BOSTON – Sept. 17, 2015 – Red Sox fans have something else to cheer about now that the Red Sox Foundation and CITGO, along with its local branded Marketers and Retailers, are joining forces to further help underserved youth in the Boston area. With a $2,500 donation of CITGO Gift Cards, the foundation can now provide transportation for youth involved in its two key efforts - the Red Sox Scholars Program, which has awarded 250 students with college scholarships since inception in 2003, and the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program aimed toward teaching at-risk children about non-violent conflict resolution, resistance to drugs and alcohol, health and fitness, and educational achievement through the game of baseball.
“By bringing together CITGO and the Red Sox Foundation, we can truly make a difference in the lives of youth in the Boston community,” said Tim Wakefield, Honorary Chairman, Red Sox Foundation. “From providing scholarships and activities for our Red Sox Scholars to teaching life lessons through baseball to thousands of children each year in our RBI program, the Foundation is grateful to partners like CITGO whose support allows us to continue these initiatives and fulfill our mission.”
This donation is just one way that CITGO and its local Marketers and Retailers are implementing the CITGO Fueling Good® program, which encourages everyone to get involved in their community and share the responsibility for improving the lives of others.
“Most Bostonians associate CITGO with baseball since our iconic sign resides near Fenway Park,” said Alan Flagg, CITGO Assistant Vice President of Supply and Marketing. “By working with the Red Sox Foundation and supporting area youth, we are also demonstrating how we fuel good in our local communities each and every day, even during the off season.”
To learn more about the Red Sox Foundation and how you can get involved, visit www.redsoxfoundation.org. For more about how CITGO is fueling good in the community, visit www.fuelinggood.com.
About the Red Sox Foundation
The official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation harnesses the power of Red Sox Nation to support select programs serving at risk children and families across New England. The Foundation’s efforts are primarily focused on cornerstone programs, including 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 and the Red Sox Foundation’s RBI and Rookie League youth baseball program serving more than 2,000 inner city teens each summer. The team charity also supports the new Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress disorders and traumatic brain injury, a GED program at The Dimock Center in Roxbury and lifesaving cancer research through The Jimmy Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
A 501c3 nonprofit organization, the Red Sox Foundation raises most of its funds through special events and charitable donations. Founded and initially funded by Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry and Chairman Tom Werner, and their partners, the Red Sox Foundation has won numerous awards for the impact of its innovative programs. In 2009, the Red Sox Foundation was also honored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Sports Philanthropy Project with the Patterson Award as the nation’s “Best Team Charity in Sports,” and in 2010 the Red Sox Scholars Program won the inaugural Commissioners Award for Philanthropic Excellence. For more information about the Red Sox Foundation, please visit www.redsoxfoundation.org.
CITGO is committed to giving back to the local communities it serves through its network of locally owned CITGO locations. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in Massachusetts own and operate more than 100 CITGO locations and are proud to support their communities and organizations such as the Red Sox Foundation. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO stations, visit www.fuelinggood.com.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.