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 have generously supported the foundation and additional funds have been provided by sponsors, fans and through special fundraising events held in association with the Red Sox players and their wives. As a result, the Red Sox Foundation has become the largest professional sports charity in all of professional sports.
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 our Cornerstone programs, which include:
- The Jimmy Fund
- Dimock Community Health Center
- Red Sox Scholars
- Youth baseball programs, including RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and Red Sox Rookie Leagues
- The Red Sox Foundation and MGH Home Base Program
The relationship between the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox is over 54 years old, and represents 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, Larry Lucchino, President Sam Kennedy and the team’s generous partners, the Red Sox Foundation has donated and helped raise over $10 million for the Jimmy Fund. In addition, the Red Sox are key sponsors of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Telethon which has raised millions. 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.
Faced with budget cutbacks, Dimock was poised to close its Teen Center. However, after John Henry toured the facility and saw the life-changing work that occurred at Dimock, the Red Sox Foundation made a donation which, according to its director, “saved” the Teen Center.
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 8th graders in Boston Public Schools with college scholarships of $10,000 each plus accrued interest. 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.
Youth Recreational Programs
- 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. 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. These include: The Webster House in Manchester, New Hampshire; The Wheelock Institute in Plainville, Connecticut; St Mary’s Home for Children in North Providence, Rhode Island; The Allenbrook Home outside of Burlington, Vermont; Good Will Hinckley in Hinckley, Maine and the Home for Little Wanderers in Boston.
In late 2009, the Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, and Massachusetts General Hospital joined forces to create the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, a philanthropic partnership designed to help local veterans, who were deployed in support of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and live with combat or deployment-related stress and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI), and their families.