Connecticut Red Sox Service Scholarship recipients to be introduced at Fenway Park Sunday
The Red Sox Foundation will introduce recipients of the Connecticut Red Sox Service Scholarships during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Twins game on Sunday, July 24. The program awards students from 22 different public high schools across Connecticut with $1,000 scholarships towards their college education based on academic performance, financial aid eligibility, and demonstrated community service.
The scholarship recipients will be congratulated on the field at Fenway Park by Red Sox Foundation Board member Linda Pizzuti Henry, Red Sox Executive Vice President Troup Parkinson, and Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson. Ford Boston Regional Sales Operations Manager Tom O'Leary will also be on hand representing the Ford Motor Company Fund, a sponsor of the program.
This is the scholarship program's third year in Connecticut. It was first launched in New Hampshire in 2010 and now runs in all five New England states outside of Massachusetts.
The foundation will also honor the Connecticut winner of the "IMPACT Awards" (Inspiring More Philanthropy Across Charities Together) on Sunday, a program that provides Red Sox fans in the five New England states outside of Massachusetts with the opportunity to vote for their favorite local charities to determine the one awarded the annual grant.
Save-A-Suit, an organization dedicated to providing military veterans and college graduates with professional business attire and the confidence needed to succeed in the professional workforce, is the winner of this year's Connecticut Impact Award. The Bethel, Connecticut-based non-profit will receive a $10,000 grant from the Red Sox Foundation during Sunday's pregame ceremonies.
The July 24 ceremonies are part of Connecticut Day at Fenway Park, presented by Foxwoods Resort Casino. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Rodney Butler of Mashantucket, Connecticut, and the national anthem will by sung by Aisa and Kiona Carter of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of southeastern Connecticut. Members of the Enfield, Connecticut, Police Department will carry the colors, and children from the Wheeler Clinic in Plainville, Connecticut, will say "Play Ball." Ayanna Leigh of Groton, Connecticut will sing God Bless America.