Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox established the first of its kind White Sox Volunteer Corps, which brings together thousands of fans, players, coaches, and club executives to assist underserved Chicago neighborhoods through volunteer work.
Since it was founded in 2009, the Corps has logged more than 17,000 hours of service, including participating in blood drives that have helped save up to 1,200 lives; repacking more than 150,000 pounds of food that has fed approximately 40,000 hungry families and individuals in Chicago; and taking part in renovation and beautification projects for Chicago public schools and Boys & Girls Club locations.
Several other teams in Major League Baseball and the National Football League have replicated the Corps model.
“The White Sox have operated under the principle that professional sports teams have a responsibility to give back to their communities,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, Chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “We are honored to be recognized for our work in this area and will continue to galvanize our fans and other supporters to be local changemakers through their community service.”