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Throughout Jerry Reinsdorf’s 40-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 and outreach to Chicago’s underserved communities and driving business to diverse partners to celebrating and empowering minorities on the field and in the front office, the club passionately and proudly promotes equality, fosters positive social change and fights against racism in all its forms.

Given this longstanding commitment, the White Sox vow to continue to listen, learn and grow.

Take Action

The White Sox remain steadfast in our commitment to support positive and meaningful change in our community. Below please find a resource guide to help you engage on your journey to create change.


Diversity + Inclusion

From Comiskey Park serving as the home of the historic East-West Negro League All-Star Game from 1933-60, 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 celebrating diversity on the baseball diamond.

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.

Among some of the many honors and awards presented to Jerry Reinsdorf and the White Sox for the organization’s commitment to diversity:

  • 2007 - Honored at the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dinner and celebration for longstanding support
  • 2011 – Jefferson Award, the “Nobel Prize for Public Service”
  • 2011 – Barnes and Thornburg Jackie Robinson Award for diversity in the workplace
  • 2011 – MLB Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence for club’s Volunteer Corps
  • 2012 – Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in sports philanthropy
  • 2015 – John “Buck” O’Neil Legacy Award for outstanding support of the Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 2017 – Finalist, ESPN Sports Humanitarian Team of the Year
  • 2018 – MLB Club Appreciation Award for contributions to Diverse Business Partners program

Diversity on the Field

ACE by the Numbers

The White Sox organization's ACE youth baseball program has helped send more than 200 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 supplier's spend.

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

Other

Advocating for 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


Community Partners

The White Sox have teamed up with the following partners who are committed to supporting our under-resourced communities, and the club encourages everyone to learn more about them and their efforts. With a donation to Chicago White Sox Charities, you can support the work of these non-profits and their important work.

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