For one day, UCF's Jay Bergman Field will host professional instead of collegiate athletes. But don't worry, it's for charity.

The UCF Baseball Complex will be hosting Chris Duffy's 2nd Annual Celebrity Softball Game on Jan. 17 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will feature several former and current professional athletes, including Blake Bortles and Daunte Culpepper.

Among the athletes attending will be UF alumnus and World Series MVP David Eckstein, former UCF and NFL wide receiver Mike Sims-Walker, newly acquired Miami Marlins infielder and 2014 MLB All-Star Dee Gordon and 13-year NBA veteran and the first-ever NBA draft selection by the Orlando Magic, Nick Anderson.

Culpepper, Eckstein and Anderson were among those who attended the event last year as well, where fans were given opportunities to meet the athletes.

Chris Duffy played baseball at UCF from 2007 through 2010, and as a senior, he set the single season batting record for Conference USA by hitting .447.

The event will benefit charities including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida and the Above .500 foundation, the latter of which Duffy is the vice president.

Other athletes attending include Kevin Smith, Bo Outlaw, Marquis Daniels and Nick Franklin.


Colin Bell is a Senior Staff Writer for the Central Florida Future. Email him at