Kemp, Ethier to lead Dodgers in charity game

Kemp, Ethier to lead Dodgers in charity game

Kemp, Ethier to lead Dodgers in charity game
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A Dodgers lineup that includes All-Star outfielders Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier will make the drive to Tucson on Friday for the split-squad game against the White Sox that benefits the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation.

The Foundation is named for the 9-year-old daughter of Dodgers scout John Green who was killed in the 2011 shooting that also wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

In addition to Kemp and Ethier, Dodgers who have volunteered for the game are Juan Rivera, Mark Ellis, A.J. Ellis, Dee Gordon, Tony Gwynn and Jerry Hairston.

The game will be played at 1:05 p.m. PT at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Pima County Sports and Tourism Authority and the Tucson Padres are partnering with the Dodgers and White Sox in the event, which was held last year between the Dodgers and D-backs, only two months after the tragic shootings.

The Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation was established by the Green family to receive gifts in memory of Christina-Taylor. The mission of the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation is to honor her life and memory through charitable and educational projects that reflect and embody her interests, values and dreams.

"The beneficiary for this game, the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation, will give back to the local community that gave so much to us," said John Green. "Christina-Taylor's wishes and our mission statement are to help those less fortunate in the areas of education, the arts, sports and leadership programs to enrich our children's lives."

In addition, the Dodgers Dream Foundation, in partnership with the D-backs, will dedicate a Dodgers Dreamfield in Oro Valley, Ariz., on a field that was renamed in memory of Christina-Taylor Green.