BOSTON, MA – As part of the club’s “Calling All Kids” effort to connect baseball to the next generation of fans, the Red Sox and JetBlue today distributed over 46,000 Red Sox baseball hats to Boston Public Schools (BPS) students and staff in 104 schools throughout the City of Boston.
“This is a tradition that spreads the positive spirit we see on the baseball field to Boston Public Schools,” said Mayor Walsh “I am excited for our students to celebrate the start of baseball season with their new hats, displaying their Boston pride everywhere they go.”
“Over the three years of this program we’ve distributed over 135,000 hats to BPS students and teachers,” said Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy. “Our main goal is to make every student feel like they are part of the team, and this year is particularly special because of the championship banner incorporated into the hat design. We hope this gesture encourages a sense of connection with the ballclub as we prepare for our first home game at Fenway Park next week.”
The distribution of hats was launched earlier today when Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Public Schools Interim Superintendent Laura Perille joined Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy, Former Red Sox Designated Hitter David Ortiz, Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Henry, and JetBlue Chief Commercial Officer Marty St. George at the Sarah Greenwood School in Dorchester. The group handed out hats to students and teachers and gave the children a chance to take photos with Wally the Green Monster and his sister Tessie.
A total of 46,010 hats were delivered to students and teachers at all Kindergarten through 8th grade Boston Public Schools. The city-wide hat donation is part of a commitment by the Red Sox and JetBlue to engage with the Boston community each year for the duration of their partnership through 2030.
“There is no better way to celebrate the start of the season than by spreading some hometown pride with the students and staff members at BPS,” said JetBlue Chief Commercial Officer Marty St. George. “As the official airline of the Boston Red Sox and the largest carrier in Boston, we are proud to support the city’s home team, along with the many local communities we serve each and every day. We are excited to continue this special tradition with the Red Sox and look forward to a successful 11th season together.”