Photo Credit Denise Truscello
LAS VEGAS (June 16, 2019) – The first-ever Battle For Vegas Charity Softball Game hosted by Reilly Smith hit a grand slam raising $136,000 for the Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF), the nonprofit organization of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Imagine Dragons dedicated to supporting children battling childhood cancer. In addition to star-studded team rosters, the event featured appearances and performances by members of the Imagine Dragons, Mr. Las Vegas Wayne Newton and country artist, Sierra Black.
Fans gathered at the sold-out Las Vegas Ballpark® to watch Team Reilly Smith take on Team Marcus Allen in a showdown for Las Vegas’ ultimate bragging rights all in the name of charity. In a special twist, Zappos for Good upped the ante by offering $1,000 for every run scored during the game. A total of 36 runs were made between the two teams. Featuring professional athletes, celebrities and media personalities the teams were led by Reilly Smith and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen. The full team rosters included:
Team Reilly Smith, Vegas Golden Knights
William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights
Jonathan Marchessault, Vegas Golden Knights
Erik Haula, Vegas Golden Knights
Deryk Engelland, Vegas Golden Knights
Ryan Reaves, Vegas Golden Knights
Shea Theodore, Vegas Golden Knights
Brendan Smith, New York Rangers
Jose Canseco, former MLB player
Anderson Hunt, former UNLV Runnin’ Rebel basketball player
Megan Olivi, UFC
Bryan Salmond, KSNV Channel News 3 Anchor
Team Marcus Allen, Pro Football Hall of Famer
Rod Woodson, Pro Football Hall of Famer
Trent Brown, Raiders
Johnathan Abram, Raiders
Vontaze Burfict, Raiders
Maurice Hurst Jr., Raiders
Arden Key Jr., Raiders
Josh Jacobs, Raiders
Erik Swoope, Raiders
Shane Victorino, former MLB player
Frank Mir, former UFC champion
Kevin Janison, KSNV Channel News 3 Anchor
“The inaugural Battle For Vegas was fun for all of us out on that field, but our main goal was to raise money for a great cause,” said Reilly Smith, Battle For Vegas host. “Thanks to our incredible community, we did just that. I knew Vegas had the best fans in the league, and now I can say we also have the most giving.”
A lead-off Home Run Derby presented by Zappos started the night, which continued with a tribute to Tyler Robinson, whose family was joined on the field by children benefiting from the namesake foundation. Country music star and Las Vegas local, Sierra Black, sang the national anthem while more than 100 volunteers took to the field to hold up a massive American flag as three Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II jets from Nellis Air Force Base flew over the ballpark. Imagine Dragons’ bassist Ben McKee threw out the first pitch along with “Super Benji” Sanchez – a longtime baseball fan, cancer survivor and member of the TRF family. Imagine Dragons’ drummer Daniel Platzman and bassist Ben McKee accompanied by Mr. Las Vegas Wayne Newton performed a rousing rendition of the traditional “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Performances by the Raiderettes, the Knightline and Vegas Golden Aces punctuated the evening.
Ultimately, Team Marcus Allen took home the first-ever Battle For Vegas trophy, but the evening’s true winner was TRF, which can now use the more than $136,000 raised to support even more families battling childhood cancer.
For game highlights, check out BattleForVegas.com. To learn more about TRF, visit TRF.org.
About Battle for Vegas Charity Softball Game
The Battle for Vegas Charity Softball Game features two all-star teams of professional athletes, celebrities and media personalities to “battle” it out for Las Vegas’ ultimate bragging rights for a good cause. The inaugural event washosted by professional hockey player Reilly Smith and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen.
About The Tyler Robinson Foundation
The Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF) helps strengthen families financially and emotionally as they cope with the tragedy of a pediatric cancer diagnosis by providing grants specifically to offset out-of-pocket life expenses. TRF is the nonprofit organization of the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling band Imagine Dragons. TRF meets a critical need in communities across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Each year, one in 285 children are diagnosed with cancer. While many pediatric cancer organizations focus on growing awareness and support for families with the physical and emotional toll of a diagnosis, the huge financial hardship cancer treatment places on families is rarely discussed. More than 85-percent of every dollar TRF raises goes right to families in need. For more information visit TRF.org.
About Las Vegas Ballpark®
Las Vegas Ballpark, located on eight acres in Downtown Summerlin just south of City National Arena – practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights, is the home of the Las Vegas Aviators, the city's professional Triple-A baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Las Vegas Ballpark provides a wide range of seating options including 22 suites, club seats, berm seating, party zones and decks, picnic tables, kids' zone, bars and a pool beyond the outfield wall. Designed to host a variety of events in addition to baseball, the site is landscaped to complement the surrounding master planned community. The site is easily accessed from all regions of the valley via the 215 Beltway.