The “Congressional Baseball Game for Charity” will go on according to GOP and Democrat managers in a news conference on yesterday. The announcement made during a press conference hours after Rep. Steve Scalise and four others were shot while practicing at a Virginia park for a charity baseball game on Wednesday morning, called for unity.
The annual baseball game for charity is scheduled for Thursday evening at Nationals Park with the first pitch thrown shortly after 7 p.m. ET. It’s a time party partisanship is set aside for a good cause and a reminder that very few bipartisan traditions are left in Washington.
For approximately 108 years, the Congressional Baseball Game has been a bipartisan effort drawing thousands of fans annually. This year’s contest will be more meaningful because of the unforeseen events leading up to the charity baseball game.
The baseball game signifies a deeper message—a call for unity and symbolic of something bigger. When House members announced on Wednesday that the Congressional Baseball Game for charity would go on as scheduled, cheers erupted.
Those who may not have shown interest in the charitable event, or didn’t know the history behind the Congressional Base Game have asked about ways to tune into the game. Many concerned about the shooting during practice at the Virginia Park, sent prayers and heartfelt concerns across social media.
To tune into tonight’s Congressional Baseball Game for charity—on Facebook—the game will be streamed live through the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity’s page, according to a game spokesperson. First pitch is scheduled for
Viewers can also watch the game on the public-affairs cable network C-SPAN. Coverage will also be streamed via the C-SPAN website.
Players on both teams will wear LSU gear during the game in honor of Scalise, who is an avid fan of Tiger baseball.
Money raised by the game will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, and the Washington Literacy Center.
After Wednesday’s shooting, in which two members of the Capitol Police force were wounded, the Capitol Police Memorial Fund was added to the list of this year’s beneficiaries.
Rep. Scalise required additional surgery on Thursday morning after Wednesday’s shooting during congressional baseball practice. His condition reported as critical, will likely require further surgeries, according to a spokesperson at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Scalise was one of five victims of the shooter, who was killed by police. Other victims reportedly include U.S. Capitol Police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey; Zack Barth, an aide to Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas; and lobbyist Matt Mika.
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