Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) will host its 19th Annual “Field of Dreams” softball tournament and fundraiser at Boston’s  Fenway Park, next Tuesday, June 28.

This family-fun filled day for the sports enthusiast at heart will feature appearances from former New England Patriots Super Bowl XXXI starter and offensive tackle, Max Lane; television analyst and former Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine; and Boston Globe sports columnist emeritus Bob Ryan.

Looking to strike out their opponents and hit home runs over the Green Monster, 16 corporate teams will play ball in a six-innings-per-game tournament running from 7:00 am to 7:40 pm.

As sponsors take the field with their designated coaches, managers, and 22 fielded players, they will live the dream of being a Red Sox player aiming to hit, run, and score! When they’re not covering bases and swing homeruns, players will hang out in the official Fenway Park dugouts! Family and friends also take part in America’s favorite pastime – rooting in the stands, enjoying Fenway Franks, ballpark snacks, and cold drinks while being entertained by the antics of Red Sox mascots Wally the Green Monster & Tessie.

Other off-field activities include Jumbotron moments, face-painting, t-shirt making, raffles, baseball-card pictures, photo booth fun, and more.

Due to the generosity of the Boston Red Sox, longtime event co-chairs John Sasso, and Lew Eisenberg, and the many wonderful sponsors and benefactors, ABCD’s “Field of Dreams” has raised over $4 million dollars to benefit ABCD’s SummerWorks program.

SummerWorks offers job opportunities to Boston neighborhood youth aspiring towards a career, community pride, and a sense of responsibility. After 50 years since its start, ABCD’s SummerWorks program continues to provide work experience to the young people of Boston. The program offers mentoring, financial literacy and career development opportunities that put these at-risk teens on a path to success.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, teens that work in summer jobs are more likely to find a job the following year; Teenagers who work in high school are less likely to drop out. This year ABCD will push to raise $400,000 at “Field of Dreams” with hundreds in attendance.

ABCD expects to again provide employment for more than 1,200 low-income inner city teens this year, and is thankful for the Field of Dreams event.

Be sure to follow Dirty Water Media for coverage of the event!

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Alex Guarino is a senior at the University of South Carolina where she studies Broadcast Journalism and Spanish. She is pursuing a career in multimedia and broadcasting and is always looking for the next big story in Boston news, events, nightlife, and sports. As a Boston native, you can find her cheering on the New England Patriots or spending time in the North End. Alex loves traveling, Tom Brady, and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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