Long Live Baseball
In April of 2018, work relocated me to Boston from Phoenix, Arizona. I was thrilled. Having come here as a young dancer with Boston Ballet many years ago, I was obsessed with this town and over-the-moon ecstatic to finally call it home. Two weeks after getting settled in, Marathon Monday rolled around and -- as is obligatory -- I found myself a spot on Boylston and watched a whole lot of humans cheer, and run, and persevere, through a very cold and wet 26.2 miles. Something happened that day. I am not a runner.... so even though I was only watching, I finally understood what this day meant to this city and I think a small part of me knew then that for some reason I felt I needed to earn my keep in this city by running that 26.2, even though, again I say, I am not and never have been a runner.
I've been so blessed to follow a lifelong dream and have spent the past year and a half calling Boston home. From day one, this city has welcomed me; it has a warm and charming soul of its own and I cherish every day I get to walk its brick-lined streets. In the time I've spent here, I've seen firsthand what baseball means to Boston, and more specifically, the impact the Red Sox Foundation has in bringing the game to the city. Raising funds for the Red Sox Foundation is incredibly important to me. Growing up following Big Brother Timmy around from baseball tournament to tournament, I was a lucky little girl with a huge baseball family. I've continued to grow that family through work and life's adventures and am so blessed to have a circle of relatives and friends who, in the rush of every day life, appreciate the ability to slow down, watch a ballgame, and measure time by strikes, balls, and outs every so often. The Red Sox Foundation makes it their mission to afford everyone the luxury of having a baseball family-- from kids who may not have the opportunity financially to those who may be stuck in a hospital, unable to participate. Through programs like RBI Youth Baseball and Softball Program, the Red Sox Scholars Program, and the Home Base partnership with Mass General Hospital, the Red Sox Foundation does its best for Boston to make sure a baseball diamond feels like home to every child, aspiring scholar, and veteran, just like it does for me, and maybe even did for you at one time or another.
Exploring this city on long runs, I've seen how many places RSF has made itself known to be a positive force for the City of Boston and I am so honored to be a part of this fundraising team. I am thrilled to give back to this city and a game I adore so much. Finally I say, I am not a runner, but for the Red Sox Foundation, I'm becoming one, and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made.
RSF's mission is to make a difference in the lives of children, families, veterans, and our communities in need by improving their health, education, and recreational opportunities.
Their main efforts are on their primary areas of focus, which include:
Dimock Center Jimmy Fund Little League New England Service Scholarship Programs Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program Red Sox Foundation RBI Youth Baseball and Softball Program Red Sox Scholars Program