The Chicago White Sox will celebrate Sox Serve Week, the organization's eighth annual community outreach and fundraising campaign benefitting Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC), from Monday, June 6, through Sunday, June 12. Sox Serve Week engages Sox fans and the Chicagoland community through outreach events with current players and special fundraising opportunities.
"Sox Serve Week has become a signature initiative that demonstrates the combined impact of our outreach and fundraising efforts throughout the Chicagoland community," said Christine O'Reilly, White Sox vice president of community relations. "We are thrilled to have so many of our team members - from players and front office staff to White Sox Wives and the Volunteer Corps - engage with the community alongside some great organizations this year. We hope that our fans are just as excited to join us with the new opportunities and experiences we have scheduled during Sox Serve Week."
Sox Serve Week includes a series of outreach events that involve White Sox players and team personnel giving back to the community. In addition, fans attending games during the week can participate in a number of unique fundraising activities, which have raised more than $1 million for CWSC in the last seven years. The schedule for Sox Serve Week is as follows:
Monday, June 6 - No Game
Matthew House Visit - White Sox front office staff members will prepare and serve breakfast and lunch at Matthew House, a non-profit organization in the Bronzeville neighborhood that provides food, daytime shelter and supportive services to men, women and children who are homeless.
Tuesday, June 7 - White Sox vs. Washington at 7:10 p.m.
Careers in Sports with Amateur City Elite - Fifteen Amateur City Elite (ACE) athletes will participate in a career day at U.S. Cellular Field. The athletes will learn about different career paths in the sports industry from front office members and players.
Mystery Baseballs - Fans attending the game will be able to purchase "mystery baseballs" for $40 near Section 135 at U.S. Cellular Field or online at whitesox.com/soxserve. Each baseball will be autographed, although fans will not know who signed the ball until they purchase it. Autographed baseballs in the sale include members of the current White Sox roster.
Wednesday, June 8 - White Sox vs. Washington at 7:10 p.m.
Sensory Baseball Experience - Visually impaired teens from Vision Resource Program at Curie High School will visit U.S. Cellular Field for a tour and on-field baseball experience. The teens will have the opportunity to run the bases and play beeper ball with current White Sox players.
Mystery Soxpacks presented by Comcast SportsNet - During the game, fans have the opportunity to purchase mystery Soxpacks - an exclusive White Sox backpack that includes a mystery baseball signed by a current player, a mystery baseball signed by a former player, a U.S. Cellular Field 25th anniversary replica ballpark, a Sox Serve T-shirt and two Outfield Reserved tickets to a 2016 game (subject to availability). They are available for $150 in the Miller Lite Extra Base Lounge at U.S. Cellular Field, online at whitesox.com/soxserve or by phone at 312-674-5684. A limited number of Signature Soxpacks, which come with an autographed jersey of a fan's choice (options include Jose Abreu, Harold Baines, Carlton Fisk, Aaron Rowand, Chris Sale, Frank Thomas and Jim Thome), also are available for $550 by phone only at 312-674-5684.
Thursday, June 9 - White Sox vs. Washington at 7:10 p.m.
Home Run Derby at Ronald McDonald House - The White Sox will take over the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children's to hold a home run derby event. White Sox players, Southpaw and Mazda Pride Crew members will engage with families and children staying at the house before leading a home run derby on the mini-White Sox field on the house's rooftop.
Players' Favorite Things - Fans will have the opportunity to bid on baskets with some of current White Sox players' favorite things, as put together by their wives. Bidding on the baskets, which include some autographed items, will take place on Thursday, June 9, from 5:40 to 9 p.m. Fans attending the game can place bids in person with the wives by visiting the Miller Lite Extra Base Lounge (near Section 157) or by phone at 312-674-5684.
Friday, June 10 - White Sox vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m.
Playhouse Build at Armour Square Park - White Sox Volunteer Corps members, front office members and team members will build 10 brand new playhouses for Chicagoland agencies supported by CWSC. The volunteers will build the playhouses from start to finish, including painting and decorating each playhouse at the end. Fans interested in volunteering at the playhouse build should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Playhouse."
White Sox Punch-A-Bunch - Fans are invited to test their luck at White Sox Punch-a-Bunch with the Chicago White Sox Young Professionals Council. For a $20 donation, White Sox fans can punch a spot for the chance to win great prizes, including autographed items, premium promotional items and game tickets.
Saturday, June 11 - White Sox vs. Kansas City at 1:10 p.m.
Grant Day and Kids Take the Field - The White Sox will announce the 2016 CWSC grant recipients and honor them during a special on-field pregame ceremony.
Ultimate Experience Broadcast Auction presented by WGN-TV - During the game, fans have the opportunity to bid on a variety of unique experiences online at whitesox.com/ultimateauction. Experiences include a remote control car race around the warning track vs. Sox ace Chris Sale, a hitting clinic for four kids with reigning Home Run Derby champion Todd Frazier and lunch for six guests with Hall-of-Fame slugger Frank Thomas at his Big Hurt Brewhouse in Berwyn. The bidding will take place from 8 a.m. on Monday, June 6, through 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.
Sunday, June 12 - White Sox vs. Kansas City at 1:10 p.m.
Southpaw's Birthday Toy Drive - The White Sox Wives and Volunteer Corps invite fans to bring new, unwrapped toys to U.S. Cellular Field for Southpaw's Birthday Toy Drive. The toy drive is part of Southpaw's 12th birthday celebration, which also includes families served by the USO of Illinois and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Toys and cash donations will be collected at the ballpark's gates before the game and donated to the USO of Illinois and TAPS.
White Sox Ultimate Raffle - Fans have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets (available in Sections 100, 135 and 535) to win a variety of prizes, including a Jose Abreu autographed bat, a lineup card exchange and tickets to a future game.
Fans are encouraged to share their Sox Serve Week experience on social media by tagging the White Sox and Chicago White Sox Charities as well as by using the hashtag #SoxServe. A complete overview of activities is available at whitesox.com/soxserve.
Tickets for all games are available at whitesox.com, the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office (Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) or by calling 866-SOX-GAME.