In addition to White Sox Charities grant support, team members and front office staff volunteer their time and talents with various grant recipients. Below are a few examples of their support from the 2017 season.
Jose Abreu launched the Abreu's Amigos program in 2015 in partnership with Easter Seals. Easter Seals students come to the ballpark as guests of Jose's. While at the game they are given a curriculum to develop social skills in a recreational setting. The program was created as a way for Abreu to share his passion for supporting children with special needs.
Anderson's League of Leaders
Tim Anderson and his wife Bria established the Anderson's League of Leaders program in 2017 - a community outreach program in partnership with Youth Guidance. Youth Guidance specializes in school-based interventions dedicated to student engagement, personal achievement and violence prevention.
White Sox Manager Rick Renteria launched the Club 17 program in 2017, providing inner-city kids the opportunity to enjoy a Major League Baseball game. Kids had the opportunity to meet Renteria, watch batting practice and enjoy the game from VIP seats.
Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
White Sox wives cooked and served dinner to Chicago Children's Advocacy Center (CCAC) families throughout the season. Players and their families also donated household items to CCAC at the end of the season.
Lurie Children's Hospital
White Sox players Matt Davidson, Tyler Saladino and Yolmer Sanchez visited pediatric oncology patients at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital before that night's home game. They came armed with gifts for the patients and siblings.
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
White Sox players Nicky Delmonico, Danny Farquhar, Derek Holland and Mike Pelfrey kicked off Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month with a visit to Comer Children's Hospital. Players visited patients and handed out White Sox gold super hero capes and Love Your Melon beanies.
The White Sox also invited teenage oncology patients for a one-of-a-kind experience at the ballpark for two games this season. The teens watched batting practice from the field and enjoyed the game from a suite. The program was created to give teens the opportunity to enjoy a baseball game without having to worry about their diagnosis. They attended the game without their parents. Doctors and nurses served as chaperones for the game.
Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Ronald McDonald Houses
White Sox front office members and Volunteer Corps prepared meals at all five Ronald McDonald Houses in the Chicagoland area.
Working in the Schools (WITS)
WITS is a volunteer-powered program that promotes literacy and the love of learning in Chicago Public Schools. White Sox front office staff members volunteer with WITS at McClellan Elementary School in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood throughout the school year, reading with and, in many cases, tutoring students every Wednesday morning.