- Volunteer Corps
- Youth Baseball
- In the Community
- Military Initiatives
- Chicago White Sox Charities
A FAN BASE ACTIVATED.
A CITY TRANSFORMED.
About the Volunteer Corps
A signature program for the White Sox, the Volunteer Corps serves as a way to unite White Sox fans through service opportunities within our community. The White Sox Volunteer Corps was created by the Chicago White Sox in response to President Obama's call for Americans to better their communities through service. The team organizes community service events that incorporate support from players and coaches, staff and members of the volunteer group to serve shoulder to shoulder to make a positive and lasting impact in our community.
Nearly 8,000 Sox fans and community-focused Chicagoans have signed up for the Volunteer Corps since its inception. The first day of service, on May 9, 2009, saw more than 300 volunteers working together to restore two local Boys & Girls Club sites. Since then members of the Corps have participated in several other events, including blood donor drives, park clean-ups in partnership with the Chicago Park District and food re-packing sessions at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Join the Volunteer Corps
To sign up for the White Sox Volunteer Corps, for updates on scheduled service events or for more information on White Sox community service efforts and our charity partners, please click on the button below to fill out the form at whitesox.com/volunteercorps. The White Sox will contact you with further details.
Southpaw made his Major League debut on June 13, 2004. Some people think he's an alligator, frog or even a dirty sock. Those are all really goofy, but he's none of those. Southpaw is a fuzzy green dude that loves the Chicago White Sox. Southpaw's favorite snack is Ants on a Log. No, not real ants (he's not an anteater, silly), but the snack with celery, peanut butter and raisins.
He had a pet rock once, but he rolled away. Click on the button below to get more information on everyone's fuzzy friend.
Chicago White Sox Youth Baseball Initiatives
The White Sox are committed to giving all children the opportunity to enjoy the game of baseball and a chance at a better life - something that can be a challenge in the midst of the violence that engulfs Chicago's South side.
With this philosophy as a guiding light, White Sox Charities continues to fund a number of youth baseball programs to keep kids off the streets and engaged in the classroom. These programs support inner-city youth of all ages and playing skills on and off the field from recreation and intermediate levels to highly-competitive travel teams.
Amateur City Elite (ACE)
In 2007, the White Sox created the Amateur City Elite (ACE) program designed to provide resources and hope to more than 100 inner city youth each year, kids who might not otherwise be able to keep up with the travel team culture that has permeated today's youth baseball.
ACE operates with three clear goals:
- Identify and develop high-caliber inner-city baseball talent that otherwise might not be able to play at the collegiate and professional levels without proper structure, support and exposure
- Reverse and correct the trend of reduced participation by African-Americans in baseball
- Prepare participants to succeed in life far beyond baseball
Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI)
The Chicago White Sox RBI program, in affiliation with Major League Baseball's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) and the Chicago Park District, is a youth outreach program intended to motivate children in and out of the classroom with fundamentals learned through baseball.
Youth in the 13-18 age groups of all skill levels have the chance to be in a free and safe environment where they are taught baseball and learn lessons such as teamwork along the way. The program is meant to increase knowledge and participation in both baseball and softball.
Inner City Youth Baseball
The Mission of the Inner City Youth Baseball (ICYB) program is to provide free, safe structured recreational baseball programming during the summer months to inner city youth age 9-12 who may not have the financial resources and support to play baseball.
The league reaches youth living in under-served communities, including all of the Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) major family housing developments and the CHA's scattered-site housing.
Double Duty Classic
Each summer, the White Sox organization hosts the Double Duty Classic, an annual All-Star game that honors Negro Leaguer Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe. This showcase event features members of the ACE program and other elite inner-city high school players from across the country.
The Double Duty Classic celebrates the history and tradition of Negro League Baseball in Chicago and recreates and honors the old Negro League East-West All- Star Game. It also includes a special forum, attended by former Negro Leaguers, Major Leaguers and media luminaries to educate participating players on the rich history and impact the African-American community has had on the game of baseball and the importance of education.
Click on the button below for more information on each of our Youth Baseball programs.
In the Community
Sox Serve Week
This event serves as the White Sox annual fundraising and community outreach campaign. The goal of Sox Serve Week is to engage fans attending games and those following along from home through community outreach events featuring current players, auctions, unique fundraising activities and more. Each day highlights a different giving area of White Sox Charities and will feature a community outreach activity and a fundraising event.
Sox Serve Week
The White Sox make a significant effort every season to be present throughout the city of Chicago. Partnering with Lurie's Children's Hospital, Comer Children's Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House, White Sox players and coaches visit with patients and staff many times each year.
Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu launched "Abreu's Amigos" in 2015, a community program with the Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago (ESMC) Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research. The program's mission is to provide opportunities for students with special needs to develop social skills in a recreational setting through field trips to the ballpark. The visits are crafted to support social development for the students, as research shows that extracurricular activity can increase levels of social engagement and self confidence in individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Abreu donated $10,000 to ESMC to kick off the program in its first year.
The White Sox family includes former players who serve as team ambassadors through our Speakers' Bureau, making hundreds of community outreach appearances each year. White Sox legends including Ron Kittle, Dan Pasqua, Carlos May, Mike Huff, Bill Melton and Donn Pall extend the team's reach by spreading good will across generations all year round.
The White Sox are committed to recognizing the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces who protect our freedom each and every day.
True Hero Program
The White Sox are proud to support men and women of our nation's armed services throughout the season by honoring a True Hero of the Game. On select game days, heroes are invited to the ballpark to receive on-field recognition during White Sox home games. The special experience also includes viewing pre-game batting practice, player meet and greets, and premium White Sox seats for the hero and guests.
Sox Serve Week - Southpaw's Birthday
In celebration of Southpaw's 12th birthday on June 12th, the White Sox hosted families served by USO of Illinois and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (T.A.P.S) to a birthday party during the game. Families were able to participate in birthday games hosted by White Sox players' wives, enjoy birthday cake and meet Southpaw along with all of his mascot friends. The White Sox also hosted a toy drive at all gates and all toys collected were donated to USO of Illinois and T.A.P.S.
USO Care Package Event
The White Sox Volunteer Corps collaborated with USO of Illinois to send 100 care packages to military personnel overseas. Packages included White sox gear, toiletries, snacks and handwritten notes from volunteers thanking them for their service.
In honor of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance the White Sox hosted military personnel and their families in the Upper Terrace suite during the game versus the Kansas City Royals. Tickets were provided complimentary and lunch was donated by Papa John's Pizza. The families enjoyed in game visits from White Sox greats Harold Baines, Carlos May and Bill Melton.
Veteran Visit - Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
White Sox legends Harold Baines and Bill Melton visited military veterans at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. The duo met over 50 veterans and left them with White Sox memorabilia to thank them for their service to our country.
Spring Training - Camelback Ranch, Glendale, AZ
Auburn Gresham native and long-time White Sox fan Staff Sergeant Martin Sides as well as four members of Glendale's Luke Air Force Base visited Camelback Ranch. The group retrieved fly balls during batting practice and stayed to enjoy the game against the Dodgers.
White Sox players Scott Carroll and Nate Jones received a tour of the base and met with men and women who serve there. The White Sox presence on the base continues as an autographed jersey is on display in the fighter pilot break room.
Luke Air Force Base members joined White Sox team photographer Ron Vesely for an action photo day seminar at Camelback Ranch.
Airmen from the 62nd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base visited Camelback Ranch. They participated in drills with the team and heard from White Sox Legend, Bo Jackson on leadership and team building.
Chicago White Sox Charities Events
Family Field Day
This memorable event gives fans the opportunity to experience U.S. Cellular Field just like a White Sox player. Warm up in the bullpens, play catch in the outfield, take a family photo from home plate and more!
Picnic in the Park
Fans have the opportunity to join their favorite White Sox Players on U.S. Cellular Field after a game for an exclusive autograph session. This event allows fans to eat dinner, drink cocktails and watch a fireworks show, all in the outfield!
Field of Greens
Field of Greens helps Chicago White Sox Charities continue our support of programs committed to finding a cure for pediatric cancer. All proceeds from the event will benefit pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital. The 2014 event raised over $105,000 for pediatric cancer research and treatment programs.