Major League Baseball is dedicating Game Seven of the 2011 World Series to tornado relief efforts in the Midwest and Southeast in a continuation of its efforts with the Major League Baseball Players Association to support those affected by the disaster.
MLB has invited children from the Joplin South Little League who participated in the 2011 Junior RBI Classic in Phoenix during the 2011 MLB All-Star Week, to be recognized prior to tonight's game between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals with coverage beginning at 7:30pm Eastern on FOX.
MLB will encourage fans in the ballpark and on MLB.com to donate to the Heart to Heart International and Habitat for Humanity by visiting MLBCommunity.org. MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Trust made a $200,000 financial contribution that helped to treat nearly 6,000 people during the critical days and weeks following the tornado through the Heart to Heart Organization, which was one of the early responders after the tornado hit Joplin, MO. Habitat for Humanity regional affiliates are working with the Joplin area to rebuild homes in time for families to move in by Thanksgiving and will continue rebuilding efforts beyond this initial phase.
The children, who were largely affected by what was declared the worst tornado in the United States in more than 60 years, will be recognized onfield as Chris Daughtry performs the National Anthem. Country music artist David Nail, who is performing God Bless America and is from Missouri, headlined a disaster relief concert in May 2011.