Before taking the field for Tuesday night's game against the Padres, Dustin Pedroia paid a visit to the Jimmy Fund clinic to meet with patients. Meanwhile, Jon Lester was meeting up with patients from Boston Children's Hospital. And just a day earlier, a couple of their former teammates, Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek, were playing in the annual Pitching in for Kids Golf Tournament, which raises money to improve the lives of children throughout New England.
And that's just the beginning of what will be a busy month off the field for the Red Sox.
Throughout July the organization will be "Celebrating Service" in a variety of ways, including by getting out into the community themselves, and by honoring service providers with recognition and financial contributions at every home game.
Perhaps coolest among the moments will come Thursday, when the club joins “Operation Rolling Thunder” to paint a seat black at Fenway Park and dedicate it to the memory of Prisoners of War and to those Missing In Action, while throughout the month the team will honor citizens who have dedicated their careers to public service, and continue with its in-game "Hats off to Heroes" presentations.
Players' wives and front office members will also be participating in a host of activities that is, according to a press release, scheduled to include:
Victorino’s Flyin’ Hawaiian All-Stars – Shane Victorino will host 25 kids from the Best Buddies and Boy Scouts programs at Fenway Park for the game against the San Diego Padres. The children will have an opportunity to watch batting practice from the field and meet with Victorino before the game.
The Pine Street Inn – Red Sox staff members will be preparing and serving lunch to homeless men and women at the Pine Street Inn, an organization that provides permanent supportive housing, job training and placement, and emergency shelter and street outreach.
The Dimock Center – Members of the Red Sox front office will volunteer at the Dimock Center to paint a mural. The Dimock Center delivers comprehensive health and human services to an urban community that might not otherwise benefit from the care, and is one of the foundation’s cornerstone programs.
Buchholz Bowl – Clay Buchholz will host the Buchholz Bowl at Jillian's Lucky Strike Lanes. The event, organized by the foundation that Clay created, supports community-based programs for children who are seriously ill, disabled, and underprivileged.
Red Sox Foundation/Covidien Community Service Project – A team of volunteers from the Red Sox Foundation, in partnership with Covidien and YouthBuild Boston, will volunteer at the Cooper Community Garden and Education Center in Roxbury. The volunteers, including Red Sox personnel, will create composting bins, construct picnic tables and planter benches, and landscape the gardens at the center.
Baseball Day at Children’s Museum – A Red Sox player will participate in Baseball Day at the Children’s Museum, where children have an opportunity to take photos with Wally the Green Monster and the 2004 and 2007 World Series trophies, play games, dress up in baseball gear, and check out equipment from the past and present.
Papi’s Pals – David Ortiz will host and meet with children from Massachusetts General Hospital at the game against Tampa Bay. In addition to meeting the Red Sox star and watching the game, the kids will have a chance to watch batting practice from the field.
Lindos Sueños – Lindos Sueños, presented by JetBlue, will take place from July 23 through August 1. The program, created by the Red Sox in 2004, is now in its 10th year and sends American teens to the Dominican Republic to play baseball each afternoon with Dominican teens and to engage in community service together every morning. The service work will focus on rebuilding homes in an impoverished Dominican village. This year, Pedro Martinez, along with children from his foundation in the Dominican Republic, will participate.
Room to Grow – Red Sox Wives will participate in a sorting project at Room to Grow, an organization that enriches the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development
Camp Harbor View – Red Sox players will visit with kids attending Camp Harbor View, a summer camp for Boston's neighborhood children.
Funds for Food Drive – Red Sox Wives will host a two-day Funds for Food Drive at Fenway Park on July 24 and July 25. The drive benefits the Greater Boston Food Bank in their fight against hunger.
Sox Talk – Red Sox players and coaches will give instructional tips at Moakley Park in South Boston to a group of children attending inner city camps and youth programs.
Covidien Double Play Health and Fitness Workshop – children from non-profit groups will learn the benefits of exercise and healthy eating choices during a workshop at Fenway Park. The event also includes advice from dieticians, chefs, trainers, and Red Sox players.
NVRQT Night at the House of Blues – Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester will host the second annual NVRQT fundraiser at the House of Blues. NVRQT is the voice to support kids in their battle against cancer and inspire researchers working towards a cure. The program raises money and awareness for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF).
Make-a-Wish Foundation – David Ortiz will meet with a child, thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, before the game against Seattle. Make-a-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Sox Talk – Red Sox players and coaches will give instructional tips at Billings Fields in West Roxbury to a group of children attending inner city camps and youth programs.
Habitat for Humanity – Red Sox alumni and front office members will take part in a Habitat for Humanity Build Day in Worcester.
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