Pictured above is the Illinois State University (ISU) jersey Davis will wear in this year's Congressional Baseball Game for Charity.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) will wear an Illinois State University (ISU) baseball jersey during tomorrow’s Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Davis will play the position of catcher for the Republican team.
Republicans and Democrats will play each other tomorrow night at Nationals Park in Washington, DC to raise money for charity. The game begins at 6:05pm CT/7:05pm ET and will be streamed live on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CongressionalBaseball/.
"I'm looking forward to playing in tomorrow's game and proudly representing the ISU Redbirds," said Davis. "This year's game will be especially memorable as we celebrate the remarkable recovery of Steve Scalise and the others who were shot and remember how grateful we are to be here and carry on this tradition of bipartisanship and charity."
This will be Davis' sixth year playing in the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. The 13th District is home to four private colleges, four public universities, and eight community college districts. Davis has worn a jersey representing a different college each year.
Tomorrow also marks the one year anniversary of a gunman opening fire on Republicans practicing for the game. Davis was at bat when the shooting started.
On June 14, 2017, a gunman opened fire on Republicans practicing for the game. Four attending the practice were injured, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise, as well as U.S. Capitol Police Officers David Bailey and Crystal Griner.
Members of the team opted to play the game to honor Scalise and the others injured. The 2017 Congressional Baseball Game raised a record $1.5 million for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, The Washington Literacy Center, and the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund, which was added last year to show appreciation for the agents who defended against the shooter.
The annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity has been a bipartisan tradition in Congress since 1909. Additional history and information about the game can be found here.