Members of Red Sox Kid Nation get plenty of perks, including access to Fenway Park's Green Monster during batting practice and the opportunity to buy discounted game tickets. But thanks to Boston relief pitcher Craig Breslow, the young fans are also getting the chance to help give back.
Breslow founded his Strike 3 Foundation in 2008 to increase awareness, mobilize support and raise money for childhood cancer research. The foundation's current focus is on the "Play it Forward" initiative, which asks children to help peers in need through creativity and originality.
That's where Kid Nation members come into play.
In late January, they were invited to Fenway Park to join Kelly Breslow, Craig's wife and the foundation's director, for a brainstorming session designed to generate new ideas for how to help. The energetic discussion resulted in members submitting their written ideas to the foundation for consideration, and many of the children are now looking to follow through.
But Kid Nation's involvement with Strike 3 and "Play it Forward" does not stop there, as they are asking all kids to participate in the initiative. All ideas are welcome, whether they aim to raise money -- or simply awareness -- for children battling cancer.
Ideas can be submitted by visiting Strike3Foundation.org and checking out the "Play in Forward" program. More information about Red Sox Kid Nation can be found here.
Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB.