Gwinnett Braves’ manager Randy Ready, right, talks with Brian McCann’s rehab assignment in Gwinnett during a game earlier this season at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville. (Photo: Karl L. Moore/Gwinnett Braves)
While Brian McCann may leave the area as a professional baseball player this offseason, his charity remains active in Gwinnett. And this weekend may give fans one more chance to see McCann before he joins a new team.
Bert Weiss and Jerry “Tug” Cowart are scheduled to be team captains on Saturday at the fifth annual celebrity softball game that benefits childhood cancer research.
The event begins and 11 a.m. at Coolray Field and is hosted by the long-time Atlanta Braves catcher and his wife Ashley. First pitch is set for 12:45 p.m. Tickets are free for children 10-years-old and under, $5 for students and $10 for adults.
McCann became a free agent at the end of the season, and despite the Braves making a qualifying offer, the Duluth native is not expected to re-sign with the hometown club.
The McCanns are honorary chairs for the event. Weiss is a host of Q100’s The Bert Show, while Cowart is a personality on Kicks 101.5 FM.
The event is presented by Jet Sports Management, the McCanns and the Chipper Jones Family Foundation.
Other celebrities scheduled to attend are current or former Atlanta Braves Greg McMichael, Johnny Estrada, Pete Smith, former Brookwood High star Lucas Sims, singer-songwriter Matt Kabus, radio personality Jenn Hobby, Fox Sports South host Jerome Jurenovich and Chris Cauley of The Voice. Atlanta Falcons alumni also expected to attend include Ray Buchanan, Brian Finneran, Ken Oxendine, D.J. Shockley, Kevin Shaffer and Terrance Melton.
The Rally Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises money and awarenss for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures.
For more information, visit RallyFoundation.org.