BOSTON, MA - As part of a league-wide initiative between Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, the Boston Red Sox will host a baseball and softball equipment collection during the upcoming Red Sox-Tampa Bay series at Fenway Park.
From Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1, fans are invited to drop off new and used baseball and softball equipment outside all Fenway Park gates. Every fan who donates equipment will have the opportunity to win autographed memorabilia and other valuable prizes.
The equipment will benefit the Kids Gear for Baseball organization, a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization that distributes equipment to children in need. The organization has donated to more than 30 youth organizations, shelters, and missions over the last several years.
In conjunction with the equipment drive, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award a grant of $5,000 to Kids Gear for Baseball for the purchase of new equipment. In recognition of the grant, Cathy Bradley, Executive Director of the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, will present a ceremonial check to the Kids Gear for Baseball organization during a pre-game ceremony at Fenway Park on Thursday, June 12.
This marks the tenth season the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has teamed with Major League Baseball Clubs to hold an equipment collection. Last year, 31 organizations from Major League markets were awarded a Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant for the purchase of equipment or uniforms for youth baseball and softball leagues. To date, over 100,000 pieces of equipment and approximately $1,600,000 in total monetary donations have benefited organizations in need.