Tim McGraw Says Father’s Spirit Lives On

Two Events Will Support the Tug McGraw Foundation

Tim McGraw’s late father, baseball great Tug McGraw, is living on thanks to his foundation and the ongoing support of Nashville’s celebrities.

And two back-to-back events in Nashville — a songwriters night and a sporting clay tournament — will help even more. McGraw thinks his dad would be very proud of that.

The Tug McGraw Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that raises awareness, supports programs and drives research to build greater understanding for brain-related trauma and disease.

On June 8, the foundation will present a songwriters-in-the-round concert at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee. Nashville cast member Charles Esten will be the special guest during the performance featuring singer-songwriters Mark Irwin, Lance Miller, Brad Warren and Brett Warren.

The celebrity sporting clay pro-am at is set for June 9 at the Nashville Gun Club. The shooting competition will feature 17 teams of four shooters each, including McGraw, Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, Rodney Atkins, Chase Rice, Cassadee Pope, Nashville Predators’ Mike Fisher, ESPN’s John Kruk, Andy Griggs, Chase Bryant, Craig Campbell and others .

Tug McGraw died in 2004.

“The work of the TMF allows Tug’s memory and spirit to live on,” his son said. “I know he would be very proud that they have expanded the original mission by supporting programs that help veterans and their families suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and TBI (trauma brain injury), as well as helping athletes that have suffered brain trauma.

“My family and I are very grateful to the fans, friends, professionals and other celebrities that give their time, assistance and philanthropy in support of this meaningful organization.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.