Dodgers to play White Sox in charity game
Tucson contest will benefit foundation for Christina-Taylor Green
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers and White Sox will play a Spring Training game in Tucson next month to benefit the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation, named for the 9-year-old daughter of Dodgers scout John Green who was killed in the 2011 shooting that also wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
The game will be played Friday, March 23, at 1:05 p.m. MST at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority and the Tucson Padres are partnering with the Dodgers and White Sox in the event, which was held last year between the Dodgers and D-backs, only two months after the tragic shootings.
"On behalf of the Green Family, we would like to thank the Tucson Padres for providing the venue and their expertise," said John Green, the club's national crosschecker. "We would also like to thank the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox for playing Major League Baseball in Tucson once again."
The Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation was established by the Green family to receive gifts in memory of Christina-Taylor. The mission of the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation is to honor her life and memory through charitable and educational projects that reflect and embody her interests, values and dreams.
"The beneficiary for this game, the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation, will give back to the local community that gave so much to us," said Green. "Christina-Taylor's wishes and our mission statement are to help those less fortunate in the areas of education, the arts, sports and leadership programs to enrich our children's lives."
In addition, the Dodgers Dream Foundation, in partnership with the D-backs, will dedicate a Dodgers Dreamfield in Oro Valley, Ariz., on a field that was renamed in memory of Christina-Taylor Green.
The Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority and Pima County are coordinating efforts for this game. Tickets will be available beginning Feb. 15 at tucsonpadres.com. On March 6, tickets will go on sale at the Kino Stadium box office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Kino Stadium's address is 2500 East Ajo Way in Tucson.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.