Former Red Sox reliever and South End Baseball alumnus Manny Delcarmen (left) posed with Robert Lewis, Jr., the vice president of The Boston Foundation (center), and the executive director of South End Baseball, Paul Rinkulis (right) on Opening Night 2009. (Photo by Rick Friedman/South End News)

Delcarmen, Stars, and South End Baseball

There’s a reason Manny Delcarmen’s name is being floated about a potential return to Boston, and that’s because you can never discount a favorite son returning home. The Hyde Park native and West Roxbury High School graduate was a second-round draft pick by Boston in 2000.  The pick made Delcarmen the first draftee from a Boston public high school in 34 years and he made his big-league debut for the Sox on July 26, 2005 against the Rays in Tampa. Anything that Delcarmen would do from that point on would be closely watched by local inner-city kids, hoping to follow his path.

Delcarmen has roots in South End Baseball’s Boston Astros, an experience that he said, “…changed my life and this is the best program in Boston right now, and I hope it gets stronger.” He recently returned for a fundraiser on opening night 2009, an event that also drew former Astros players like Minnesota Twins prospect Juan Carlos Portes and Celtics legend Tommy Heinsohn (who obviously was not an Astro). Everybody from Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd to Luis Tiant or Nate Robinson and CC Sabathia have been seen around South End Baseball events, whether they be fundraisers or the games themselves. It wasn’t always this high-profile, however, and despite the league’s small beginnings, South End Baseball has sprung so many great stories, on the diamond and away from it. Continue reading South End Baseball Success Stories: Delcarmen and Beyond »

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We’re always happy to pass along information for a good cause. In this case, David Ortiz is auctioning off his bat, batting gloves, and cleats worn during last week’s Home Run Derby. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the David Ortiz Children’s Fund.

To participate in the auction, click here.

Boston, MA – July 19, 2010 –  With one of the biggest swings in baseball, David Ortiz hit 32 Home Runs in the 2010 Home Run Derby and took home the title.   Now, fans and collectors across the country have the opportunity to own the gear used by David Ortiz during the Derby.

Showing that he also has one of the biggest hearts in the game, David Ortiz will auction off the bat, cleats and batting gloves he used to make history as the first Red Sox Slugger to hold the title.  All proceeds raised in the auction will benefit the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, a non-profit organization committed to providing critical pediatric services to children in New England and the Dominican Republic. Continue reading David Ortiz to Auction Home Run Derby Gear For Charity »

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David Ortiz Hosts Run For Hope

June 12, 2010 at 3:08pm in Charity, Red Sox
David Ortiz poses for photos at his fund raising Run for Hope on Saturday, June 12, 2010. (Photo by Justin Power)

With overcast skies and weathermen calling for galoshes, mother nature didn’t dare rain on this parade. On Saturday, Four Seasons Hotel in partnership with David Ortiz Children’s Fund hosted a 5k run and a 2k walk to benefit the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and the MGH Cancer Center. The turnout was huge, and participants and their families buzzed with excitement as they waited for the slugger to arrive at the Charles River Esplanade.

VIP guests included Isadore Sharp, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Founder, Chairman, and CEO, and Bill Taylor, the Hotel’s General Manager.

Just before 10 a.m., the crowd stirred as Big Papi emerged, looking cool and relaxed as usual, decked out in designer threads, shiny jewelery, and his trademark over sized sunglasses. A 12-2 thumping of the Phillies the night prior added a bounce to his step. Though photo opportunities were supposed to be limited to VIP’s, Ortiz gladly obliged the many in attendance, signing countless autographs and posing for even more pictures. Continue reading David Ortiz Hosts Run For Hope »

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RAFFLE LINK: https://www.celebritiesforcharity.org/raffles/cedric_celticsg4.cfm

Just passing along information for a good cause (we love doing that here at Sports of Boston). Two fans can win courtside seats to Game 4 of the NBA Finals at the TD Garden and meet Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell by entering a raffle for a good cause.

Details from the press release are listed below:

(Andover, MA) – June 3, 2010 – Two courtside tickets to game four of the 2010 NBA finals are being raffled off at www.netraffle.org. The grand prize includes two tickets to game four of the 2010 NBA Finals, photo opportunity with Boston Celtics legend Cedric Maxwell, as well as a Boston Celtics team autographed basketball. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Health & Education Services, Inc (HES) in their battle to help children suffering from addiction, physical abuse and depression.

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Just passing this note along again: Patriots running back Kevin Faulk is hosting a charity softball game at Brockton’s Campanelli Stadium to benefit the United Way. More information below…

Brockton, Mass. – New England Patriots’ running back Kevin Faulk is bringing his friends and teammates back to Campanelli Stadium, home of the Brockton Rox, on Saturday, May 15 for the 4th Annual Kevin Faulk Celebrity Softball Game, benefiting the United Way. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Continue reading Kevin Faulk, Patriots Return to Campanelli Stadium »

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Patriots running back Kevin Faulk is hosting a charity softball game at Brockton’s Campanelli Stadium to benefit the United Way. More information below…

Brockton, Mass. – New England Patriots’ running back Kevin Faulk is bringing his friends and teammates back to Campanelli Stadium, home of the Brockton Rox, on Saturday, May 15 for the 4th Annual Kevin Faulk Celebrity Softball Game, benefiting the United Way. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

The event will include a VIP Tailgate Party, which will be hosted at the Shaw’s Center and will begin at 5:00 p.m. VIP tailgaters will have access to an open beer and wine bar, and the opportunity to meet Kevin Faulk and the other celebrity participants. Rare sports memorabilia will be up for bidding during a silent auction, with proceeds going to the United Way. VIP tickets are $150 each, and include a reserved seat behind the dugout for the softball game. Continue reading Kevin Faulk and Patriots Return to Campanelli Stadium »

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Enter to Win Winter Classic 2010 Tickets!

December 29, 2009 at 5:15am in Bruins, Charity

Sports fans in Boston are looking forward to this Friday’s Winter Classic between the Bruins and Flyers at Fenway Park. You can enter a charity raffle to win two tickets to the Winter Classic. Wait…what?

Better yet, your entry into the raffle helps benefit the Celebrities for Charity Foundation and the Joey Fund. I don’t know any cooler opportunity out there!

Read on below for details. Good luck!

NetRaffle.org and the Joey Fund offers fans a chance to win Winter Classic Tickets!

One lucky fan will win tickets to the Winter Classic on New Years Day!

(Andover, MA) – December 28, 2009 – Celebrities for Charity and the Joey Fund is hosting an online raffle at www.netraffle.org to give one lucky fan a chance to win a once in a lifetime prize package. The grand prize package includes 4 tickets to the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day at Fenway Park. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit The Joey Fund and Celebrities for Charity. Continue reading Enter to Win Winter Classic 2010 Tickets! »

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