Nelly Teams With Richmond Braves For Celebrity Softball Game

Grammy Award winning rapper Cornell "Nelly" Haynes, Jr. will be heading to Richmond, Va., next month to team up with the Richmond Braves minor league baseball team, for a celebrity softball game to raise money for inner city youth.

The event is scheduled to take place May 2 at The Diamond as part of Nelly's efforts to raise funds for his 4Sho4Kids foundation.

The celebrity lineup includes Gabrielle Union, Michael Vick, Shawn Barber, Clinton Portis, Ahman Green and retired St. Louis Cardinals player Ozzie Smith.

"What we have done with 4Sho4Kids Foundation is bring awareness to all cities," stated Chalena Mack, executive director for the foundation.

"With our recent catastrophe that our country has experienced with Katrina, our foundation made a commitment to help children of all ages in all cities, no matter where they are. So it is with great

anticipation and excitement that we come to Richmond, VA and give the fans a fun game for a great cause."

Richmond radio stations 106.5 The Beat, Q94 and Sports 910 will host the event, along with Downtown Lockeroom and the Richmond Braves.

"We are thrilled to be able to host this wonderful event to benefit the 4Sho4Kids Foundation and help bring awareness and aid to the important work the foundation is doing on behalf of children in our community," said Braves general manager Bruce Baldwin.

Founded in 2001 in Nelly's hometown of St. Louis, the 4Sho4Kids Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for children with developmental disabilities, with emphasis on Down Syndrome and children born addicted to drugs.

Among other goals, the foundation also hopes to assist children with educational and health care resources in all major cities.

Every year, Nelly hosts a week of festivities in different areas to help raise money for his foundation. More fundraisers are planned this year

in St. Louis and Las Vegas.

Tickets for the softball event can be purchased through