The Red Sox Foundation is the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox. Our primary focus is in serving the health, education, recreation, and social service needs of children and families in need across New England. Our goal is to harness the passion our fans have for the Red Sox and transform into a vehicle for positive change in our community.
A registered 501(c)3 charity, the Foundation was founded in 2002, immediately after the group led by Principal Owner John Henry and Chairman Tom Werner bought the Red Sox. They and their partners made generous commitments, more than $18 million over 10 years, making the Red Sox Foundation the largest professional sports charity in New England and one of the largest in Major League Baseball.
As the funding source for the team's philanthropy, The Red Sox Foundation supports a wide variety of nonprofits and runs several of our own programs. A substantial portion of our efforts are focused on 4 Cornerstone programs, which include:
The relationship between the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox is over 60 years old, and represents the one of the most remarkable partnerships between a team and a charity in the history of sports.
Under the ownership of Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President CEO Larry Lucchino and the team's generous 22 partners, The Red Sox Foundation has donated or helped raise over $10 million for the Jimmy Fund in the past 4 years alone. For the past three years, the Red Sox Foundation has been a title sponsor of the Pan Mass Challenge, the cross-the-state bicycle ride that annually raises half of the Jimmy Fund. In addition, the Red Sox are key sponsors of the WEEI /NESN Jimmy Fund Telethon which has raised millions for this. Throughout the year, Red Sox players and staff also continue the team's long held tradition of visiting the patients at the Jimmy Fund.
In 2004, the Red Sox Foundation established a partnership with the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury to support this extraordinary non-profit's efforts to open the doors of opportunity to some of the children in Boston's most disadvantaged urban settings.
In 2003, the club established its educational cornerstone, a new program called the Red Sox Scholars. Each year, the Red Sox Foundation provides 10 academically talented but economically disadvantaged 7th graders in Boston public school with college scholarships of $10,000. The scholarships, which are held in their name and will be paid directly to the college of their choice, are conditional upon the students maintaining their academic standing and good citizenship.
The Boston Red Sox and the Red Sox Foundation recognize the positive impact that athletics can have on the health and development of children. To that end, the third cornerstone program of the Foundation funds four youth recreational programs that teach the lessons of life, leadership, and teamwork through sport.
Red Sox Rookie League introduces baseball to young children, aged 5-12. Now celebrating its 15th year, the Rookie League program serves children from Chelsea, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hill House, North End, Mission Hill, Roxbury, South End, and South Boston.
RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) is an initiative started by Major League Baseball that brings baseball to children from economically disadvantaged areas, aged 13-18. Led by Jose Ruiz, RBI promotes positive conflict resolution, resistance to drugs and alcohol, and school retention along with programs that seek to raise self-esteem on and off the field. The Red Sox Foundation furnishes teams with equipment and uniforms and helps pay for umpire fees.
In addition to the above programs, The Red Sox Foundation also focuses on children who live in New England's group homes, or what were once known as orphanages.
This outreach, made at the suggestion of Principal Owner John Henry, brings attention, warmth, and financial help to children in need of all three. Usually taken by their parents because of abuse or neglect, the children now live in state-licensed facilities.
Henry, Werner, Lucchino, the team's players, coaches, alumni, and front office staff have visited and welcomed children from six group homes to games here at Fenway Park. These include: The Webster House in Manchester, New Hampshire; The Wheelock Institute in Plainville, Connecticut; St. Mary's Home, North Providence, Rhode Island; The Allenbrook Home outside of Burlington, Vermont; Good Will Home Association in Hinkley, Maine and the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston.
Each year on days celebrating the individual New England states, the Red Sox invite kids living at each group home to Fenway Park, where they are treated to a private lunch, a ballpark tour, and visits with players and Wally the Green Monster. Before the game, the children are honored in a special on field ceremony.
The Red Sox Foundation also is a leading sponsor of Teddy Ebersol's Red Sox Fields, a new youth baseball/softball and soccer recreation area at Lederman Park along the Charles River in Boston. This extraordinary project is the result of a public- private partnership with the State of Massachusetts and three terrific nonprofits -- Hill House, The Esplanade Association and The Red Sox Foundation. Created in honor of a devoted young Red Sox fan who died at the age of 14, the project was completed in 2006 and provides a fabulous new free recreation area for families and children for generations to come.
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The Foundation also supports hundreds of other nonprofits and charities throughout New England.