Our youth are the future and we understand the importance of providing programs that deliver on their needs as well as a safe and fun extra-curricular activity. As participation across the nation in youth baseball and softball declines, the Red Sox Foundation continues to engage the inner-city youth in our area while facilitating high-quality, outcome-driven opportunities and focusing on our own community needs.
The goal of the Red Sox Foundation Rookie League is to introduce the sport of baseball to younger children, ages 5-12, in economically disadvantaged areas and promote good sportsmanship and respect for adults and peers. Like RBI, the Rookie program affords low-income, at-risk children in Boston’s inner-city the opportunity to be part of a safe and organized athletic program in which they learn life skills through the game of baseball. There are currently 6 different neighborhood Rookie Leagues. It is our goal to establish a Rookie league in every neighborhood in order to afford more youth the chance to play and introduce the basics of the game at an earlier age. By doing so, we may nurture them in a safe environment and build a ladder of success, allowing them to grow into our RBI program.
On January 25, 2015, Major League Baseball (MLB) welcomed its 10th Commissioner into office. Commissioner Manfred delivered a message to all fans which would directly impact youth baseball on a national level but even more so to the Red Sox Foundation: that baseball is the game of children and “making the game more accessible to those in underserved areas, especially in the urban areas where fields and infrastructure are harder to find” is crucial. His focus will put more emphasis and spotlight on youth baseball programs, namely Little League and RBI. Commissioner Manfred seeks to strengthen the bond between youth baseball and MLB, and his initiative will work to inspire children’s interest in baseball which will help parents and coaches foster that passion.
2017 Projected Leagues: Charlestown Rookie League, North End Rookie League, Roberto Clemente Rookie League (Roxbury), South Boston Rookie League, South End Rookie League, Yawkey Boys and Girls Club Rookie League
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In addition, the Red Sox Foundation’s “Wally’s Team” Little League Initiative expands on the important work we do with Boston’s inner city youth and the Rookie/RBI Baseball and Softball. Every season, the Red Sox Foundation sponsors 200 Little League teams in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, calling them “Wally’s Team” to emphasize the importance of character, discipline, teamwork, and physical fitness. For more information on our MA Little League initiative, click here.