Janelle Lopez

Janelle Lopez

I am happy to share that I will be running the 2018 Boston Marathon as a member of the Red Sox Foundation team. While this will be my fourth marathon, I could not be more excited to take to the streets of my hometown and run my first Boston Marathon!

The nonprofit Red Sox Foundation is the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox. Their primary focus is in serving the health, education, recreation, and social service needs of children and families in need across New England. I am honored to have the opportunity to raise funds for the Red Sox Foundation as I take on this 26.2 mile journey.

Funds raised from the Red Sox Foundation Marathon team support the Red Sox Scholars and RBI Youth Baseball/Softball programs, New England Red Sox Service Scholarships, and Massachusetts Little League Initiative serving at-risk children and families.

Thank you in advance for your support and encouragement!

ABOUT THE RED SOX FOUNDATION

As the official team charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation is committed to using the passion fans have for this team to strengthen programs for at-risk children in our community. Proceeds from our events will benefit our Red Sox Scholars and RBI Youth Baseball & Softball cornerstone programs:

The Red Sox Scholars presented by BIDMC is a college scholarship and enrichment program managed by the Red Sox Foundation. With the selection of the newest class in May of 2016, the Red Sox Foundation has opened the doors of opportunity to 262 academically talented, economically disadvantaged students from the Boston Public School District. Selected to the program in middle school, the Red Sox Foundation awards each Scholar a $10,000 college scholarship, redeemable upon enrollment in an accredited college or university and successful completion of the program. In addition to the scholarship funds, becoming a Red Sox Scholar offers students the unique opportunity to participate in a variety of service projects, enrichment activities, and career exploration field trips throughout middle and high school.

The goal of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) is to increase participation in baseball and softball, encourage school attendance and achievement, develop self-esteem and life skills, instill values of teamwork, tolerance, and respect for others and teach safe and healthy choices to at-risk youth. Organized by the Red Sox Foundation, the RBI program serves 700 inner-city boys and girls, aged 9-18, from Brighton, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Mission Hill, the North and South Ends, Roslindale, Roxbury, South Boston, and West Roxbury. In addition to the sport itself, the Red Sox Foundation program underscores the importance of good decision-making. We seek to ensure that every boy or girl participating in the program will have a stronger sense of themselves and their future potential.

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