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New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine becomes honorary life-time member of Allston youth club

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  December 28, 2011 11:37 AM

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(Nathan Fried-Lipski)

Children at the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston received holiday gifts courtesy of New Balance Thursday. Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine gave a brief talk and was presented a card signed by the children along with a life-time membership to the club from 11-year-old Ulysses Lebron, of Boston.

New Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine became an honorary life-time member of the West End House Boys and Girls Club in Allston after speaking there last week.

The veteran baseball manager, known for his support of charitable causes, also helped distribute holiday gifts to 80 children during the event Thursday afternoon at the youth club on Allston Street. The boys and girls received backpacks filled with New Balance apparel courtesy of the Brighton-based shoe company.

Boston Globe Red Sox reporter Peter Abraham attended the event, and in an account on boston.com's "Extra Bases" blog, said: "I tagged along wanting to ask him a few questions about the Red Sox. But I left much more impressed with the impact he had on the kids."

To read more about Valentine's visit with children in Allston, click here and here.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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