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Music and Baseball Heat Up Hardball Off Season at 2018 Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit Concert

Performances by Music and Baseball Stars Support Theo and Paul Epstein’s
Foundation To Be Named Later; Tickets on Sale Now

BOSTON, MA – Hot Stove Cool Music returns to the Paradise Rock Club February 3 as Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, co-founder of Foundation To Be Named Later Paul Epstein and Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons bring music and baseball heavy hitters together for the annual concert to benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) and the Red Sox Foundation. The weekend will kick off on February 2, with the Business of Baseball Champions Lunch, a roundtable discussion featuring a panel of baseball luminaries.

Presented by Ipswitch, the Hot Stove, Cool Music concert features performances by a wide variety of notable Boston and Chicago musicians including Boston Music Award winning Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies, Some Girls, The Lemonheads and Minor Alps), Bronson Arroyo (member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Championship team), Band of Their Own featuring Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo) and members of Belly and the Blake Bellies, and the Boston and Chicago Hot Stove All Stars with a special youth performance by Zumix.

Peter Gammons and the Boston Hot Stove All Stars featuring Latin Grammy Nominated jazz musician Bernie Williams (former New York Yankee) and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and the Chicago Hot Stove All Stars will take the stage with ensemble performances. Actor Joel Murray (Mad Men, Shrink) and MLB Network Studio Host Greg Amsinger will emcee the event. Additional special guest performances will be announced at a later date.

General admission tickets are on-sale on now for $50.00 at Ticketmaster.com. A limited number of passes to the pre-concert VIP party will also be available starting next week.

“We are so humbled by the amazing group of musicians and athletes who join together to ensure that Hot Stove Cool Music is one of the premier entertainment events of the off-season in Boston,” said Gammons. “We are grateful for the support of the performers, sponsors and fans who make Hot Stove Cool Music happen year after year, allowing us to give back to youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout Boston.”

In addition to the all-star music lineup, the evening will include performances by TBA several special guests, as well as live and silent auctions featuring signed sports memorabilia and priceless entertainment experiences.

“We are looking forward to another great night of baseball, music and giving back,” said FTBNL Co-Founder Paul Epstein. “These events serve as the backbone of the foundation’s fundraising efforts and we’re grateful that once again we have such an incredible line-up of artists and athletes who are willing to invest so much of their time effort and energy to provide opportunities for students in Boston and Chicago.”

Hot Stove Cool Music is presented by Ipswitch and sponsored by a&g, Andrew Family Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, MA, Biogen, Boston Business Journal, Comcast Business, CVS, Durant Family Foundation, Eaton Vance, Element, Elevate, Greenberg Traurig, Engie, Harpoon Brewery, Hotel Commonwealth, Improper Bostonian, Ipswitch, Jam Spot, JNG Consulting, KPMG, Mintz Levin, Paradise Rock Club, Rasky Partners, Suffolk Construction, Walmart, Tesconi Family Foundation and The Boston Foundation.

About Hot Stove Cool Music
Hot Stove Cool Music is a biannual charity concert and musical variety show held in Boston in the winter and in Chicago in the summer months, making its debut in Chicago in summer 2012. The event was created in December of 2000 by Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. Over the past 17 years, Hot Stove Cool Music has become a staple on Boston’s entertainment calendar and has raised more than $9 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later.  Headliners who donate their time and talent include, Eddie Vedder, James Taylor, Cheap Trick, Tom Morello, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Smashing Pumpkins, Dropkick Murphys and more.

About Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
FTBNL was launched in 2005 by brothers Paul Epstein to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies, working on the front lines, serving youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston & Chicago. FTBNL invests in programs that teach leadership, education and healthy development of families. Since inception, FTBNL has raised over $9 million and donated grants, scholarships, and in-kind donations to 301 non-profit organizations, 71 Peter Gammons College Scholars and has sent approximately 6,500 children to Cubs and Red Sox games. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent 71 young people with high financial needs and high educational potential to the college of their choice. For more information on visit www.foundationtobenamedlater.org.

Media Contact
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate
617-895-7905, keith@elevatecom.com

City of Boston, Highland Street Foundation Join Red Sox to Bring Red Sox Baseball to Boston Common This Summer

“Out Of the Park” Event to Screen Red Sox-Yankees Game on August 12

Boston, MA – The City of Boston, Highland Street Foundation, and the Boston Red Sox today announced that the fourth annual “Out of the Park” will take place on Saturday, August 12, on the Boston Common. “Out of the Park” is a free, family-oriented event that brings the Fenway Park experience out to the community.

“Out of the Park” will feature a live viewing of the 4:05 p.m. August 12 Red Sox-Yankees game at Yankee Stadium.  The New England Sports Network (NESN) broadcast will be shown on a 15-foot video screen with cut-ins by a live game announcer. “Out of the Park” includes free food, provided courtesy of Red Sox partners Aramark, Cavendish Farms, Savenor’s Butcher & Market, Poland Spring, Frito Lay, Kayem Foods, Del’s Frozen Lemonade, and King’s Hawaiian.

“Out of the Park is a great way to bring the excitement of Fenway Park to another one of our City’s treasured destinations, the Boston Common,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “This family-friendly event will offer residents and visitors a unique opportunity to celebrate the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Park during a day of fun and activities outside of Yawkey Way.”

“Out of the Park” will begin at 2:30 p.m. with the Red Sox Mobile Showcase bringing a batting cage, virtual reality station, pitching accuracy, and other games for families to enjoy. The events will also include many of the signature elements and amenities that can be found in and around Fenway Park and Yawkey Way during home games, such as caricaturists, balloon artists, and face painters. Red Sox Mascot Wally the Green Monster, his sister Tessie, along with a live DJ will be present throughout the day. Attendees will also have a chance to take rides on the carousel with free vouchers and participate in giveaways.

“It is our hope that anyone who has a love of baseball or simply a desire to feel part of a larger community can join us,” said Blake Jordan, Executive Director, Highland Street Foundation.  “Out of the Park is about engaging individuals, children and families in an afternoon of fun while rooting on our hometown team.”

The concept for “Out of the Park,” which is supported by Boston Parks & Recreation, was created in 2014 from a shared focus on community building between the City, Highland Street Foundation, and the Red Sox. The free event is part of the club’s “Calling All Kids” initiative, an ongoing effort to connect baseball to the next generation of fans.

“We are grateful to Mayor Walsh, the City of Boston, and Highland Street Foundation for allowing us to bring the Fenway Park experience out to Boston’s central public park,” said Red Sox President Sam Kennedy. “This event is a great way to bring Red Sox baseball to life in our community while the team is on the road and provide those who can’t make it to Fenway Park this summer with a taste of the sights and sounds of our historic ballpark.” 

 

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Added to ‘Hot Stove, Cool Music – Red Sox-Cubs Edition’ Line-up

Red Sox Foundation, Foundation To Be Named Later Team Up
to 
Support Chicago and Boston Youth for a Weekend Celebrating music,
baseball and giving back 
Presented By Think Energy!

Boston, MA – Pearl Jam front-man Eddie Vedder has been added to the line-up of Boston and Chicago musicians who will take the stage at a special edition of the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on Saturday, April 29th.  Vedder will join Baseball Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and current Red Sox and Cubs players in a special musical performance at the Boston version of the annual fundraising series, which benefits Boston and Chicago youth and families.

The Hot Stove, Cool Music – Red Sox/Cubs Edition concert will feature musical performances by three ensemble bands – the Boston Hot Stove All Stars, Band of Their Own, and the Chicago Hot Stove All Stars. A full list of participating musicians can be found at ftbnl.org.  Award-winning actor, writer, and comedian Mike O’Malley will serve as emcee and lead a special game show showdown between Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs players.

A limited amount of VIP ticket packages are on sale now at www.redsox.com/champions or www.ftbnl.org. VIP ticket packages ($1,200 each) include: Two (2) VIP tickets for the Hot Stove, Cool Music Red Sox / Cubs Edition VIP party & concert; which features complimentary beer and wine, delicious gourmet food prepared by some of Boston’s most accomplished chefs and special appearances by the musical line-up and current and former Red Sox & Cubs players; and the concert starring Eddie Vedder and Red Sox & Cubs players.  VIP Ticket buyers will have the rare opportunity to have a photo taken with both the Red Sox and Cubs’ “curse-breaking” 2004 and 2016 World Series trophies together.   There are also a limited number of General Admission tickets available for ($65. each) on www.ftbnl.org.

Hot Stove Cool Music, Red Sox-Cubs Edition is part of “Baseball Champions for Charity Weekend presented by Think Energy,” a special partnership between the Red Sox Foundation, the Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL), and Cubs Charities, which includes a series of charitable fundraising events that will take place on April 28 and 29 during the Red Sox-Cubs series at Fenway Park to raise funds for the three non-profits.  Red Sox vs. Cubs are rivals on the field and for the first time, come together in the community to make a difference.

In addition to the concert, the weekend’s activities will include a VIP reception and luncheon on Friday, April 28, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel featuring a panel of baseball luminaries Including Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, Red Sox/Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster and New York Yankees legend Bernie Williams discussing what it takes to build a championship team.  MLB Network analyst Peter Gammons with NESN, Tom Caron will moderate the panel. Tickets ($325 each includes the reception, panel and lunch) and sponsorships are available at www.redsox.com/champions or www.ftbnl.org.

This marks the third consecutive Hot Stove, Cool Music performance by Vedder, a Chicago-Area Native, and die-hard Cubs fan. The iconic singer-songwriter joined the Hot Stove roster at the 2015 and 2016 Hot Stove, Cool Music – Chicago concerts at Club Metro in Wriglyville, electrifying the capacity crowds while helping to raise more than $750,000 to support longtime friend Theo Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later.

Hot Stove Cool Music Red Sox-Cubs Edition is presented by Think Energy and sponsored by a&g, Blue Cross Blue Shield, MA, Biogen, Boston Business Journal, Boston Celtics, Comcast Business, Eaton Vance, Elevate, Grand Circle Travel, Greenberg Traurig, Harpoon Brewery, Hotel Commonwealth, Improper Bostonian, Ipswich, Jam Spot, JNG Consulting, KPMG, Mintz Levin, New Balance, Paradise Rock Club, Rasky Partners, Suffolk Construction, SullyMac, 19 Crimes (TWE), Vinik Family Foundation and Walmart.

All proceeds from the “Baseball Champions for Charity” weekend will benefit the Red Sox Foundation, the Foundation To Be Named Later and Cubs Charities.  VIP tickets to the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert and Baseball Champions for Charity Lunch are available on-line now at www.redsox.com/champions and  www.ftbnl.org. Those interested sponsorship opportunities may call 617-226-6334 or visit www.redsoxfoundation.org or www.ftbnl.org .

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About Hot Stove Cool Music
Hot Stove Cool Music is a biannual charity concert and musical variety show held in Boston in the winter and in Chicago in the summer months, making its debut in Chicago in summer 2012. The event was created in December of 2000 by Hall of Fame baseball journalist Peter Gammons and former Boston Herald sports writer Jeff Horrigan. Over the past 15 years, Hot Stove Cool Music has become a staple on Boston’s entertainment calendar and has raised more than $8 million for Theo and Paul Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, the Jimmy Fund and other beneficiaries.

About the Red Sox Foundation
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has distributed over $93 million to support programs serving children and families across New England. The Foundation’s efforts are primarily focused on five cornerstone programs: the Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides tutoring, mentoring, enrichment programs and a college scholarship to academically talented but economically disadvantaged Boston public school students; the Red Sox Foundation’s RBI and Rookie League youth baseball and softball programs serving more than 2,000 inner city teens each summer; the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress and traumatic brain injury; The Dimock Center in Roxbury, serving more than 80,000 low-income families in Boston’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods; and The Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  For more information about the foundation, visit redsoxfoundation.org.

About The Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
Paul Epstein, a social worker in Boston, MA area and his twin brother, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein launched Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) in 2005. Named after the MLB trade term, player to be named later, the foundation’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit agencies, working on the front lines serving youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Boston & Chicago. FTBNL has given $8 million in grants and in-kind donations to more than 220 nonprofit organizations in Chicago and Boston and has sent approximately 6,000 children to Cubs or Red Sox home games. The Peter Gammons/FTBNL College Scholarship (named in honor of Hall of Famer and FTBNL champion, Peter Gammons) is the signature program of FTBNL and has sent more than 70 young people with high financial needs and high potential to the college of their choice. Each Gammons Scholar is provided with an adult mentor and a laptop computer to ensure college success. For more information on FTBNL programs and events, or to make a donation, please visit www.foundationtobenamedlater.org.

About Cubs Charities
Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Our goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. We partner with the most effective programs and organizations to achieve positive impact and demonstrated results. Through the generosity of Cubs fans, corporate partners and our Cubs Care partner, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, Cubs Charities is proud to help support the people and organizations that make our city a great place to live, work and play. For more information on Chicago Cubs Charities programs and events or to make a donation, please visit www.cubs.com/community.

 

Media Contacts
Zineb Curran, Boston Red Sox: 617-226-6115, zcurran@redsox.com
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: 617-895-7905, kgainsboro@elevatecom.com
Alyson Cohen, Chicago Cubs: 773-404-4128, acohen@cubs.com

Red Sox Unveil 2016 Plans to Engage the Next Generation of Fans

Registration for Free Kid Nation Membership and Free Ticket for 2016 Season Starts Today

Boston, MA – The Red Sox will introduce a host of initiatives and events in 2016 designed to bring children and young adults closer to the game. The club’s “Calling All Kids” movement, presented by Hood, includes the introduction of virtual reality at Fenway Park, a mobile truck experience that brings elements of the ballpark out to the community, an Opening Day event for Little Leaguers at Fenway Park, free tickets to games for fans 14 and under, and $9 tickets for high school and college students.

“Connecting with younger audiences has increasingly become a focus for our club,” said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. “Our efforts are concentrated on making enhancements to the ballpark experience for kids and families, relating to younger fans through new technology, and bringing the Fenway Park atmosphere out to the community. Finding new and unique ways to introduce baseball to children and young adults is critical, not only for the Red Sox but for the future of the game itself.”

Reality Check
For the first time, the club will offer a virtual reality experience at Fenway Park through a series of 360 videos that give exclusive, all-access views of what it’s like to be a Red Sox player during the 2016 season. From the action of Spring Training to game preparation at Fenway Park, fans will have the ability to experience behind-the-scenes moments through new virtual reality headsets that will be set up in a re-created Red Sox dugout.

Virtual reality stations will be available to kids in Wally’s Clubhouse and to all fans in the Kids Concourse. The videos will also be available to fans online.

On The Road Again
The Red Sox will take Fenway Park on the road with a new mobile truck that will bring the ballpark experience to communities throughout New England. The Red Sox Mobile Experience presented by T-Mobile features a 15-foot truck with panels that move to remake the Green Monster wall. The truck will carry a batting cage, virtual reality dugout, and pitching stations to dozens of cities and towns during the 2016 season. The Red Sox Mobile Experience will debut the week of May 9 leading into MLB’s national “Play Ball!” weekend.

Also, for the third straight year, the Red Sox will partner with the Highland Street Foundation and the City of Boston for “Out of the Park,” a free event for families that brings a screening of a Red Sox road game and the atmosphere of Yawkey Way to a city park. The date and park location will be announced in the coming weeks.

Little Big League
The Red Sox will host hundreds of Little Leaguers at Fenway Park on Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to noon for an Opening Day event that will celebrate the start of Little League’s baseball and softball season. Mayor Martin J. Walsh is scheduled to attend the special ceremony which will also include members of the Red Sox front office. Free concessions for the Little Leaguers will be provided by Red Sox concessionaire Aramark.

Additionally, the Red Sox Foundation will once again sponsor Little League teams across the Commonwealth by providing grants that help supply uniforms and equipment. The foundation will also continue to fund and operate 32 RBI teams (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and Rookie Leagues. The youth programs serve more than 1600 at-risk children in the Boston area.

Free Tickets for Kids, Affordable Tickets for Students
For the second year in a row, entry-level membership in Red Sox Kid Nation will be free, and every child in the program can attend a game for free.  Membership is for children 14 and under. Fans can begin signing up for the membership and free ticket starting today on redsox.com/kidnation. The Red Sox Kid Nation program is presented by Hood.

Those who signed up for the free membership last year will automatically be re-enrolled in this year’s program. The free ticket is also available to those who sign up for the paid membership. More than 53,000 fans signed up for the Kid Nation program after the free ticket was introduced in 2015.

For high school and college students with a student ID, the club will again offer a $9 ticket for every regular season home game. The “Student 9’s,” presented by Selfeo, guarantee at least an entry into standing room with the possibility of an upgrade to seats when available.

Touching the Game
The Red Sox have made enhancements to Wally’s Clubhouse, located in the Kids Concourse behind right field, including opportunities for kids to experience the tactile elements of baseball.

A rolling mobile exhibit will feature a miniature fiberglass version of Pesky’s Pole that youngsters can sign with a dry erase marker, a piece of the padded field wall that lines the infield and outfield, and various compartments with objects for them to feel, such as a deconstructed baseball and Fenway Park dirt.

Miniature lockers staged to look just like the ones in the Red Sox clubhouse will be installed in Wally’s Clubhouse, and an oversized trunk filled with authentic Red Sox jerseys, cleats, and batting gloves will be available for kids to play dress up.

In addition to the tactile elements, enhanced organized games and activities such as Red Sox bingo, story time, Q&A sessions, and lessons on scoring the game will take place in the space. The Red Sox will also host a comprehensive clinic later in the season for kids who want to learn how to score the game.

And for the young collectors in the family, an extensive Red Sox bobblehead collection will be on display in the Team Store window located in the Kids Concourse.

Families are encouraged to enter the ballpark through Gate K (for Kids), which was created in 2015 and leads directly into the Kids Concourse. Wally’s Clubhouse is located in the Kids Concourse and is open for fans each home game from the 3rd through 7th innings.

Tessie, You Are the Only, Only, Only
At the end of Spring Training, Tessie the Green Monster will take her place in the Kids Concourse at Fenway Park where she will be a permanent staple before and during Red Sox home games throughout the season. Tessie is Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster’s sister and was introduced to fans in January at Baseball Winter Weekend at Foxwoods.

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Fenway Sports Management and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Announce American Authors, Bad Rabbits and DJ Master Millions to Perform at Polartec Big Air at Fenway

Boston-themed entertainment line-up unveiled as Fenway Park prepares
to host Feb. 11-12 International Ski Federation World Cup and U.S. Grand
Prix tour competition featuring world’s top skiers and snowboarders

Boston, MA – Fenway Sports Management (FSM) and the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced today that musical acts American Authors, Bad Rabbits and DJ Master Millions will perform at Polartec Big Air at Fenway, an officially sanctioned U.S. Grand Prix Tour competition, featuring the world’s top skiers and snowboarders, taking place at Fenway Park in Boston on February 11-12.

The Boston-themed line-up will include performances by American Authors, who will perform at the conclusion of the skiing finals on Friday, February 12, and Bad Rabbits, who will take the stage following the big air snowboarding finals on Thursday, February 11.  DJ Master Millions will perform at the opening of Big Air each night, setting the tone as the world’s top skiers and snowboarders gear up to give their best runs, show off incredible tricks and thrill the crowd as they compete in this unique setting at the iconic home of the Boston Red Sox.

Tickets, which are on sale now at redsox.com/bigair, include admittance to both the athletic competition and entertainment portions of the events on the selected day.

An alt-rock outfit based in Brooklyn, American Authors’ breakout hit song “Best Day of My Life” and follow-up singles “Pride” and “Go Big or Go Home” were built on a magnetic sense of optimism that’s carried the band from their formation at Boston’s Berklee College of Music to their down-and-out early years in Brooklyn to their current status as an internationally touring band on an ever-growing rise.

Bad Rabbits, a Boston-based group draws on their multi-cultural makeup and fuse futuristic R&B with post-rock to create a distinct sound. Their intense live shows solidified an impressive and devout following as they shared the stage with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, PassionPit, Deftones, Travie McCoy, T-Pain, GlassJaw, Common and John Legend and played the Vans Warped Tour.

Additionally, Teton Gravity Research will be premiering its new ski and snowboard film, The Sammy C Project, on the event video boards at Fenway Park on Friday, February 12. The film shares two years of unthinkable freestyle skiing in locations such as Mt. Hood, Alaska, Michigan’s Copper Peak and beyond. The showing will begin at 6:30 p.m., prior to the freeskiing big air final.

Polartec Big Air at Fenway will feature the world’s top skiers and snowboarders competing on a 140-foot high snow ramp, nearly four-times the height of Fenway’s famed Green Monster. U.S. Olympic slopestyle skiing gold medalist Joss Christensen, slopestyle snowboarding Olympic champion Sage Kotsenburg and Olympian Ty Walker are among the elite group of Olympians and Olympic hopefuls expected to participate.

Big air events consist of snowboarders and skiers competing with a single trick off a ramp similar to those seen on slopestyle courses. Mens and womens big air snowboarding will debut at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.  Please Visit redsox.com/bigair for further information on Polartec Big Air, including tickets and schedules.

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Media Contacts
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: 617-895-7905, kgainsboro@elevatecom.com
Tom Kelly, USSA Vice President, Communications: 435-602-9799, tkelly@ussa.org

Baseball Fans to Experience Field of Dreams as they Take to the Diamond At Red Sox Fantasy Camp

Campers to live out Major League aspirations as they hit, catch and
run under the tutelage of former Red Sox Greats at JetBlue Park

What:
Red Sox Fantasy Camp, which provides fans of all skill levels the opportunity to live out their dreams of playing in the big leagues by participating in a seven-day, seven-night camp featuring training sessions and games at JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the Red Sox state-of-the-art, 106-acre spring training and player development complex.

The 50 attendees of the sold-out camp will receive top-level coaching from past Red Sox greats and members of the team coaching staff and interact with their favorite baseball legends. Participants will also have the chance to play against a team of Red Sox alumni, enjoy nightly social events, and play in the Camp Championship game under the lights.

Who:

  • Red Sox legends include Luis Tiant, Rico Petrocelli, Trot Nixon, Keith Foulke, Rick Miller, Cecil Cooper, Troy O’Leary, Dennis Boyd, Butch Hobson, Mike Timlin, Alan Embree, Frank Viola, and Rich Gedman
  • 154 Fantasy Camp participants

When:
Now – Saturday, January 24, 2016

Where:
JetBlue Park at Fenway South
11500 Fenway South Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33913

Media Contact
Sarah Rich, Elevate Communications: 617-861-3658, srich@elevatecom.com

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High School Football Returns to Fenway Park for the First Time in 80 Years in a Showcase of the Area’s Top Thanksgiving Rivalries

Local high schools to compete in traditional Thanksgiving rivalries at the iconic ballpark; Games cap off week of Fenway events including Boston College vs. Notre Dame Football and the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival

Boston, MA – Fenway Sports Management (FSM) announced that the longstanding Massachusetts tradition of Thanksgiving Football rivalries will take main stage at Fenway Park with doubleheader games on both Thanksgiving eve and Thanksgiving Day on November 25 and 26, 2015.Four games will be played over the two days at Fenway Park, featuring some of Greater Boston’s most iconic perennial matchups

Four games will be played over the two days at Fenway Park, featuring some of Greater Boston’s most iconic perennial matchups including: St. John’s Prep vs. Xaverian, BC High vs. Catholic Memorial, Wellesley vs. Needham, and Boston Latin vs. Boston English.

“High School football takes center stage on Thanksgiving in one of New England’s longest-standing sporting traditions,” said Fenway Sports Management President Sam Kennedy. “This is going to be an unforgettable experience for all the young athletes, parents, alumni and fans of these high school football teams.”

The four high school games represent some of the most venerable Greater Boston Thanksgiving matchups:

Wednesday, November 25

  • Xaverian vs. Saint John’s Prep – Two of the Boston-area’s preeminent football schools, Xaverian leads St. John’s Prep in the overall series 26-20.
  • Boston College High vs. Catholic Memorial – 2015 will be the 54th time the two teams meet, with BC High holding a 36-16-1 series lead over Catholic Memorial.

Thursday, November 26

  • Wellesley vs. Needham – The oldest public high school rivalry in the country, Wellesley holds a slight 60-58-9 edge over Needham in the pairs’ 127-year history.
  • Boston English vs. Boston Latin – This will be the 129th year these two rivals have met, making it the oldest continuous high school football rivalry in the U.S. Boston Latin has a 78-36-13 series lead over Boston English since the two started playing in 1887.

High school football games were commonly played at Fenway Park in the early 20th Century. The ball park also hosted the 1912 high school national championship game when Everett was defeated by Oak Park, IL. High school football was last played at Fenway in 1935, when a series of games were held featuring high schools from around Boston.

“We would like to thank Mayor Walsh and the city of Boston for helping to make these events possible and securing the participation of Boston Public Schools,” Kennedy continued. “It is wonderful to have the opportunity to open our ballpark to our young athletes and bring the community together to celebrate one of New England’s time-honored traditions. We strive to bring new and dynamic events to Fenway Park and these games will be a special day for all those involved.”

A full schedule of high school football games at Fenway Park can be found at redsox.com/hsfootball. Tickets go on-sale October 8 at 12:00 p.m. and cost $20. $5 of every ticket sold will be given back to the school each patron is supporting.

The contests cap off a week of fall events at Fenway Park including the first football game at Fenway in nearly 50 years and the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival. On Saturday, November 21, the Boston College Eagles will play the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a 7:30 p.m. game at Fenway to be televised on NBCSN. The last football game played at Fenway was December 1, 1968 when the then Boston Patriots defeated Cincinnati, 33-14.

The next day, Sunday, November 22, the sport of hurling will return to Fenway Park for the first time in more than 60 years with the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival. All-Ireland Finalist Galway will take-on Dublin in an exhibition comprising some of the top hurling players from the Emerald Isle. Hurling, believed to be the world’s oldest field game, combines agility, strength and intensity to make it one of the fastest paced games played.

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About Fenway Sports Management (FSM)
A wholly owned subsidiary of Fenway Sports Group, Fenway Sports Management (FSM) is a leading sports and entertainment marketing agency that advises elite properties, athletes, and brands.

FSM serves as the sponsorship sales arm for Fenway Sports Group’s prestigious sports portfolio: the Boston Red Sox, Liverpool Football Club, New England Sports Network (NESN), Roush Fenway Racing and the Pawtucket Red Sox. FSM is also the exclusive marketing agency for LeBron James and Johnny Manziel through a strategic partnership with LRMR. Additionally, FSM provides consulting and event management services to blue chip consumer brands and sports properties. For more information, visit www.fenwaysportsmanagement.com.

Media Contact
Keith Gainsboro, Elevate Communications: 617-895-7905, kgainsboro@elevatecom.com

Red Sox Unveil New Initiatives for Children in 2015

“Calling All Kids,” Presented by Hood, Includes Free Tickets for Children, Free Membership in Red Sox Kid Nation,
and $9 Student Tickets; “Gate K (for Kids)” will be Kid-Friendly Entrance into “Kids Concourse”

Boston, MA – The Boston Red Sox will introduce in 2015 a host of initiatives designed to bring children closer to the game. “Calling All Kids,” presented by Hood, will provide free membership in Red Sox Kid Nation, free tickets to as many as 25,000 kids, and new elements at Fenway Park including Gate K (for Kids), the Kids Concourse, and Wally’s Clubhouse.

For the first time, entry-level membership in Red Sox Kid Nation will be free, and every child in the program can attend a game for free. (If necessary, the club will limit membership to 25,000.) Membership is for children 14 and under. Fans can begin signing up for the membership and the tickets today, Monday, March 16, on redsox.com/kidnation.

Also, all high school and college students 15 and over with a student ID can purchase tickets for only $9 for every regular season home game. The tickets guarantee at least an entry into standing room, but the club will also upgrade to seats when they are available.

Additionally, the Red Sox will create “Gate K (for Kids),” a kid-friendly entrance located adjacent to Gate B leading into the new Kids Concourse. The right field area of the Big Concourse will be revamped with games, entertainment, Aramark concessions, and amenities.

Also in the Kids Concourse, the club will create “Wally’s Clubhouse” from the 3rd through 7th innings in the Champions Club presented by ALEX AND ANI, below the Royal Rooters Club. The respite from extreme weather also provides room to play, walk around, and meet Wally the Green Monster.

“The point is simple: we want to do all we can to attract children to Fenway Park,” said Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino. “We hope to do so at least three ways: first, by providing greater access to Red Sox games to children and students; second, by enhancing their experience at the ballpark; and third, by strengthening the game of baseball among the young in our community. We are blessed with an extraordinary fan base that comprises many boys and girls. We want to help ensure that they fall in love with baseball, just as their parents and grandparents did before them.”

The Red Sox will also create community initiatives. The Red Sox Foundation will sponsor each of the 200 Little Leagues across Massachusetts and will again fund and operate 31 RBI teams (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) and Rookie Leagues serving more than 1200 children. The foundation’s commitment is more than $220,000.

Building on the success of last year’s partnership between the Highland Street Foundation, the City of Boston, and the Red Sox, “Out of the Park” will return in 2015. The free event for families at a city park emulates Fenway Park’s Yawkey Way atmosphere while fans watch a Red Sox road game on a giant screen. The date and park will be announced in the future. In addition to the event, the partners this year will collaborate to refurbish 10 ballfields in Boston. Those fields will also be announced in the future.

Free Tickets and Kid Nation Memberships for Children 14 and Under
In recent years, Red Sox Kid Nation (RSKN) – a fan club membership for kids launched in 2005 – had an entry fee of as much as $36.95. Starting in 2015, base membership will be free. Those who sign up for the free membership will be offered a free ticket to a regular season game at Fenway Park. (The club may limit the free tickets to 25,000 children.)

“We would love to have such a demand problem,” said Red Sox Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Sam Kennedy, a key creator of the overall initiative. “Many of us remember with fondness the ability, as teens, to take the T to Kenmore Square with our friends, walk to Fenway Park, and buy a ticket to that night’s game. We want to restore that life experience.”

For young fans who wish to choose additional amenities, a paid membership will also be available. It includes an extra-early entrance into Fenway Park to watch batting practice, a youth-sized Red Sox jersey, a Red Sox player backpack, a discount at the Yawkey Way Store, and Kid Nation email newsletters.

“Gate K (for Kids)”
The Red Sox will create “Gate K (for Kids)” – an entrance dedicated to children and families near Gate B at the corner of Van Ness and Ipswich Streets. The entrance leads to the Kids Concourse.

Kids Concourse
A revamped Kids Concourse is a roomy area of the original Big Concourse behind the right field corner with new attractions for young fans, including a six-foot nine-inch-tall Wally bobblehead, an interactive video wall that allows first-time fans to take photos and electronically sign their name to the video wall, and a Kid Nation welcome station.

The festive area will feature a balloon artist, stilt walker, and face painter. Kids will also see how they “measure up” to current Red Sox players by standing near pillars featuring actual size images of current players. They can also measure their own tiny footprints against those of the big feet of big leaguers on player footprints that will adorn the Kids Concourse walkways.

Little Leaguers who imagine what they might look like when they grow up to be ballplayers can see giant baseball cards of Red Sox players and their Little League photos.

The Kids Concourse will also be the new home for old ballpark favorites such as the historic bullpen cart used in the 60’s and 70’s, the Red Sox Mickey Mouse statue, and the Wally Bench.

Aramark, the Fenway Park concessionaire, will create kid-themed offerings in the upper level of the Kids Concourse. A $5 kids meal features a mini hot dog, cotton candy, and a small juice. Also, new souvenirs include a Wally ice-cream tray, cotton candy that comes with a novelty bat, and a glove-shaped tray with nachos or chicken fingers. Other affordable, bite-size menu items include mini pigs-in-a-blanket, corn dogs, fried Oreo mini churro bites, and fried apples.

Healthy options include fruit cups with grapes, sliced apples, and chopped watermelon, depending on the season, along with string cheeses. Aramark will also surprise kids at random with free ice cream during the season.

Wally’s Clubhouse
Inside the Kids Concourse, Wally’s Clubhouse provides an indoor space open every game from the 3rd to the 7th inning. Wally will visit in the third inning, and children can participate in interactive games and activities such as “Simon Says” and “Red Light/Green Light.” Boys and girls can also enjoy craft tables, a safe play area for toddlers with toys and a slide, a beanbag toss, video games, and a balloon artist and face painter.

Kids Crew
Overseeing interaction with children in the Kids Concourse and Wally’s Clubhouse will be the new Red Sox Kids Crew, a staff who greet kids as they enter Gate K, lead children in games, and provide families with assistance and information about kid-friendly activities.

$9 Student Tickets (for those 15 and older)
The Red Sox will make tickets available for every home game for all students 15 and older – from high school through college. The $9 ticket is the lowest at Fenway Park, and it guarantees at least standing room, but may also be upgraded to seats when they are available.

The new $9 Student Tickets are available online at redsox.com/student. Students provide information and receive a special code via email to complete the purchase.

Student tickets will be delivered through My Tickets Mobile, via MLB’s Ballpark Application. Students can scan their tickets directly from their phone when they arrive at the ballpark gates, and are asked to bring their student ID for verification to gain entry. In 2014, the club introduced a limited $9 standing room ticket for certain students.