At the young age of 24 years old, Bo Bichette has already made his mark as an All-Star player for the Toronto Blue Jays organization. What is even more impressive is that his impact goes much further than just playing the game he loves; Bo actively supports his community and has been steadfast in his desire to do what he can to help others and inspire them to be their best selves.
During recent offseasons at his home in St. Petersburg Fla., Bo served his community at a local shelter on a weekly basis. During this time Bo would serve food, water, clothing, toiletries, shoes and blankets to the homeless population. This program relies heavily on the consistency of its volunteers so that the volunteers can build relationships and trust with those in need with the goal of helping them get out of the shelters and get back on their feet.
In addition to volunteering at the shelter in his hometown, Bo also has close ties with various schools in St. Petersburg, especially his former high school, Lakewood High School. While playing in Dunedin, Fla., Bo hosted 50 current students and staff members from Lakewood High to a Toronto Blue Jays home game. Bo provided the group with backpacks full of Blue Jays gear and also joined the group for a pregame chat to discuss the importance of being a good teammate, working hard and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The students were left inspired to pursue their education and work hard after hearing motivating words from Bo who once walked the same halls as they do now.
For the second year in a row, Bo sponsored a baseball-focused camp for 500-plus children through PG Cares. Bo enjoys promoting the game of baseball to youth and was excited to be a part of a program that allowed him to help young athletes and inspire them to be the best they can be. This full day of camp included transportation to the venue for all campers, food from a local restaurant, a full day of baseball instruction and backpacks full of baseball-related items that would encourage kids to continue to enjoy the game.
With his ongoing support of youth baseball, Bo furthered his community involvement by sponsoring a kids baseball camp and back-to-school shoe giveaway to 300 kids enrolled in the various recreation centers in South St. Petersburg. With the help of many neighbors and friends and local businesses, and with the support of the City of St Pete, kids were introduced to baseball drills and concepts, provided with lunch and received a backpack full of a healthy after-camp snack and a pair of shoes for the upcoming school year.
Bo’s ongoing support for community initiatives and passion for giving back during a pandemic is unmatched. While he prefers the work to be done outside of the spotlight, his desire to make a difference in his community is unparalleled to anyone on the team. Bo has been the true representation of the Club’s values and has an unmatched commitment to giving back to fans no matter where our “home” is.