The Charleston RiverDogs, have announced that Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. game at Riley Park against the West Virginia Power will be played as scheduled and proceeds will be donated to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, which was established by the city in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting tragedy in which nine people were killed at Emanuel AME Church.
“We all personally feel the grief of the horrifying tragedy that struck our community last night,” said RiverDogs general manager Dave Echols. “Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims involved and with the law enforcement agencies working tirelessly in the wake of last night’s appalling and shocking event.”
The decision to play was made in consultation with city officials.
“We feel it is our duty not to let the acts of one radical human being dictate our lives,” added Echols. “The RiverDogs will continue on as scheduled in hopes of providing a sense of normalcy and comfort to the Lowcountry. We understand the donation is a small gesture during this terrible time; one for the families of the victims, the church family, and the entire community.”
Prior to Thursday’s game will be a moment of silence to remember the victims of this unspeakable tragedy. In addition to the remembrance of this week’s tragic events, the RiverDogs will continue to honor the “Charleston 9,” the nine firefighters who lost their lives on this date in 2007, with a bell ringing and moment of silence prior to the ballgame.