USC coach Dawn Staley hosted a charity softball game recently in an effort to raise $75,000 in South Carolina. The donations will go to support Innersole, a charity that donates new sneakers to needy children. The foundation will branch into an elementary school in the fall and promote a competition measuring attendance, behavior, physical fitness and grades with new sneakers as the prize.
Ray Tanner coached one of the teams, cutting it close with a 13-12 win in the Fun-Raiser celebrity softball game. Staley’s team was ahead 11-5 in the seventh and final inning, but Tanner’s team rallied in the final minutes to pull ahead.
“It was a tremendous turnout,” Staley said. “The way that the people of South Carolina have supported everything I’ve done in our women’s basketball program, and now Innersole, it goes to show how caring they are about what we do.”
One of Staley’s team players was Forrest Alton, CEO of the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. Alton got three homers off pitcher Brian Buscher, but those homers were all answered with three for Buscher later on.
“I played like a sieve at third, so I guess it kind of evens out,” Alton said. “It was fun to be out here and nice of coach Staley to ask. Innersole works on issues that are overlapping with (our initiative), for sure.”
Former professional athletes who participated in Saturday’s game included Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey, St. Louis Rams tight end Justice Cunningham, Andre Goodman and Scott Wingo.