CVS Caremark, Boston Red Sox provide veterans with day of celebration at Fenway Park

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — To honor the nation’s heroes and recognize them for their service, CVS Caremark and the Boston Red Sox recently teamed up to provide veterans of all abilities from across New England a batting practice and baseball skills camp at Fenway Park.

Through the CVS Caremark Baseball Camp, the veterans received tips from the Boston Red Sox hitting staff Tim Hyers and Victor Rodriguez, took swings at the Green Monster and had lunch in the Red Sox dugout. The veterans also were provided exclusive access to the ballpark during a VIP tour, and received tickets to the evening’s game against the Chicago Cubs, courtesy of CVS Caremark, in the CVS/pharmacy Family seating section. The camp was hosted by CVS Caremark.

The veterans who participated were invited by CVS Caremark through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs New England Adaptive Sports Program. The program operates through the VA Boston Healthcare System.

“It is an honor to bring these proud servicemen and women to Fenway Park for a special baseball camp experience, especially as we get ready to celebrate the 4th of July,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate social responsibility and philanthropy for CVS Caremark. “This is CVS Caremark’s fourth season of partnering with the Red Sox on this initiative and, each year, we find ourselves humbled and inspired by the veterans who participate.”

“We are so grateful to CVS Caremark for making this initiative possible for the fourth year in a row,” stated Jenny McLaughlin, adaptive sports case manager of the VA Boston Healthcare System. “Our veterans look forward to this event each year and love the opportunity to spend some time together, get expert baseball advice and spend a day on the field at Fenway Park.”  

Over the years, CVS Caremark has provided charitable support to a range of veteran-focused initiatives. The company has supported military and veteran-focused organizations, including the National Guard, Fisher House, Operation Military Embrace and the USO. The company has also worked with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program to identify and hire veterans, has established a colleague resource group for veterans — called Valor — within CVS Caremark, and has hosted a series of football skills camps and golf clinics for veterans.

 

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