For the seventh straight year, we are teaming up with the Boston Red Sox and Lindos Sueños (beautiful dreams) to send U.S. teens to the Dominican Republic where they will perform community service and play baseball alongside 10 teammates from across the Dominican Republic. As in the six previous trips, the 20 teens will serve a community in need each morning and will spend each afternoon playing baseball at the Red Sox Dominican Academy. We donated roundtrip flights (direct from Boston to Santo Domingo) for all 10 teens and members of the Lindos Sueños staff. Red Sox mascot, Wally the Green Monster greeted the students and Customers in Terminal C at BOS on Tuesday. Refreshments were served and Flight #691 began boarding at 10 a.m. for SDQ.
In 2010, the Lindos Sueños participants — 10 American teens and 10 Dominican teens — will visit Futuro Vivo, a school located in the town of Guerra, which focuses on the education of children and families in the poorest communities. While at Futuro Vivo, the children will refurbish a baseball field, paint and repair outdoor furniture, and spend time with the children from the school. Futuro Vivo was created 20 years ago and today serves over 900 children in need from towns neighboring the Red Sox Dominican Academy.
Each afternoon, the program participants will play baseball together at the Red Sox Dominican Academy. The teens will practice on professional baseball fields, and will compete together against teams from neighboring towns in the Dominican. The participants’ instruction will be overseen by Red Sox Director of Dominican Academy, Jesus Alou. Alou, a native of the Dominican Republic, played 15 seasons in the major leagues with the Giants, Astros, Athletics, and Mets, and at one time played in the same major league outfield alongside his brothers Felipe and Matty.
Similar to the six previous trips, the program will be primarily funded by a donation to the Red Sox Foundation and from the Charles Engelhard Foundation. JetBlue, Banco BHD, the official bank of Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox in the Dominican Republic, and David and Tiffany Ortiz contributed to this year’s program.