” Johnson along with Jeffrey Osborne, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Rhode Island native.

Tickets are available online, $13 for reserved box seats, $9 for general admission, $6 for children aged 12 and under and senior citizens, and $40 for VIP tickets. They can also be available by calling 401-724-7300 or the Paw Sox website.

Thus far, the Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Softball Classic has announced that the line up will include:

  • Earvin “Magic” Johnson
  • Smokey Robinson, legendary R&B singer
  • Sugar Ray Leonard, boxing legend
  • Chris Tucker, actor & comedian
  • Julius Erving “Dr. J”, NBA legend
  • Ahmad Rashad, former NFL Star, sportscaster
  • Ty Law, former New England Patriot
  • Flex Alexander, Actor, Comedian, TV personality
  • Johnny Gill, musician, New Edition
  • Ronnie DeVoe, musician, New Edition]
  • Mike Bivins, musician, New Edition
  • Ricky Bell, musician, New Edition
  • Ralph Tresvant, musician, New Edition
  • Nisha and Seema Sadekar, professional golfers
  • Doris Burke, ESPN & ABC sideline reporter
  • Dave Stewart, Major League Baseball Pitcher
  • Royce Clayton, former MLB star
  • Jay Harris, ESPN anchor
  • Eddie Levert, The O’Jays, R&B legend
  • Elan Trotman, Saxophonist
  • Norm Nixon, former NBA star and analyst
  • Dondre and Salli Whitfield, actors
  • Jim Harrick, former college basketball coach (UCLA, Pepperdine, URI and University of Georgia)
  • Frank Carpano, NBC 10
  • Joe Kayata, NBC 10
  • Yianni Kourakis, WPRI 12
  • Michaela Johnson, The Rhode Show, WPRI 12
  • Patrick Little, WPRI 12
  • Heather & Steve, Lite 105
  • Kevin Stacom, former NBA player
  • Joe Hassett, former NBA player

The organization stresses that new celebrities are going to be added to the roster daily.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the game kicks off at 7:05 p.m. the night of Monday, August 8. The Softball Classic precedes the Celebrity Classic golf event on August 9 in Portsmouth.

According to a news release, the event supports initiatives to bring music and arts back into public schools as well as provide safe, enriching environments and services for families and children in need. Collectively, over the years, more than $600,000 have been distributed to non-profits in Rhode Island that fit this mission.

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