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Hingham High School wins Red Sox donation campaign for second year

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  May 9, 2012 04:30 PM

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HHS student athletes (from left) Shauna Sullivan, Ryan Linehan, Rob Madden, Kevin Minassian and Elizabeth Sypek were honored at a pre-game ceremony before a Red Sox-Athletics game at Fenway Park last week.

Hingham High School has once again surpassed local schools by donating the largest amount of used baseball and softball equipment to “Double Play,” a campaign organized by Jordan’s Furniture and the Red Sox Foundation.

Hingham High won the inaugural contest last year and repeated the feat this time around, contributing used equipment for the Reviving Baseball in the Inner City Program, which helps underprivileged kids get involved in playing ball.

As a prize for collecting and donating more than any other school, Jordan’s Furniture presented Hingham High with a $2,500 gift certificate to purchase new furniture for the teacher’s lounge.

Next week, the Red Sox Foundation will also send Wally the Green Monster and both World Series trophies to make a special appearance at Hingham High on Friday, May 18 at 11:15 a.m.

Several Hingham High students and administrators also were welcomed at a pre-game ceremony on April 30 for their contributions, where the Sox won their only game during last week’s home stand.

“This project gave us another chance to help support an important cause," said HHS Assistant Principal Rick Swanson, who coordinated the efforts at the high school.

More importantly than the reward for Hingham students and faculty was the award for inner city students, who Swanson said will hopefully greatly benefit from the equipment that previously was just collecting dust in Hingham garages.

"The Red Sox Foundation and Major League Baseball have taken on the urgent task of expanding athletic opportunities for children growing up in inner-city communities and we ought to help them in whatever ways we can. The opportunity to participate in sports can - and should - be a part of everybody's childhood. There's so much that can be learned on a baseball diamond. Every American boy and girl should have the chance to experience these things regardless of where they grow up. The RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner City) Program is making that happen both in Boston and elsewhere across the country. At Hingham High School we're glad to be joining with Jordan's Furniture in supporting those efforts," Swanson said in a release.

The award comes closely on the heels of a visit by another Boston athlete – Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, who came to speak about climate change and recycling for National Geographic’s “Beyond the Puck” web series.

The video of his visit can be seen here.

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