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Grammy Award-winning and platinum-selling recording artist Drake is hosting a celebrity softball game as part of his second annual Houston Appreciation Weekend (HAW) on Friday, May 22, benefitting the Astros Urban Youth Academy.
In addition to Drake, several notable names from sports and entertainment will participate in the HAW Celebrity Softball Game, including Astros alumni Chris Sampson and Brandon Backe, Houston Texans Duane Brown and Darryl Morris Jr., NFL players Dwayne Bowe, Taylor Gabriel, Marlon Moore and Le’Ron McClain and rap stars P. Reign and Kirko Bangz. Individuals subject to change. More celebrities and current and former pro athletes will be added to the rosters in the coming days.
Drake has deep roots in Houston, a city that was essential to launching his music career and where he began building his empire with the encouragement of long-time Astros supporter and community activist, Bun B, among others. Drake has been unwavering in his support of Houston-based organizations, sports teams and initiatives.
The HAW Celebrity Softball Game will take place at the University of Houston Cougar Field, and will include a Home Run Derby beginning at 6:00 p.m. prior to the softball game, which begins at 7:00 p.m.
The Astros Foundation will also run a raffle and auction, with all proceeds benefitting the Urban Youth Academy.