WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Members of both sides of the aisle came together for a special softball game in Southeast, D.C. Wednesday night.
Legislators took on members of the press in the ninth annual Congressional Women's Softball Game.
The game took place at Watkins Field in Southeast only one week after Rep. Steve Scalise and four other people were shot by a gunman on an Alexandria baseball field.
Capitol Hill Special Agent Crystal Griner sustained injuries in that shooting. However, she was briefly allowed to leave the hospital Wednesday so she could throw the first pitch at the game.
She threw the ball while sitting in a wheelchair.
The crowd gave her a standing ovation.
Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz played on the Congressional team. She said everyone was excited to play the game after the events of the past week.
"This is one of our few opportunities to promote unity, to get to know each other, to put politics aside and to fight together for a cause we are passionate about," she said.
That specific cause is raising money for the Young Survival Coalition. Over the last nine years, the Congressional Softball Game has raised over $9 million dollars for that non-profit, which focuses on breast cancer awareness.
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