During a pre-game ceremony the Red Sox organization and players recognize an area Action Team who is dedicated to community service and volunteering. The members of the teams take a pledge to spread a positive message about the importance of community service and volunteering to youth throughout their area.
All MLB teams host ceremonies honoring veterans in their communities during games on July 4 weekend and September 11.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fun is a joint initiative with Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association to promote the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball. Each year the Red Sox host an Equipment Collection Day to collect fan donations of new and used equipment and cash donations for youth organizations in the community.
Annually players across Major League Baseball team up in support of prostate cancer research. At each home game on Father's Day, players, managers, coaches, trainers, umpires and groundskeepers promote awareness by wearing blue wristbands and blue ribbon decals on their uniforms. During select games throughout the season, every homerun hit helps raise money for prostate cancer awareness and research.
The Red Sox initiative to celebrate the life of Jackie Robinson was launched in 2003 after the ownership group led by John W. Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino purchased the club the previous year. This celebration was originally designed to teach children about the life, career, and character of the baseball pioneer on his birthday. Now each year on April 15th, the anniversary of Robinson's Major League debut, all Red Sox players and coaches wear #42 in honor of his life and his legacy.
Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs are partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to go to bat against breast cancer. At each home game on Mother's Day, players, managers, coaches, trainers, umpires and groundskeepers promote awareness by wearing pink wristbands and pink ribbon decals on their uniforms. Many Red Sox players also use pink bats in honor of the program.
Pitch, Hit & Run is a free skills competition that provides boys and girls, ages 7-14, the opportunity to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities at Fenway Park. Winners advance through the local, regional and national level for a chance to attend the All-Star Game and be recognized for their skills.
Play Sun Smart is a public education campaign aimed at fighting skin cancer. The American Academy of Dermatology, Major League Baseball and MLB Players Association have teamed up to create awareness about proper skin care and protection against the harmful UV rays, and to offer detection and prevention tips to players, team staff and fans.
Each MLB team recognizes a player who best represents the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their teams. The award, sponsored by MLB, is named for Roberto Clemente, a 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who died while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. This award perpetuates Clemente's legacy and character by recognizing current-day players who truly understand the value of helping others.
Each season the Boston Red Sox welcome children through the BLUE Crew Tickets program through Major League Baseball umpires. . This program allows children awaiting adoption and within youth mentoring programs to experience a Major League Baseball game in a very unique way. The children are invited to attend batting practice, meet with the umpire crew on-field before the game, and receive a baseball goodie bag.
The funds from Stand Up To Cancer are put towards accelerating groundbreaking cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives. Major League Baseball has joined with Stand Up To Cancer as part of a unique collaboration of celebrity to raise awareness and build broad public support.