Thu, June 28, 2018
5 - 11PM • North Market

The Celebrity 8-Ball Shootout was created in 2004 and has since become a signature event to raise funds for The 2nd & 7 Foundation. The concept is simple - each team (or sponsor) competes in a double-elimination pool tournament with a celebrity player on each team. Through the years, we have welcomed many local celebrities including Thad Matta, Greg Oden, Urban Meyer, Joey Galloway, John Cooper, Kirk Herbstreit, A.J. Hawk, Pierre Woods, Bobby Carpenter, and many more.

This night is truly one-of-a-kind and has become the 'must-attend' event of the summer.

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The 2nd & 7 Foundation Partners


Diamond Hill Capital Management
White Castle/Ingram-White Castle Foundation


A limited number of individual tickets will be sold for this event. They are available for purchase at Participating teams may invite up to 20 guests, whose names will be included on our guest list at the door.


No, all names will be on list at registration and must be pre-registered by the Team Captains.

Yes! You can visit our auction link through BidPal to bid on any of the items available from the comfort of home. Please email us at and ask to be added to the 8-Ball Auction list. 

No way! We welcome players of all skill levels from beginner to self-proclaimed pro!
Absolutely! Companies, friends, co-workers can go together to buy a team, split in half, thirds or quarters. Just come up with a name that represents everyone and provide one main contact for the team. Each team can invite 20 guests total.
The Main Garage is located at 55 East Rich Street, with entrances on Main and Rich Streets between High and Third Streets. The Underground Garage is located at 191 South Third Street, with an entrance off of Third Street, between State and Rich Streets. Both provide close access to Columbus Commons.

Yes! Food trucks from Rooster's, Giant Eagle Market District, and Romeo's Pizza will be on hand for our guests. Adult beverages will also be available for purchase.

This is a casual event. This time of year is usually pretty hot, so shorts are perfectly acceptable.

The tournament consists of 32 teams and is a double-elimination format. Each team starts off by playing their opening match in the "Winner's Bracket." Each match will consist of a maximum of 3 games and the winner of these "best of three" game matches will advance in the "Winner's Bracket" while the loser is placed in the "Loser's Bracket." Once in the "Loser's Bracket," you must win your match to keep playing. If you lose a match in the "Loser's Bracket," your team is eliminated from the tournament. The winner of the "Winner's Bracket" will face off against the winner of the "Loser's Bracket" for the championship where the winner of the "Winner's Bracket" can technically lose one match before being eliminated. In the event that time becomes an issue, we reserve the right to condense matches in the "Loser's Bracket" to a one game winner advance format.
Yes! Guests will enjoy live music from favorite local band One Ton Diesel


North Market
59 Spruce St
Columbus, Ohio 43215

About 2nd & 7

Mission: To promote reading by providing free books and positive role models to kids in need while encouraging young athletes of the community to pay it forward.

The 2nd & 7 Foundation was founded in 1999 by three former OSU football players – Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel - who wanted to continue to give back to their community. Since 1999, The 2nd & 7 Foundation has given away over 100,000 books to kids in need all across the country. In the 2012-2013 school year alone, The 2nd & 7 Foundation visited over 160 schools and gave away over 17,000 books.

Tackling Illiteracy: The 'Tackling Illiteracy' reading program began in central Ohio and is now being implemented in communities all over the nation. As a part of this program, college or high school student-athletes visit 2nd graders in local elementary schools to read to them, talk about the importance of their education and give every child a free book to take home. The focus is on schools with high populations of students on free or reduced lunch plans or communities that need it the most. A donation of just $25 allows us to ship 120 books to a school anywhere in the country.

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