White Sox Charities provides financial and emotional support to hundreds of Chicago-based organizations, including those leading the fight against cancer, dedicated to improving the lives of youth through education and health and wellness programs, and those offering support to children and families in crisis. With the generous support of White Sox fans, friends and sponsors, White Sox Charities has donated more than $18 million since its inception in 1990, striving to improve the quality of life or Chicagoans of all ages, races and genders.
MORE THAN $18 MILLION DONATED
In 2009, the Chicago White Sox began a partnership with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to create the Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The Chicago White Sox Community Fund is supported through a major grant from Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) and matching funds provided by the McCormick Foundation. Through the Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, $660,000 in grants was awarded to 29 Chicagoland non-profit organizations in 2013. In addition to the Chicago White Sox Community Fund grants, Chicago White Sox Charities awarded $119,500 to seven agencies providing services throughout the community.
Grants, coupled with other charitable donations, move the team's total giving to more than $18 million for nonprofit organizations since the inception of White Sox Charities.
The grant recipients represent a list of causes and organizations across the Chicago metropolitan area that are committed to the fight against cancer, dedicated to improving the lives of youth through education, assisting at-risk children and families and supporting health and wellness programs.
White Sox Charities also contributed nearly $861,000 to support the White Sox urban youth baseball initiatives and to fund non-profit organizations such as City Year Chicago and the Jackie Robinson Foundation, bringing the total amount of charitable donations in the past year to $1.64 million.
"Our grant recipients all have displayed a remarkable commitment to the betterment of the community," said Christine O'Reilly, senior director of community relations. "We are thrilled to provide funding to organizations so devoted to improving the lives of countless Chicagoans."
All 37 organizations receiving grants were recognized during a special on-field ceremony prior to the April 24th White Sox game with White Sox manager Robin Ventura and White Sox Charities President Scott Reifert, along with Robert R. McCormick Foundation President and CEO David Hiller.