The annual Congressional Democrat vs Republican baseball game for charity is still set to happen tonight. Unfortunately, the Republican team’s practice was attacked yesterday resulting in the shooting of House Majority Leader Steve Scalise and four others.
There has been a positive to come out of the tragedy, so far ticket sales have skyrocketed over the past 36 hours. Instead of being torn apart by this tragedy, people in the Washington D.C. area at least are coming together.
This year’s Congressional Baseball Game is expected to raise over $1 million following a shooting that targeted Republican lawmakers Wednesday morning.
The 2016 game raised over $500,000 and 2017’s event was expected to raise around $650,000 before the attack, according to Roll Call. Those projections quickly increased as tickets to the event sold at a rate of 500 per hour Thursday morning. More than 18,000 were sold before noon.
The baseball game does not provide any funding to Congress, but rather charities in the D.C. area, such as the Washington Literacy Foundation, an organization that teaches adults how to read, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, which function as safe havens for struggling youth in the area. The Washington Nationals team also donates money to its Dream Foundation for underprivileged children.
It’s tragic to think of anyone who can be a winner from this shooting, but the closest thing to a winner would be these wonderful charities. Instead of tearing the country apart, the shooter has brought the Washington D.C. area closer together to do good for the community. Helping these charities and coming together is a small way forward towards rebuilding the fabric of civil society.
Not only will the Congressional baseball game raise a lot of money for charity and bring people together, it will also honor House Majority Leader Scalise. Players on both teams will be wearing LSU colors for a part of the game in tribute to Scalise.