Soul food, softball, and great company: they’re all coming back to Nichol Park in Richmond on Sunday — back by popular demand.
Soulful Softball Sunday, presented by The Sons of Issachar and Oakland A’s great Mike Norris, will start at 2 p.m. at Nichol Park.
The popular event was launched in July of last year as a way to unify the community. It was launched amid a spike in violence in Richmond and was said to have helped heal the community. Founders, however, say the idea for Soulful Softball was years in the making. Nevertheless, it became a hit, drawing large numbers along with praise and attendance by elected officials and other city leaders. It earned a Richmond City Council proclamation for bringing the community together in a positive, active and unifying way.
Founder Rodney “Alamo” Brown, a community advocate and author, says this summer’s version will include career and education resources in addition to delicious local food.
This Sunday, along with games that pit 49ers fans versus Raiders fans and all stars from Richmond against all starts from Oakland/Berkeley, there will be a DJ, free food, hundreds of backpacks being given away, free pony rides and a number of job employment resources, with representatives of multiple agencies, companies and organizations.
Gift cards will also be raffled at the event, which has been dedicated in honor of Ronnie Jamal Robinson, son of Tanya and Ronnie Robinson of Richmond, who lost his life in a tragic traffic accident in Napa last month. There will be a moment of silence and tribute for him Sunday.
Along with raising funds to help underserved youth go to college, Soulful Softball Sunday’s steering committee will hold a ceremony to honor nine Richmond residents dedicated to doing good in the community.
They will be observed by a number of celebrities who plan to come down to support the event, Brown said.
“I would love to extend a HUGE thank you to our wonderful donors,” Brown said.
To get an even clearer view of the event’s ongoing success, take a look at the list of donors and supporters: Peacemakers Inc., Terrance Kelly Youth Foundation, United Airlines, Richmond Rotary Club, Honey Bunches Dough Club, Rapper Master P, Grambling St. University, Mike Eaglin, San Francisco Giants, The Oakland Zoo, University of Illinois, The Box Water Co., Glenda Bradley; Amy Nickerson; Reggie Simmons; Oakland Raiders; Oakland A’s great Mike Norris, Attorney at Law Pam Jones, The Napa Home Team Realty Co., MAJ Presents ASA, Easterhill Methodist Church Men’s Group, JC Penney, Cesar Zapeda and Uche Uwehema.