07/27/2011 9:40 AM ET
JetBlue Airways sends Red Sox Foundation Youth Baseball and Softball players to New York for Northeast Regional Tournament
50 Teens and Volunteer Coaches in Team Charity RBI Program Represent Red Sox Nation on All Star Teams
BOSTON, MA - JetBlue, the official airline of the Boston Red Sox, and The Red Sox Foundation, the official team charity, today announced that they will be sending 45 Boston teens from the Foundation's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) Program to New York tomorrow, July 28, to compete in Major League Baseball's RBI Program's Northeast Regional All Star Baseball and Softball Tournament.
The Red Sox Foundation's RBI program serves children and teens playing on inner city teams and seeks to use their love of baseball to promote healthy choices and valuable life skills including nonviolent conflict resolution, resistance to drugs and alcohol, and educational achievement. Wise Snacks is a lead sponsor of the Red Sox Foundation's RBI program, supplying uniforms for all 38 Boston area inner city teams supported by the team charity.
The 45 players selected for the All Star Tournament include one girls softball team with players ranging in age from 13-18, and two boys baseball teams, a junior and senior team, ages 13-15 and 16-18 respectively. Players in the Northeast Regional Tournament in New York will compete for the chance to participate in the World Series championship tournaments in Minnesota along with the winners from eight other regions.
"JetBlue is honored to be a part of the Boston community and the Red Sox Foundation's RBI program, and we look forward to welcoming the teams onboard," said Ronda McLeod, regional marketing manager for JetBlue Airways. "We wish them the best of luck as they compete for a spot at the World Series Championship!"
"The Red Sox are proud to have a strong inner city youth baseball and softball program, with nearly 900 youngsters involved every summer and to have Jet Blue's support for this once-in-a-lifetime tournament opportunity for our young All Stars," said Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner. "Through our team charity, we seek to leverage at-risk teen's love for baseball to help them achieve their dreams off the field as well."
The three Boston RBI teams will be departing from Logan Airport tomorrow and flying on JetBlue, the official airline of the Boston Red Sox, to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport for the 5 day tournament from July 28- August 1.
"We are grateful for the support of JetBlue and their generous donation of tickets for the kids and their coaches to fly to New York for this tournament," said Red Sox Senior Vice President and Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation Meg Vaillancourt. "All of us in Red Sox Nation look forward to cheering them on and hoping for their success. We are very proud of these youngsters for their talent and responsible choices they make off the field. We also look forward to hearing about their experiences and new friendships with teens from other cities across the Northeast who share their love of baseball and proven determination to succeed."