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WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark paid tribute to disabled veterans from New England with a batting camp and full-day experience at Fenway Park in Boston on Aug. 7.
The Fenway Park opportunity marked an extension of CVS Caremarkʼs national philanthropic All Kids Can program, which aims to make life easier for children with disabilities. The special camp, which took place during Fenway Parkʼs 100th anniversary season, was a joint endeavor between CVS Caremark and the Boston Red Sox.
The veterans worked closely with Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan, met Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, took photos in front of the Green Monster, ate lunch in the Red Sox dugout, had a VIP tour of the park and enjoyed the evening's game as guests of CVS.
The veterans who participated in the CVS Caremark Baseball Camp are from “Team Chowdah” and were brought together through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs New England Adaptive Sports Program — operated through the VA Boston Healthcare System.
“It’s an honor to meet these men and women who have sacrificed so much to serve and protect our country, and to see them enjoying one of America’s favorite pastimes,” said Eileen Howard Boone, SVP corporate communications and community relations for CVS Caremark. “This is our second season of partnering with the Red Sox on creating a special day for the veterans at Fenway and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Our goal is to provide these athletes with a day of fun and baseball at this iconic ballpark.”
The CVS Caremark Baseball Camp is one of 10 that CVS Caremark scheduled at Fenway this baseball season for individuals with disabilities. The other nine camps focus on children as part of CVS Caremark’s All Kids Can program, which helps children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life. The camps are part of a continued partnership between CVS Caremark and the Boston Red Sox, demonstrating their shared commitment to local individuals with disabilities.