BOSTON -- The Red Sox and outfielder Cody Ross are teaming up to celebrate children in June, designating it "Calling All Kids" month.
Ross and the organization announced the initiative on Thursday.
"My 5-year-old son loves to come to Fenway Park every day," said Ross, who has two young children. "I realize that not every child has that same opportunity, so we want to extend experiences to as many kids as possible. As players, we want all of our young fans to know how much we appreciate their energy and excitement. With the school year ending and summer vacation beginning, we can welcome them throughout this month and beyond."
Little Leaguers, RBI participants and baseball camp kids from around New England will be selected to take the field with the Red Sox before each game in June.
Some will also be selected to join Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar to present the lineup card, and a child will have a chance to be the guest DJ in the scoreboard control room during Red Sox batting practice.
Children who are unable to attend a game at Fenway Park in June can still participate by submitting an essay or piece of artwork to the Red Sox Essay Contest and Art Competition. Ross and Darnell McDonald will be among the judges who will choose the winners. The winners of the two competitions will get to meet a Red Sox player and say "Play Ball" before a game at Fenway Park. Their artwork or essay will also be on display at Fenway Park this season.
Essays and artwork should be submitted to: Fenway Park Essay and Art Contest, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, Mass., 02215.