|08-23-2002, 04:23 PM||#1|
Renounced Membership 7/9/03
Classy Event, Great Cause
Today, the Red Sox and WEEI (local sports talk station) are running a "radiothon" for the Dana Farber Cancer Insititute, aka "The Jimmy Fund". The event is being highlighted by a reunion of the 1967 "Impossible Dream Team", of which 20 of the 25 members are in attendance. In addition, current Red Sox players hosted a "Q&A" luncheon with fans, ownership held a "breakfast with the fans" and there will a special ceremony before the game tonight.
If you are not familiar, the Jimmy Fund is focused on curing childhood cancer, and provides support and assistance to thousands of families and patients. The stories being shared today on the radio have, at times, left me in tears. You can learn more (or contribute) at: www.jimmyfund.org
Sitting here, listening to this great event and the great people (both patients and volunteers) talking about how much the Red Sox, former ownership, current ownership, former and current players, and others associated with the team have contributed to this cause makes me feel pretty good about baseball today. Most days (especially recently) there has been too much "bad" and not enough "good" going on with baseball. It warms my heart to see and hear about the good things that this team, the players and the owners are doing here today.
Are other teams as actively and prominently involved in a "signature" charity relationship? Do you think they should be?
|08-23-2002, 04:29 PM||#2|
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I think it's great the Sox have adopted the Jimmy Fund for as long as they have.
"Should" a team be actively involved with a signature charity? Sure. It's a good way to be a "good corporate citizen." Think about all the good-will fostered by the Sox ownership in the final years of the Yawkey Trust Wasn't it nice that at least there was the Jimmy Fund.
Of course, there's no law that says a big company HAS to be a good corporate citizen, but, hey, when it is asking the people of the city/region to come in and plop down some pretty hefty cash at their parks, it's nice to know they're involved.
(It's a bonus when the players have their pet projects, too -- Nomar and Tim Wakefield from this group spring immediately to mind.)
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