Red Sox Foundation

 

    The Red Sox Foundation harnesses the passion of Red Sox Nation to make a difference in the lives of children, veterans, families and communities throughout New England by improving their health, education and recreational opportunities.

    To improve youth’s opportunities in the focus areas of education and recreational opportunities, the Foundation manages two charitable programs:

    • The Red Sox Scholars program provides $10,000 scholarships, tutoring, and mentoring for academically-talented middle school students from the Boston Public Schools. The program received the first-ever Major League Baseball award for philanthropic excellence in 2010. The program has served a total of 274 Boston Public School students since its creation in 2003
    • RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) introduces urban youth in Boston to baseball and softball, and uses the sport to promote healthy choices and valuable life skills. RBI serves more than 700 youth, ages 9 to 18.  The Foundation also supports six “Rookie Leagues” throughout Boston, annually serving 900+ youth, ages 5 to 12.  These leagues serve as a pipeline to RBI.

    Additionally, to improve opportunities in the focus area of health, the Foundation is proud to partner with three best-in-class organizations that are leaders in their respective fields:

    • Since 2002, the Red Sox and Red Sox Foundation have helped raise millions of dollars for cancer treatment and research for The Jimmy Fund, supporting the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in its mission to provide treatment to children and adults with cancer while developing cures through cutting-edge research.
    • Created by Red Sox Foundation Chairman Tom Werner, Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program, has helped over 11,000 veterans and their families suffering from the “invisible wounds of war,” such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. The Red Sox Foundation has raised millions of dollars for Home Base through the Run to Home Base, a 9K/5K charity race presented by New Balance.
    • The Red Sox Foundation is the largest contributor to The Dimock Center, a comprehensive non-profit health and social services facility in Roxbury that is a regional leader in addressing opioid addiction.

    Finally, the Foundation operates the following capacity-building initiatives to further its impact in our New England communities:

    • The Red Sox Foundation provides the 317 Little League programs in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine with funding assistance as well as leadership and instructional skills training for coaches and administrators.
    • The New England Red Sox Service Scholarships program of $1,000 for college are awarded to students who have engaged in community service from public high schools in the five New England states outside of Massachusetts.
    • The IMPACT Awards provide fans in the surrounding New England states with the opportunity to support their favorite non-profits in their home states by casting their vote to help decide which organizations will win one of the available awards.

    Position Overview:

    The Red Sox Foundation Intern will provide operational support to the Foundation.  This individual will primarily be responsible for lending support to staff responsible for capacity-building initiatives.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist with administrative and operational responsibilities, including sorting mail, making copies, scanning and filing documents, drafting tax acknowledgment letters, and organizing mailings;
    • Assist with capacity-building initiatives within the Red Sox Foundation, including the New England Red Sox Service Scholarships, IMPACT Program, and Little League Initiative;
    • And, oversee the setup for the 50/50 Raffle at Red Sox regular season home games, sell raffle tickets as part of the game day staff to raise much needed funds for the Foundation, and work with the Foundation’s game day staff, volunteers and vendors.

    Qualifications:

    • Currently a sophomore or junior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree and interested in learning about a non-profit organization, business management, communications, or a related field;
    • Team player willing to work flexible hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays;
    • Proficient in Word, Excel and Outlook;
    • A hard working individual who is a self-starter with strong attention to detail;
    • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize, coordinate and manage multiple tasks;
    • And, excellent written and verbal communications skills.

    2018 Intern Reflection

    My time at the Red Sox Foundation has been fun, informative, and inspiring. I have mostly been working with the New England Service Scholars, a group of nearly 200 graduating high school seniors to whom the Red Sox Foundation have awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship for their service record and commitment to their communities. Specifically, this has involved staying in communication with each scholar to help organize their attendance at a game day award ceremony and contacting their future universities to disburse their scholarship funds. Additionally, I've done research on social-justice based organizations across New England for the Foundation's annual IMPACT Awards, and have helped to oversee the Foundation's 50/50 raffle during home games and silent auctions during the Fenway Concert Series, both of which provide major financial assistance for the Foundation's initiatives. 

    Working at Fenway Park has provided a series of opportunities beyond my wildest expectations -- from staying late after work to catch the end of a game to eating lunch on the Green Monster, this internship has allowed me to connect with the Red Sox and the pastime of American baseball in a way I never could have imagined. Working for the charity arm of such a publicly-recognized corporation has helped me to view public service and nonprofit work in a whole new light, and I'm so excited to continue with my internship and provide aid to the Foundation's initiatives, which assist children, students, and veterans all across New England.

    Michael Kassabian '19

    Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA