By Don Seymour, Government & Political Outreach and Julia Smekalina, News Partnerships
The annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity is a long-running DC tradition in which Democratic and Republican members of Congress come together to play against each other to raise money for charity. The Congressional Women’s Softball Game began in 2009 as women members in both parties teamed up to challenge women members of the press corps to raise money for the Young Survival Coalition. This year, the events became an important national moment of resilience and unity after a tragic shooting at a pre-game practice left a member of Congress, staffers and Capitol Police injured or in critical condition.
The Hill, a national politics publication, broadcast live on Facebook with original programming before, during, and after the event, while event organizers used Facebook’s donation products to encourage viewers to participate in the event in new ways and donate to the cause.