“The Red Sox have been involved in my life since I was 12 years old.
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, I didn’t become interested in the Red Sox until I received the Red Sox Scholarship as a 5th grader, which thereafter introduced me to the wonderful Red Sox Foundation staff, excitement of the games at Fenway park, and contagious Boston pride. I was probably too young at the time to understand what an amazing opportunity I was given. I wasn’t thinking about scholarships or college in 5th grade, and didn’t even understand baseball back then(still don’t understand everything now). Over the years, as I was invited to home games, picnics in the park, and other gatherings, I was exposed to the generous, communal spirit of the Red Sox Foundation that has made them feel like family to me. They’ve always been a resource and supportive influence academically and beyond that when I needed.
My first game at Fenway was in 2007-the Sox were playing against the Colorado Rockies. My fellow scholars and I were presented on the field during the pregame ceremony. It was an exhilarating experience! To look up at the crowded stands, hear the anticipating roars of the fans, and see myself on the big screen was awe-inspiring. Then it got even better- each new scholar was paired with a team member to be escorted out onto the field. I still remember smiling up at Coco Crisp as we were walking in unison, recognizing my name being announced over the speaker. I’ll admit I felt pretty cool shaking hands with all of the players who congratulated me. Fair to say that my first game experience was memorable.
I realized that the Red Sox team and Foundation intentionally wanted to make us each feel special. They cared about their work, the greater purpose, the under-served kids. That’s why I’m very proud to call myself a Red Sox Scholar. I’m so grateful and honored for my experience with the Red Sox-a team that inspires furtherance, altruism, and prominence.”