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      August 4th proclaimed 'Louie's Kids Day'

      (Rebecca Lamb/WCIV)

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Saturday, August 4, has officially been named "Louie's Kids Day" in Charleston.

      Mayor Joe Riley made the announcement Tuesday at the city council chamber meeting in honor of the upcoming Second Annual "Slim Down the South" Celebrity Softball Game benefiting Louie's Kids and Run Buddies.

      The nonprofit organizations aim to help treat and prevent childhood obesity.

      "To have the softball game here this year, loads of fun," said Mayor Riley. "I went last year. Everyone was having a great time, and seeing some athletes and famous people play softball and supporting a great cause. It's loads of fun."

      Super Bowl Champion Jim Stuckey says he got involved with Louie's Kids this past year thanks to the outreach efforts of founder Louis Yuhasz.

      "The little bit that, as an ex-jock, an ex-athlete that I can give back is zero compared to what he does so it's my pleasure," said Stuckey.

      The ex-football player said he plans to do what he can at the celebrity softball game. "I can hardly walk anymore, can't run, I'm gonna have a runner for me but I'm gonna try and swing that bat," he said. "I'm lookin' forward to it. I haven't picked up a ball and glove in a long time."

      The softball game is this Saturday at 7 p.m. and will feature some well known celebrities including NBA star Xavier McDaniel, country music star Julie Roberts, actors from the hit show Army Wives and ABC News 4's own Jon Bruce and Dean Stephens.

      Tickets range in price from $7 to $16 and are still available. Children 3 and under are free, unless they require a seat.For all ticket and game questions, please call 843-724-9267 or email info@louieskids.org.

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