The first-ever Battle For Vegas Charity Softball Game hosted by Reilly Smith hit a grand slam raising $136,000 for the Tyler Robinson Foundation (TRF), the nonprofit organization of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Imagine Dragons dedicated to supporting children battling childhood cancer (Photo credit: Denise Truscello / WireImage)
In addition to star-studded team rosters, the event featured appearances and performances by members of the Imagine Dragons, Mr. Las Vegas Wayne Newton and country artist, Sierra Black.
Fans gathered at the sold-out Las Vegas Ballpark to watch Team Reilly Smith take on Team Marcus Allen in a showdown for Las Vegas’ ultimate bragging rights all in the name of charity. In a special twist, Zappos for Good upped the ante by offering $1,000 for every run scored during the game. A total of 36 runs were made between the two teams. Featuring professional athletes, celebrities and media personalities the teams were led by Reilly Smith and Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen.
The full team rosters included:
- Team Reilly Smith, Vegas Golden Knights
- William Karlsson, Vegas Golden Knights
- Jonathan Marchessault, Vegas Golden Knights
- Erik Haula, Vegas Golden Knights
- Deryk Engelland, Vegas Golden Knights
- Ryan Reaves, Vegas Golden Knights
- Shea Theodore, Vegas Golden Knights
- Brendan Smith, New York Rangers
- Jose Canseco, former MLB player
- Anderson Hunt, former UNLV Runnin’ Rebel basketball player
- Megan Olivi, UFC
- Bryan Salmond, KSNV Channel News 3 Anchor
- Team Marcus Allen, Pro Football Hall of Famer
- Rod Woodson, Pro Football Hall of Famer
- Trent Brown, Raiders
- Johnathan Abram, Raiders
- Vontaze Burfict, Raiders
- Maurice Hurst Jr., Raiders
- Arden Key Jr., Raiders
- Josh Jacobs, Raiders
- Erik Swoope, Raiders
- Shane Victorino, former MLB player
- Frank Mir, former UFC champion
- Kevin Janison, KSNV Channel News 3 Anchor
“The inaugural Battle For Vegas was fun for all of us out on that field, but our main goal was to raise money for a great cause,” said Reilly Smith, Battle For Vegas host. “Thanks to our incredible community, we did just that. I knew Vegas had the best fans in the league, and now I can say we also have the most giving.”
A lead-off Home Run Derby presented by Zappos started the night, which continued with a tribute to Tyler Robinson, whose family was joined on the field by children benefiting from the namesake foundation. Country music star and Las Vegas local, Sierra Black, sang the national anthem while more than 100 volunteers took to the field to hold up a massive American flag as three Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II jets from Nellis Air Force Base flew over the ballpark. Imagine Dragons’ bassist Ben McKee threw out the first pitch along with “Super Benji” Sanchez – a longtime baseball fan, cancer survivor and member of the TRF family. Imagine Dragons’ drummer Daniel Platzman and bassist Ben McKee accompanied by Mr. Las Vegas Wayne Newton performed a rousing rendition of the traditional “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Performances by the Raiderettes, the Knightline and Vegas Golden Aces punctuated the evening.
Ultimately, Team Marcus Allen took home the first-ever Battle For Vegas trophy, but the evening’s true winner was TRF, which can now use the more than $136,000 raised to support even more families battling childhood cancer.