The 10th year of Reckless Kelly’s Celebrity Softball Jam will apparently be the last. The Austin country-rock band announced Wednesday that the Sept. 23 charity game and concert at Dell Diamond will bring to an end a decade-long tradition that has raised more than $400,000 for various local youth and music organizations.
“We have had an absolute blast getting to relive our childhood dreams at Dell Diamond each year with all of our friends and families,” band member Cody Braun said in a press release announcing the finale. “We have met so many inspiring people and made many lifelong friendships through this event, and we look forward to many more adventures together in the future.”
PHOTOS: A-list gallery from a previous Reckless Kelly Softball Jam
Performers joining Reckless Kelly at this year’s event include Jack Ingram, Micky & The Motorcars, Cody Canada, Midnight River Choir, Jamie Wilson, Wade Bowen, George Devore, Mike & the Moonpies and Bonnie Whitmore. The music takes place in the outfield at Dell Diamond immediately after the celebrity softball game, which starts at 1 p.m. (gates open at noon).
Athletes taking part in the game will include baseball stars John Lackey, Brooks Kieschnick and Norm Charlton, as well as former Texas Longhorns and Houston Texans football player Kasey Studdard. Local media luminaries who’ll play include the American-Statesman’s own Addie Broyles as well as radio personalities Andy Langer (KGSR), Erin Hogan (The Horn) and Eric Raines (KOKE).
READ MORE: Our 2015 interview with Cody Braun about the Softball Jam
This year’s beneficiary of the event is Miracle League at Town & Country, which helps make it possible for children with disabilities to take part in baseball games. Tickets, $25-$75, are available via the Round Rock Express website.
Looking back at the event’s origins a decade ago, Braun said that “we had no idea the impact this event would have. The idea came up when we were at a Round Rock Express game in 2008. We thought it would be fun to get together with some of our musician friends to play a little ball on a professional field. It just took off from there.”