KIDS TAKE THE FIELD: Also this month, children from throughout New England will be selected to take the field with the Red Sox before each home game. Little League teams, softball teams, and kids camps will be among the groups selected to take the field with players.
When the Red Sox play the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday, June 25, eight children will be selected to take the field as winners of a photo contest on Instagram. Parents can submit a photo of their child, age 5-12, with their best baseball game face using the hashtag #SoxGameFace. Visit redsox.com/instagramrules for the official contest rules.
FROM KIDS CREW TO TOREY'S TIKES: Before each June game at Fenway Park, children will be selected to help with game-day duties, including working with Dave Mellor's grounds crew to put the bases on the field, helping Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo bring out the lineup card before the game, taking the game ball to the mound, and working in the Red Sox control room as guest DJ during Red Sox batting practice. (Parents with kids 10 and over can email firstname.lastname@example.org with the game they plan to attend for the chance to win the guest DJ spot for their child.)
MEET THE PLAYERS: Also, 10 children will be selected to meet Red Sox players in June. Fans can submit a "Vine" video to the @redsox twitter account showing their child's batting stance in Red Sox gear or an impersonation of a current Red Sox player's stance or wind-up and delivery. The selected children will meet a player on June 9 or 29.
CHILD-HOOD HEROES: A child who has overcome adversity or made a contribution to the community will also be honored during each Fenway Park pre-game ceremony in June as part of the "Child-Hood Heroes" program.
A NEW CLASS OF RED SOX SCHOLARS: The 10th Anniversary of the Red Sox Scholars program presented by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will be celebrated June 9, when a new class of 7th graders receives college scholarships. The program, which won Major League Baseball's first-ever Commissioner's Award for Philanthropic Excellence, has now selected 230 Boston city school children since its inception in 2003.
KIDS RUN THE BASES: All kids attending the game Sunday afternoon, June 9, are invited to run the bases after the game.
KIDS PRESS CONFERENCE: After the game on Sunday afternoon, June 30, selected children will hold a pre-game press conference with Red Sox players.
KIDS GEAR COLLECTION OF BASEBALL EQUIPMENT: On June 7, 8, and 9, fans are invited to donate new and used baseball and softball equipment to children in Massachusetts. It's the 9th annual collection at Fenway Park by the partnership that includes the Red Sox, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, and Kids Gear for Baseball.
COVER BOY…RYAN DEMPSTER: The June edition of Red Sox Magazine features Ryan Dempster and his son, Brady, on the cover; an article by nationally-recognized teen reporter Meggie Zahneis; a first-person account of his childhood by Shane Victorino, and a piece about the accomplishments of various young players.
WALLY'S FRIENDS TO VISIT FENWAY: On the last two days of the month, Wally the Green Monster will receive visits from the mascots of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics. Arizona's D. Baxter the Bobcat and Oakland's Stomper the Elephant will meet children, sign autographs, and take photos.
RED SOX KID NATION FINALE: On that final day of the month, members of Red Sox Kid Nation will line the warning track for a pre-game ceremony, receive prizes during the game, and be among those selected for the Kids Press Conference.
AFCA AND FBI RECOGNITION FOR JONNY GOMES: Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes will be honored tomorrow by the American Football Coaches Association and Federal Bureau of Investigation National Child ID Program before the game for donating $25,000 to sponsor Child ID Kits. Gomes will receive an award from the National Child ID Program recognizing his community service and partnership.
For more information about Calling All Kids month, visit redsox.com/calendar or call Red Sox Fan Services, 617-226-6831.