The Red Sox Foundation and the Boston Area Church League today announced the installation of an outdoor batting cage at the Roxbury YMCA. The new batting cage will be unveiled this Sunday, April 8, in a special event for the community from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. featuring a visit from Wally the Green Monster and photo opportunities with the World Series trophy.
The Roxbury batting cage is part of a broader effort by the Red Sox Foundation to install new cages at youth and family centers throughout the City of Boston, addressing a need for access to practice facilities for kids participating in amateur baseball and softball programs.
This is the third batting cage to be installed by the Red Sox Foundation in Boston this year. In January, a batting cage in Mission Hill at the Boston Center for Youth and Family's Tobin location was installed, and earlier this week, a new batting cage was added at BCYF's Curtis Hall in Jamaica Plain. Both BCYF batting cages were made possible through a grant from the Youth Development Foundation, a partnership between Major league Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Two more cages are slated for installation at Boston centers in 2017, at BCYF's Paris Street location in East Boston, and at the Hyde Park Community Center.
Before January, the closest batting cage available to Boston-area youth was located in Watertown.
About the Red Sox Foundation:
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation has distributed over $94 million to support programs serving children and families across New England. The Foundation's efforts are primarily focused on its cornerstone programs: the Red Sox Scholars Program, which provides tutoring, mentoring, enrichment programs and a college scholarship to academically talented but economically disadvantaged Boston public school students; the Red Sox Foundation's RBI and Rookie League youth baseball and softball programs serving more than 1,500 inner city teens each summer; the New England Red Sox Service Scholarship program providing scholarships to high school seniors in CT, VT, ME, RI and NH based upon community service; the Massachusetts Little League Initiative supporting up to 200 little league teams in the Commonwealth, the Home Base Program, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital partnership providing clinical care for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress and traumatic brain injury; The Dimock Center in Roxbury, serving more than 60,000 low-income families in Boston's most disadvantaged neighborhoods; and The Jimmy Fund, supporting breakthrough cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.