The starter pistol sounds in July at Fenway Park in Boston, setting off the Run to Home Base – one of the signature events for Home Base, a program created by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. For the last nine years, this event has brought together thousands of people who rally to partake in a day filled with activities aimed at supporting at-risk veterans and their families. As a long-standing, major sponsor of the race, nearly 200 of our employees and volunteers will walk, run, and help assemble 1,000 care packages to show their support for troops in need.
Care packages bring a sense of home
Shampoo, batteries, and Boston Red Sox-branded 3D stickers – these may seem like simple, everyday items to some, but to deployed soldiers these items, when packaged together, bring a sense of home. That’s why each year our company sponsors a Military Appreciation booth at the event where hundreds of volunteers stop by and put together care packages for soldiers around the globe to give them that slice of home. In the last nine years, over 500 of our volunteers have helped assemble 7,646 care packages for our troops during this annual event.
5K and 9K races
In addition to assembling care packages, our volunteers also participate in the event’s 9K/5K races. Included in that group of participants are employees who take part in our Warrior Integration Program. Founded in 2008, the program supports the career development of wounded veterans and gives them a chance to give back at events throughout the year.
“This event has helped me tremendously over the years and really gives you a feeling that you’re part of something bigger,” said Alan Kenneally, program manager for the Warrior Integration Program at BAE Systems. “There are a lot of veterans that need help and this encourages them to know that it is readily available to them.”
Also in the last nine years, more than 500 of our employees have participated in the 9K and 5K races, running or walking 2,446 miles.
A mission dedicated to healing
Through the Run Home Base event, the Home Base program has raised more than $13 million to support its mission, which focuses on helping service members and veterans from all branches of service, including the National Guard and Reserve, and their families heal from the invisible wounds of war, such as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress.
“What the Home Base program does is incredible,” added Kenneally, who is participating in the race for the seventh straight year. “It doesn’t matter where you are, if you contact them, they will give you whatever help you need.”
As an annual sponsor of the race, we have contributed more than $654,249 in support of that effort. We look forward to another successful event on July 28, where we can further show our support to such an impactful cause.