Craig Breslow started the Strike 3 Foundation, which heightens awareness, mobilizes support, and raises funding for childhood cancer research.
Clay Buchholz created the Clay Buchholz Foundation with his wife Lindsay in March 2013 to provide health, educational and sports opportunities to improve the lives of children in need. The Foundation's inaugural beneficiaries include Christopher's Haven and Pitching in for Kids, two New England area nonprofit organizations that provide resources and programs directly to children needing special assistance.
Jon Lester began NVRQT, a rally cry for the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation. It raises money and awareness, and voices support to kids in their battle against cancer and to the researchers who work endlessly towards a cure.
Mike Napoli's ticket program "The Bearded Bunch" brings patients from Boston Children's Hospital to watch batting practice, meet Mike, and attend a Red Sox game.
David Ortiz started the David Ortiz Children's Fund, which is dedicated to raising funds that enable children in the Dominican Republic and the Northeastern United States to have access to the pediatric critical care they need to live full, productive lives. Three times during the season, children from Massachusetts General Hospital for Children meet David and enjoy a game at Fenway Park as part of his Papi's Pals ticket program.
Jake Peavy founded the Jake Peavy Foundation which supports groundbreaking research, essential programs and activities to enrich lives and lift spirits of people facing life's biggest challenges. Jake has been actively involved in a variety of charitable causes throughout his career, supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Autism Speaks, Team Focus, and the Jimmy Fund, but the majority of his community outreach efforts support active military, veterans and military families. Jake's ticket program group allows children in need to attend games and meet with him.
Dustin Pedroia's "Pedroia's Platoon" ticket program will support military members, inviting them and their families to meet him during batting practice and watch a game at Fenway.
Through this special ticket program, Red Sox players and coaches donate tickets to highly deserving members of the community, such as teachers, military personnel, police officers, fire fighters, and community organizations. The program was started as an effort to recognize role models and to say thank you to all those in the community who make this world a better place to live.
Shane Victorino established the Shane Victorino Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting opportunities for underserved youth. The Foundation engages in projects which provide children in need with educational, recreational and wellness programs. His Flyin' Hawaiian All-Stars ticket program invites children to watch batting practice, meet with Shane, and take in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.
Red Sox player's wives play an important role in community outreach efforts with their commitment to many important causes. The wives actively support the Red Sox Foundation by volunteering and participating in events like the Run to Homebase and Fenway to the Runway. The Red Sox players and their wives make appearances at schools, youth groups and hospitals. Many of the players and their wives purchase game tickets and food vouchers for kids, or provide direct financial support for youth groups.