Charity Events During Red Sox-Cubs Series Raise More Than $725,000 For Boston and Chicago Youth Scholarship Programs

Boston, MA – The Red Sox Foundation, Chicago Cubs Charities, and The Foundation To Be Named Later have raised over $725,000 to benefit scholarship programs for Boston and Chicago youth after a weekend of charitable events during the Red Sox-Cubs series at Fenway Park. The two teams partnered through their foundation’s for “Baseball Champions for Charity Weekend,” presented by Think Energy, and organized fundraising events and opportunities on each day of the three-game series taking place April 28 to April 30.

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The weekend began with a reception and luncheon on Friday, April 28, at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, featuring a panel of baseball legends including Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez, Red Sox Hall of Fame catcher Jason Varitek, 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 and NESN anchor Tom Caron moderated the panel.

Saturday night, a special Red Sox-Cubs edition of “Hot Stove Cool Music” took place at the Paradise Rock Club headlined by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, and featuring musical performances by Gammons, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Red Sox Baseball Operations V.P. Zack Scott, Cubs Broadcaster Len Kasper, and Chicago and Boston rockers: Paul Ahlstrand, Phil Aiken, Walt Bostian (The New England Brass), Dave Brophy, Chris Cote (The Upper Crust/Giant Kings), Max Crawford and Dag Juhlin (Poi Dog Pondering); Will Dailey, Jenny Dee (Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents), former Red Sox Pitcher Lenny DiNardo, Tanya Donelly and Gail Greenwood (Belly); Gerald Dowd (Robbie Fulks), Dean Falcone, Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo), Josh Kantor (Boston Red Sox Organist), Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom), Hilken Mancini and Chris Toppin (Fuzzy); Curt Morrison (Tributosaurus), Tom Polce, Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies), Matt Spiegel (Tributosaurus/Chicago radio host), John Stirratt (Wilco), Magen Tracy, Jen Trynin, Ed Valauskas (Gravel Pit), Latin Grammy Nominated jazz musician/former New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams and more.

Other special guests attending Saturday’s event included Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner, Red Sox President Sam Kennedy, Red Sox Vice President of Baseball Research & Development Zack Scott, Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney, Cubs Executive Vice President and General Manager Jed Hoyer, Cubs Manager Joe Maddon and Coach Brandon Hyde, Red Sox Manager John Farrell and coaching staff Ruben Amaro Jr., Brian Bannister, Chili Davis, Gary DiSarcina, Dana LeVangie, Victor Rodriguez and Carl Willis; Red Sox players Fernando Abad, Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Chase d’Arnaud, Heath Hembree, Marco Hernandez, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Sandy Leon, Mitch Moreland, Dustin Pedroia, Drew Pomeranz, Rick Porcello, Hanley Ramirez, Josh Rutledge, Chris Sale, Robby Scott, Carson Smith, Ben Taylor, Tyler Thornburg, Christian Vazquez, Steven Wright and Chris Young; alumni Sean Casey, Ryan Dempster, Darnell McDonald, Cubs Special Assistant Kevin Youkilis, former Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios, sponsors including Paul Grogan of the Boston Foundation, Jim DeLong of Think Energy, Adam Speling of Hotel Commonwealth, Declan Mehigan of the Paradise Rock Club, and FTBNL Executive Director Allyce Najimy and Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson.

The weekend concluded with a special photo opportunity for fans to take photos with the two “curse-breaking” World Series trophies during Sunday night’s game. A suggested donation of $20 was asked of fans taking photos.


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About the Red Sox Foundation
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has distributed over $95 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.

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 Emeritus 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 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.” For more information about the 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, the Jimmy Fund and other beneficiaries.

About Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL)
Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) was launched in 2005 by Paul Epstein, a social worker in Boston, MA area and his twin brother, former Boston Red Sox Executive Vice President/General Manager and current Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein. The mission of FTBNL 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 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, who would not otherwise get the chance to go to a game, to Cubs and Red Sox home 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. Each Gammons Scholar also gets an adult mentor and a laptop computer to ensure college success. For more information on Foundation To Be Named Later programs and events, or to make a donation, please visit

About Cubs Charities:
Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Cubs Charities’ goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. Through grants to quality nonprofit programs, development of parks and baseball fields, and other community initiatives, the Cubs and Cubs Charities help fulfill a commitment to be the best in the game, on and off the field. For more information, visit

Motivis Learning Awards $10,000 to University of Massachusetts Amherst Student for Inaugural 2017 Aspiring Educator Scholarship Initiative

Northeastern University and Colorado Christian University students
receive runner up awards to round out scholarship initiative winners

Salem, NH – Motivis Learning today announced the winners of its inaugural 2017 Aspiring Educator Scholarship Initiative, which was created to help ease the financial burden of future teachers. The three winning students, Kimberly Pfeifer, Asaad Fulton and Rebecca Tamayo, who are all enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program in education at different universities around the country, were bestowed a total of $13,000, with $10,000 to the winner and $2,000 and $1,000 going to second and third place.

To apply for the scholarship, Motivis asked applicants to share how they will use their career to make a difference in the lives of their students through teaching, how they plan to change the world through education and how they will promote student success in the classroom through community engagement, emerging instructional practices and/or educational technology. 146 students participating in undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs at 91 different universities and colleges competed for the scholarship.

Kimberly Pfeifer, a first year doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who is part of the Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies department with a focus in children, families and schools, was awarded the first place prize of $10,000. In her winning submission, Pfeifer talked about her vision for the future of education in America: classrooms designed to actively engage students in their community and world. Originally a teacher for more than five years, Pfeifer recently decided to pursue a PhD in the hopes of learning more theory to help support her pedagogical practice.

Kimberly’s goal as a teacher is to create change within the classroom through her vision of radical change in the overall US education system with regards to the ways in which students learn and teachers teach, doing away with antiquated systems of schooling, with the overarching goal of achieving better efficiency in the classroom. She plans to use her scholarship to travel to Finland, where schools have implemented Phenomenon Based Learning on a large scale. In addition, she’d like to visit New Orleans to learn more about the process of writing a Charter, something every school in the city did after Hurricane Katrina.

“I cannot thank Motivis Learning enough for this generous $10,000 scholarship,” said Pfeifer. “I am so incredibly appreciative as this money will give me the opportunity to travel to Finland and other areas to learn and further enhance my skills to help support my pedagogical practice. Financially speaking, graduate school is extremely difficult which is why I am so grateful that Motivis gives future teachers like myself this kind of opportunity, as it will help me more than words can express.”

“We received nearly 150 applications from current and future educators who will make a difference in the world,” said Brian Peddle, CEO, Motivis Learning. “It was extremely hard to narrow it down to three finalists from the impressive list of submissions, and then choose a winner. We were moved and inspired – not just by Kimberly, Asaad and Rebecca – but by ALL of the outstanding submissions. As Motivis continues to grow we hope to do more to help educators succeed.”

The second and third place recipients also both have impressive goals for the future of education. Fulton stated in his submission that his degree in education will help him take up a leadership position in education to raise awareness about the lack of diversity in the education field, and eventually he would like to open a school of his own that incorporates and encourages diversity. Tamayo has a goal of using and promoting technology in the classroom for children on the autism spectrum to enhance their learning and communication skills to better prepare them for further education goals and eventually a career.

The average 2016 college graduate holds $37,172 in student debt, which is up six percent from 2015, according to calculations by student loan expert Mark Kantrowitz, while states that there are currently more than 44 million Americans with student loan debt. However, certain organizations are slowly starting to see the severity of this issue, and Motivis Learning, the Learning Relationship Management System designed for student-centered, personalized education models, is one of them.


About Motivis Learning
Motivis Learning is a Learning Relationship Management (LRM) platform specifically designed to deliver student-centric, personalized learning programs. The LRM platform fully integrates data from LMS, SIS and community tools to deliver a single, clear view of the full student narrative. Motivis Learning was born out of the Innovation Lab at Southern New Hampshire University and was first put to work in SNHU’s next-generation CBE program, College for America, which became the first CBE program of its kind approved by a regional accreditor and the U.S. Department of Education. Today, Motivis Learning is trusted by leading higher education and K-12 institutions, including Harvard University, Cornell University and EF Academy. For more information, please visit

Motivis Learning Launches 2017 Aspiring Educator Scholarship Initiative to Support Future Teachers

 $10,000 Scholarship Geared to Ease the Financial Burden of a Deserving

Salem, NH – Motivis Learning, the Learning Relationship Management System designed for student-centered, personalized education models, today announced its new 2017 Aspiring Educator Scholarship Initiative, aimed towards students enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program in education. In January 2017, the company will award one $10,000 scholarship to a student who tells Motivis Learning how they will make a difference through teaching. Qualified students can learn more about how to enter a submission here.

A 2015 analysis of student debt by U.S. News & World Report showed that those who received master’s degrees in education accounted for 17 percent of graduate students who are $50,000 or more in debt. “We know the heavy financial burden of pursuing their degrees can deter even the most inspired future teachers – but our goal at Motivis Learning is to keep them inspired, which is why we created our inaugural scholarship initiative for students pursuing a career in education,” said Motivis Learning CEO, Brian Peddle. “This is our way of giving back to the education community we care so much about, and showing that Motivis is invested not only in education technology, but in the people who are truly shaping the success of our future generations.”

For the inaugural scholarship, Motivis is asking future educators to explain how they will use their career to make a difference in the lives of their students.

  • In no more than 800 words (but no fewer than 500), tell us how you plan to change the world through education. More specifically, will you promote student success in the classroom and beyond, through community engagement, emerging instructional practices, and/or educational technology?
  • Submissions must be sent as a PDF or Word document, and emailed to
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older, and enrolled in an accredited graduate or undergraduate education program in the U.S. or Canada. Please include an unofficial transcript as proof of enrollment with your submission
  • The deadline for the 2017 scholarship is February 28, 2017. Motivis Learning will notify recipients on March 31, 2017

For more information about this program, including judgment criteria, please refer to the Aspiring Educator Scholarship official rules.

In October, Motivis Learning launched its new Learning Relationship Management (LRM) System, answering the call of K-12, higher education and continuing education institutions for a personalized, student-centered, and competency-based education (CBE) learning platform. The LRM System is a next generation, cloud-based software platform that fully-integrates Motivis’ Learning Management System (LMS), campus community system, coaching and advising platform and student information functions. It has combined all four systems – typically thought of as isolated education technology systems – into one seamless platform that is powered by Salesforce CRM.

To learn more on how to complete an entry for Motivis’ scholarship, please proceed to the Aspiring Educator Scholarship page.


About Motivis Learning
Motivis Learning has built the first Learning Relationship Management (LRM) System specifically designed for innovative, student-centric and personalized teaching and learning models. The platform was born out of the Innovation Lab at Southern New Hampshire University and put to work in SNHU’s next-generation CBE program, College for America, the first CBE of its kind approved by a regional accreditor and the US Department of Education. Backed by decades of success in education, pedagogy and technology, the LRM system is a fully-integrated suite of learning tools (built on Salesforce) that delivers the true 360-degree view of the student. Fully integrating the LMS, SIS, campus communication system and ePortfolio into a single platform. For more information, visit, or connect with Motivis Learning on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

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