Throughout Jerry Reinsdorf’s 42-year ownership tenure, the Chicago White Sox have taken a leadership role within Major League Baseball and across all sports in the arena of diversity and inclusion.

From philanthropy efforts across Chicagoland and an ongoing commitment to partner with diverse businesses, to work celebrating and empowering underserved community groups on the field and in the front office, the club passionately and proudly promotes equality, fosters positive social change and stands against racism in all its forms.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion + Community Resources

Diversity, Equity + Inclusion

From serving as the home of the historic East-West Negro League All-Star Game from 1933-60 at Old Comiskey Park, to employing one of MLB's first female scouts (Bessie Largent from 1925-43), to becoming the first MLB team to hire an African American general manager (Ken Williams) and manager (Jerry Manuel), the White Sox have a long history of supporting diversity on and off the field.

A diversity of views and opinions only makes our team and community stronger. The White Sox are passionate about creating a culture that promotes and values diversity and inclusion. Take a look through the growing legacy of White Sox moments of diversity on the field.

Included below is a list of the many honors and awards presented to Jerry Reinsdorf and the White Sox for the organization’s commitment to diversity:


Diversity on the Field

ACE By the Numbers

The White Sox organization's ACE youth baseball program has helped send more than 250 players from some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods to college, including an NCAA National Champion and two first-round draft picks.

Diversity in Business

Diverse Business Partner Program
Reinsdorf, who long served on MLB's equal opportunity committee, was instrumental in the creation of baseball's $2 billion Diverse Business Partners program in 1998. The White Sox feature one of baseball's best Supplier Diversity Utlization Rates, an organization's supplier diversity spend percentage compared to the total suppliers' spend.

The White Sox are proud to support our Diverse Business Partners:

Inspiring Social Change

Empowering Communities

Chicago White Sox Charities annually aids hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans through its many donations and charity outreach to agencies across the community. Other impactful empowerment examples include:

Fostering Inclusive Spaces

Standing Against Racism

Community Partners

The White Sox have teamed up with community partners who are committed to supporting the under-resourced communities of Chicago. The following is a list of partners we recommend learning more about their efforts. With a donation to Chicago White Sox Charities, you can support the work of these non-profits and their important work.

Advocate Children's Hospital
Cal's Angels
Chicago Jesuit Academy
Gilda's Club Chicago
Lead with Love
Primo Center
Strengthening Our Comunity Alliance