Choose to Change youth and mentors attended the White Sox game on June 27 through Club 17— Sox manager Rick Renteria’s initiative aimed at helping young people reach their potential. Named for his jersey number, Club 17 was inspired by Rick’s own childhood in Compton, California during a time when money was tight for his family and violence was a familiar sight.

The youth participating in Choose to Change met with Rick before the game and watched batting practice from the front row on the third base line. Rick’s wife, Ilene Renteria, also spent some time with the youth, welcoming them onto the White Sox Patio for lunch, before they headed back to their seats to enjoy the game.

This is the second White Sox game of the season that Choose to Change youth and mentors have attended thanks to Club 17. The White Sox are part of the Chicago Sports Alliance and have partnered with Children’s Home & Aid for over a decade to lend their support to our foster care program.