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Love softball? Or local celebs like Bill Murray, Elise Testone, Mark Bryan, or Tyler Boone? Or Louie's Kids? Or helping others? Or seeing live music? Or smiling a lot? Welp, if you're a fan of any or all, Saturday's Slim Down the South Celebrity Softball Game at The Joe is a must for your weekend calendar. 





Up for grabs for the players? Bragging rights. The winner of the day, though, no matter who wins or loses? The children (and future adults) of Charleston, as proceeds benefit Louie's Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting obesity one child at a time. 



If you have yet to hear about or be inspired by Louie's Kids, here's an excerpt of the founder Louis Yuhasz's testimony on the Louie's Kids' site: 


I promised a 10-year commitment to this program but I know this is my life’s work. What an experience to see children who are struggling with their size and all the “baggage” that comes with it to just be able to be themselves in an environment that fosters love and teaches kids “lifestyle changes” rather that fad dieting. To see the smiles on kids faces as they complete a climb up a rock wall, repel from one mountain to the next, hike 4.5 miles, participate in a sport (as opposed to warming the bench) or find a lifelong friend, as so many of them have, is like no other experience I’ve known. —Louis Yuhasz (pictured above, center) 


To help support that mission (or to just have a really fun afternoon outdoors with your family), pick up your ticket here, or while grabbing a yummy dinner tonight at Taco Boy, Poe's, Monza, or Closed for Business. Read on for the deets (when the gates open, price of the tix, etc.), as well as the team rosters, which are packed with local and national celebs alike. 



WHAT: Southwestern Airlines Slim Down for the South Celebrity Softball Game (tickets are $12-$25)


WHEN: Saturday, November 9

12 p.m.—gates open

12:30 p.m.—live music with Adalya
1 p.m.—live music with Southwood
1:55 p.m.—The National Anthem
2:05 p.m.—game begins!


WHERE: The Joe Riley Stadium, 360 Fishburne St., Charleston, SC 29403




(photo from 2012)


Team Wells Fargo

Bill Murray (comedian/actor)

Dean Felber (Hootie & the Blowfish)

Eric Bass (Shinedown)

Terry Serpico (actor, Army Wives

Corey Miller (NFL, NY Giants, USC)

Elise Testone (Singer, American Idol)

Kevin Elster (MLB, NY Yankees, LA Dodgers)

Brian Cleary (Radio Host, Y102.5)

Brendan Clark (News 2)

Victoria Hansen (News 4)

Jon Bruce (News 4)

Dean Stephens (News 4)

Ed Marinaro (actor)

Paulo Trickey (actress, Crimes of the Mind, The OC, Pacific Blue)

Chris Seely (Play Ball sponsor)



Team Taco Boy 

Sylvia Jefferies (actress, Nashville, Eastbound and Down)

Zach Myers (Shinedown)

Adam Rodriguez (actor, CSI: Miami, Magic Mike, Reckless)

Mark Bryan (Hootie & the Blowfish)

Langston Moore (NFL, Bengals, USC) 

Patrick Davis (Singer/songwriter)

Carolyn Murray (News 2)

Gettys Glaze (Citadel Hall of Fame)

Tessa Spencer (News 4)

Tom Crawford (News 4)

Kelly Golden (News Radio 94.3 WSC)

Paul Harris (NFL)

Tyler Boone (singer/songwriter)

Mike Trisler (Stuntman, Silver Linings Playbook) 

Hannah Curlee (winner, The Biggest Loser)

Raphael James (CBS Channel 5)

Bubba Bryant (actor, Army WIves)