MLB Initiatives

Action Teams

The Red Sox recognize an area Action Team who is dedicated to community service and volunteering. The members of the teams take a pledge to spread positive message about the importance of community service and volunteering to youth throughout their area. The group receives tickets and the opportunity to watch batting practice.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative with Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association to promote the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball. Each year the Red Sox host an equipment collection with Kids Gear for Baseball to collect donations of new and used equipment for youth organizations in the community.
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Childhood Cancer Awareness

On a select day in September the Red Sox host Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. All players, coaches and umpires wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands. The Red Sox partner with G1ve A Buck Fund and host children who are battling pediatric cancer and their families.

Father's Day - Prostate Cancer Foundation

Annually players across Major League Baseball team up to support prostate cancer research. Throughout Father's Day weekend players, managers, coaches, trainers and umpires promote awareness by wearing blue. During the Home Run Challenge, the Prostate Cancer Foundation invites MLB fans to pledge a donation for every home run hit from June 1 through Father's Day.

Jackie Robinson Day

In 2003, the Red Sox launched an initiative to celebrate the life of Jackie Robinson. The celebration was designed to teach children about the life, career and character of the baseball pioneer on his birthday. In addition on April 15th, the anniversary of Jackie's major league debut, all Red Sox players and coaches wear #42 in honor of his life and legacy.

Mother's Day - Susan G. Komen

Throughout the Mother's Day weekend players, managers, coaches, trainers and umpires promote breast cancer awareness by wearing pink. The Red Sox also participate in the Honorary Bat Girl Contest. The contest recognizes fans that have been affected by breast cancer and have demonstrated a commitment to battling the disease. This past season, the Red Sox expanded their efforts and partnership with Susan G. Komen by hosted breast cancer survivors to a breakfast prior to the Mother's Day game. The attendees were then honored on the field during the pre-game ceremony.

Pitch, Hit & Run

Pitch, Hit & Run is a free skills competition that provides boys and girls, ages 7-14, the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities at Fenway Park. Winners advance through the local, sectionals, team championships and the national finals during MLB All-Star Week.
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Roberto Clemente Award

Each MLB team recognizes a player who best represents the game of baseballs through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their teams. The award is named for Roberto Clemente, a 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who died while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. This award perpetuates Clemente's legacy and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The Red Sox have had two winners, Tim Wakefield in 2010 and David Ortiz in 2011.

UMPS Care Charities

Each season the Red Sox welcome children through the Blue Crew ticket program through Major League Baseball umpires. The program allows children awaiting adoption and at-risk youth to experience a game in a unique way. The children are invited to meet with the umpire crew before the game and receive a baseball goodie bag.