White Sox announce upcoming series activities

WHAT:

Chicago White Sox promotional highlights, giveaways and ceremonial first pitches for the upcoming home series vs. Houston and Kansas City. Tickets for all games of both series are available at whitesox.com, the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations.

Friday's game will be televised on WCIU-TV. Comcast SportsNet Chicago will broadcast Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday's games. WGN will broadcast Wednesday's game. All games will air on WSCR-AM 670 (The Score), the White Sox flagship radio station, and 97.5 FM ESPN Deportes, the White Sox Spanish-language radio affiliate.

WHEN:

Friday, July 18, 7:10 p.m. vs. Houston

Rat Pack Night and Fireworks Night, presented by Beggars Pizza

Italian Heritage Night; Illini Night

National Anthem by White Sox anthemist Myles Hayes

Ceremonial first pitches by Chicago Bulls Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic

White Sox anthemist Myles Hayes will be performing the National Anthem. He also will be performing an on-field pregame show, including a Rat Pack medley, as part of Rat Pack Night at the ballpark.

Pau Gasol, a four-time All-Star, who recently signed with the Chicago Bulls, will throw a ceremonial first pitch. The forward has averaged 18 points and nine rebounds in 13 NBA seasons.

Nikola Mirotic, the 2013 Spanish League MVP, who also recently signed with the Bulls, will throw a ceremonial first pitch. The forward shot 46 percent from 3-point range for Real Madrid in the 2013-14 season.

Saturday, July 19, 6:10 p.m. vs. Houston

Fireworks Night, presented by Northern Illinois University

Noche Tropical Festival on the Plaza, presented by Pepsi

National Anthem by Northern Illinois University Marching Band

Ceremonial first pitch by Cadet Madison Richmond

Noche Tropical Festival on the Plaza, presented by Pepsi, is a pre-game festival celebrating Caribbean culture, outside Gate 5 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Fans are invited to enjoy a Zumba demonstration and Caribbean-themed musical performances from the Northern Illinois University Steel Band and Los Perros Cubanos.

The Northern Illinois Marching Band, which has earned the title "The Pride of the Midwest," will perform the National Anthem.

Cadet Madison Richmond will throw a ceremonial first pitch on behalf of Northern Illinois University.

Sunday, July 20, 1:10 p.m. vs. Houston

Family Sunday presented by The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital

670 The Score Tailgate

Giveaway: Retro White Sox Pennant, presented by Prairie Farms and North Star Frozen Treats (First 10,000 children ages 13 and under)

National Anthem by Homewood-Flossmor Summer Choir

Ceremonial first pitch by White Sox pitching great Gary Peters

Family Sunday, presented by The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, includes free pregame autograph sessions (kids only) and postgame kids run the bases. Tickets are available for as low as $5 in the Upper Level and $15 in Lower Level, with $10 parking. Additional entertainment includes face painters, balloonists, a caricature artist, magnet art and a photo opportunity with the White Sox Broadcast Dashers.

670 The Score Tailgate will begin two hours before the game at U.S. Cellular Field, on the corner of 35th St. and Shields Ave. F ans will have the opportunity to win prizes and meet White Sox legend Minnie Minoso and Southpaw.

Gary Peters, who was a White Sox pitcher for 11 seasons, will throw a ceremonial first pitch. The two-time All-Star was named the1963 AL Rookie of the Year, lead the American League in ERA in 1963 and 1966, and was named to the White Sox All-Century Team. Peters also will be signing autographs in front of the home plate gift shop on the 100 level from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for all fans.

Monday, July 21, 7:10 p.m. vs. Kansas City

Christmas in July

Giveaway: Free T-Shirt Monday featuring Adam Eaton (First 20,000 fans)

National Anthem by White Sox anthemist Jen Porter

Ceremonial first pitch by two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Chicago Sky Center Sylvia Fowles

The White Sox celebrate Christmas in July as they start the series against Kansas City. This in-park celebration allows fans the opportunity to take pictures with Santa in Section 157, sing along with Jingle Tones caroling at Gate 4 and on-field pregame, enjoy holiday beverages in the Xfinity Zone and Miller Lite Bullpen Sports Bar, and much more. Santa also will throw a first pitch. The first 1,000 fans who purchase tickets at whitesox.com/xmas will receive a one-of-a-kind ugly Christmas White Sox t-shirt.

The first 20,000 fans that enter the ballpark will receive a free Adam Eaton t-shirt as part of the new Free T-Shirt Monday giveaway promotion. The remaining t-shirt giveaways will feature Jose Abreu on August 4, Chris Sale on August 18 and Paul Konerko on September 8.

Sylvia Fowles, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and WNBA center for the Chicago Sky, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Fowles has started 158 games and recorded 2,660 points, 1,629 rebounds and 335 blocks in her six seasons with the Sky. She is a three-time WNBA All-Star, two-time blocks leader and two-time defensive player of the year.

Tuesday, July 22, 7:10 p.m. vs. Kansas City

Greek Heritage Night

National Anthem by White Sox anthemist Jen Porter

Ceremonial first pitch by FOX Chicago Sports Anchor Lou Canellis

Fans have the opportunity to enjoy Greek entertainment as the White Sox host Greek Heritage Night. Prior to the game, Grecian Formula will perform at Gate 4 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The Ellas Dancers of Chicago will also have a pregame performance on the field. Fans are invited to stop by the Greek Heritage Night party shop in Section 159 through the third inning to purchase a Greek flag.

Lou Canellis, FOX Chicago sports anchor, will throw a ceremonial first pitch in honor of Greek Heritage Night. He is a Loyola University graduate, who was born and raised in Oak Lawn, Ill.

Wednesday, July 23, 1:10 p.m. vs. Kansas City

#SoxSocial Day highlighting Twitter

National Anthem by White Sox anthemist Jen Porter

Ceremonial first pitch by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke

Wednesday's #SoxSocial Day includes various contests and promotions throughout the day revolving around Twitter. The first 200 fans to purchase tickets to this #SoxSocial Day at whitesox.com/soxsocial will receive #SoxSocial sunglasses.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke will throw a ceremonial first pitch. She is a graduate of both DePaul University and IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law. Burke was elected to the Appellate Court, First District, for a full term in 1996.

WHERE:

U.S. Cellular Field

Chicago, Ill.

TICKETS:

Tickets for all games of both series are available at whitesox.com, the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office and through Ticketmaster.