BOSTON, MA – The Red Sox Foundation’s 20 years of impact will be recognized and celebrated in pregame ceremonies at Fenway Park preceding the Red Sox-Cardinals game this Friday, June 17, and throughout the evening game broadcast on NESN, presented by the Biogen Foundation.
During the ceremony and throughout the broadcast, leaders from the Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation will be joined by representatives from the Foundation’s core programs and partners to highlight its work in the areas of health, education, and recreation. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by members representing each program, including former RBI player Tatiana Burcy, Red Sox Scholar Armany Peguero, Home Base program Veteran Master Sergeant John Mory, Dimock Center Nurse Practitioner Ketura’h Edwards-Robinson, and six-year-old Jimmy Fund patient Mia Lee.
During the June 17 game, Red Sox players will wear a 20th anniversary patch on the right sleeve of their uniforms, opposite the Jerry Remy patch that is being worn all season on the left sleeve.
Red Sox Foundation support opportunities will be shared throughout the game, with three different ways for fans to engage: the 50/50 Raffle for which tickets can be purchased at Fenway Park or by Massachusetts residents online at RedSox.com/5050; by purchasing official Red Sox Foundation-branded merchandise online at 47brand.com and at the Official Team Store at 19 Jersey Street; and through direct donations to the team charity online at redsoxfoundation.org.
For two decades, the Foundation has transformed and saved lives through invaluable partnerships, self-run programs, and direct and indirect support of charitable institutions resulting in a total investment of over $104 million in the New England community over the past 20 years.
Since its creation, the Foundation has awarded more than 5,000 grants to non-profit organizations; provided over 1,500 scholarships for students to pursue higher education, supported 325 Boston Public Schools students through the Red Sox Scholars program with thousands of hours of tutoring and mentoring; helped over 30,000 Veterans and their family members suffering from the invisible wounds of war; supported the services of over 20,000 Massachusetts residents annually at The Dimock Center; and offered thousands of coaches and youth baseball and softball players access to clinics, equipment, and organized games and practices. In addition to this work, the Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation have sustained a 69-year partnership with The Jimmy Fund and helped raise over $156 million for Dana Farber cancer treatment and research.
The Red Sox Foundation operates out of Fenway Park with 12 full time employees, a dedicated 50/50 Raffle sales team, the support of the Boston Red Sox, and thousands of volunteers.