In 2004 and 2007, following their historic World Series wins, Red Sox owners, management and players, along with representatives of Massachusetts General Hospital visited Walter Reed Medical Center and met hospitalized Veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Red Sox organization was deeply moved by the visit, and sought to make a deeper, sustained commitment to serve our returning Veterans and their Families. With guidance from their colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Department of Defense, the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and others, the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program was created.
The Red Sox vigorously promotes Home Base services during New England Sports Network (NESN) broadcasts; and owners, team management, players and their spouses are active in promoting the program throughout Red Sox Nation.
Home Base is generously funded through contributions from donors, and the philanthropic partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. The Red Sox Foundation hosts the program’s principal fund raiser, the annual Run to Home Base at Fenway Park. Home Base is generously supported in part by the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and Welcome Back Veterans (WBV), an initiative of the McCormick Foundation and Major League Baseball.