HARTFORD, CT - The Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation, and Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced a new, Red Sox Foundation charity license plate program in Connecticut. The vanity plates will feature the Red Sox hanging socks logo and help fund a college scholarship program to be established by the Red Sox Foundation for Connecticut public high school students.
"We've invested hundreds of millions of dollars to improve public education in Connecticut, and I welcome the Red Sox Foundation to this effort," said Governor Malloy. "Strengthening our economy and making Connecticut competitive is our first priority - ensuring more students get to college is an important part of achieving those goals. I applaud the Red Sox Foundation for their work in our state."
The license plate was unveiled by the Red Sox and Governor Malloy at a press conference in Hartford attended by U.S. Senator Chris Murphy; Congressman Joe Courtney; Congressman John Larson; House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz; State Senator Rob Kane; Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Melody A. Currey; WTIC Sports Talk Host and University of Connecticut play-by-play announcer Joe D'Ambrosio; and Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy.
Proceeds from the sale of the license plates will help fund scholarships for Connecticut public school students. The scholarships will be awarded based on academic talent, financial need, and a commitment to community service. Information on how to apply for the scholarship and a list of eligible public schools will be announced at a later date.
"We look forward to helping Connecticut public school students with the proceeds from the Red Sox Foundation license plate sales," said Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy. "This is a great way for Connecticut Red Sox fans to show their support while helping further the college education aspirations of students in their community."
The charity license plates start at $115. Of that total, $65 will cover DMV production costs, and the other $50 will help fund the Red Sox Foundation's Connecticut Scholarship program. A total of 400 applications must be received before the DMV can begin production of the new plates.
Connecticut drivers interested in a Red Sox license plate can visit redsoxfoundation.org to complete the application form.
About the Red Sox Foundation
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation harnesses the power of Red Sox Nation to support select programs serving at-risk children and families across New England. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Red Sox Foundation raises funds through special events, corporate sponsorships, and grants. Founded and initially funded by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, Chairman Tom Werner, President/CEO Larry Lucchino and their partners, the Red Sox Foundation has won numerous awards for the impact of its innovative programs. In 2010, the Foundation's Red Sox Scholars program was recognized by Major League Baseball with the first-ever "MLB Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence." In 2009, the Red Sox Foundation was also honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project with the Patterson Award as the nation's "Best Team Charity in Sports." The Interim Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation is Gena Borson. For more information about the team charity, please visit www.redsoxfoundation.org.