CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox will co-host the White Sox/CPS Challenge, a 14-team inner city baseball exhibition, in conjunction with Chicago Public Schools and the Salvation Army. The event will take place this coming Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 at White Sox Field, located at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (1250 W. 119th Street).
Participating teams include: Brooks College Prep, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, George Washington H.S., Jones College Prep, Kenwood Academy, Lincoln Park H.S., Morgan Park H.S., Percy L. Julian H.S., Simeon Career Academy, Solorio Academy, Urban Prep Academy, Wendell Phillips Academy, Whitney M. Young and W. R. Harper H.S.
Since 1993, tens of thousands of young athletes from Chicago have participated in the youth baseball programs aided by White Sox Charities. Over the past 10 years, White Sox Charities has donated nearly $1 million dollars to support youth baseball initiatives including ICYB (Inner City Youth Baseball), the Chicago White Sox R.B.I. (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program and the White Sox ACE (Amateur City Elite) program.
White Sox Field was named in honor of the team after White Sox Charities made a $1 million donation to the Salvation Army for the construction and operation of the Kroc Center.
The White Sox are committed to providing all children the opportunity to participate in the game of baseball. The baseball club assists a variety of youth baseball programs, which focus on inner-city youth of all ages and playing levels, from recreational to intermediate to highly-competitive programming.