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Celebrity shootout raises money, kicks off CMA Music Fest

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Musicians and athletes took aim Tuesday at the newest Country Music Association Festival event, the Celebrity Sporting Clay Shootout.

Nashville Predators star Mike Fisher and singer Luke Bryan were among an all-star lineup headed up by Tim McGraw, who took a break from his current tour with Kenny Chesney.

"I've done a lot of trap and skeet shooting, but sporting clays are different directions and a little more action. They say it is like golf, so we'll see how it goes," said Fisher.

The event raises money for the Tug McGraw Foundation, which Tim's family started after his father died of brain cancer.

Tim McGraw explained why he and his brother Mark put this event together.

"We saw how he suffered through that, so it seemed a natural fit with baseball, athletics and brain injuries, and especially with soldiers to understand the brain and the things that happen to them," said McGraw.

Iraq War veteran Allen Hill went through a year-long program sponsored by the foundation. 

"I'm eternally indebted to them for helping me get my life back on track," said Hill.

Hill was a soldier in Iraq in 2007 when a roadside bomb badly injured him and brought on post- traumatic stress disorder, which in turn has caused years of accelerated panic and confusion.

Doctors said that any loud noise, not just a gunshot, can trigger the condition.

"It's a true test of the hard work I've put into my recovery," said Hill.

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