With the economy struggling, and many Red Sox fans not being able to attend games in person this season, David Ortiz has stepped in to make sure families can experience Fenway Park for free this year.
Ortiz has created the “Papi Cares 2009″ program, which will provide families with financial trouble the opportunity to attend a game at Fenway Park this season. A different family will be chosen for all 81 regular season home games.
“These are tough times and it is important that we all step up and find ways to help each other,” said Ortiz. “Baseball is a family game and the ‘Papi Cares’ program will give special families an opportunity to spend time together at the ballpark.”
Each selected family will receive four right field box tickets along with a $50 food voucher from ARAMARK. Ortiz will purchase the tickets for every game, and also give “Big Papi” shirts, and a Red Sox gift bag to the families.
“David’s generosity is legendary among his family, friends and fans. No one is surprised that when he saw a need, he decided to do something about it and do it in a big way,” said Red Sox owner John Henry. “The ‘Papi Cares 2009’ program represents the true spirit of what it means to be a Boston Red Sox and we are proud to play a small part in David’s effort to bring joy to families in need.”
The ‘Papi Cares 2009’ families will be selected from various community groups and non-profit organizations throughout New England. Inquiries can be sent to the Red Sox via email (Fanfeedback@redsox.com), or letter (‘Papi Cares 2009’ c/o Boston Red Sox, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215).