Behind all the glitz and glamour of the “From Fenway to the Runway Event”, stands a hearty and passionate charity that has become the philanthropic pulse of the Boston Red Sox – and its official charity. The Red Sox Foundation harnesses the passion of Red Sox Nation to make a difference in the lives of children, veterans, families and communities in need throughout New England by improving their health, educational and recreational opportunities.
Immediately after taking ownership, John Henry and his partners also founded — and funded — the Red Sox Foundation, which has become the largest and one of the fastest-growing team charities in Major League Baseball. Though a relative newcomer to the New England philanthropic community, it has won numerous awards for its imaginative outreach and impact, including the 2009 national “Best Sports Charity” award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project.
Through ongoing fundraising efforts, the Foundation awards millions of dollars a year through various initiatives, grants, and scholarships, including the Red Sox Scholars program – a college scholarship and enrichment program that benefits Boston Public School students.