Second Annual Celebrity Softball Game at UCF Draws Big Names

    Former NFL Quarterback Daunte Culpepper, Orlando Magic Player Nick Anderson, 3x Cupake Wars winner Hollis Wilder among attendees on January 17th at 5PM.


    By Jacob Engels


    Last year, MLB baseball player and UCF graduate Chris Duffy held his first annual Celebrity Softball at UCF’s Jay Bergman Field and benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida. Duffy, who held the UCF & Conference USA records in home-runs and batting average, created the event in partnership with a high school friend of his who runs a non-profit (Above.500) aimed at motivating positive energy in students, athletes and entrepreneurs.


    Chris was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2010 and says his success in baseball, work ethic and interest in helping the youth inspired him to organize an annual event benefiting local charities.


    “We will have an area for local non-profits & foundations to set up and interact with the community at the game. Money raised will go towards the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida. Their summer and after school programs were a big part of my upbringing,” Duffy told the East Orlando Post.


    He wants the his second annual celebrity softball game to bring the community together and help recognize and support organizations that are making Central Florida a better place. (last years numbers & attendees) “Athletes and celebrities have a huge impact on the young people both locally and nationally. Our goal is to bring them together with the community and show our appreciation those striving improve the lives of kids like me who learned so much from the Boys & Girls Club and groups like them growing up.”


    Celebrities & athletes confirmed for the event on January 17th at 5pm include – Bo Outlaw, Dee Gordon, Jamar Newsome, Marquis Daniels, Ricky Padilla, Doug Gabriel and Ray Shipman. You can buy tickets by clicking here. To recieve a 10% discount use “Ready”


    Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at