It’s always special to see organizations from different sports leagues, and sometimes even competing teams, come together during times of need when dire real world situations intervene on the sporting world.
That’s the case this weekend in Boston and Florida where multiple sports franchises are getting together to raise money for the recovery effort at the same time that Hurricane Irma mercilessly pounds the Sunshine State on Sunday. The Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Rays are all joining together this weekend to raise money for the relief efforts that will be considerable once the massive tropical storm has come and gone.
Bruins players Noel Acciari, Kenny Agostino, Patrice Bergeron, Brandon Carlo, Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Paul Postma, Ryan Spooner and others are planning to join members of the Red Sox, Panthers and Rays at the gates of Fenway Park to collect donations before and during the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox game slated for this afternoon. Krug tweeted about it on Sunday morning before heading over to Fenway in a Boston/Florida team-up that undoubtedly involved Shawn Thornton with strong connections to three of the four organizations involved.
All donations from Fenway Park will go to support the Red Cross in assisting the region of South Florida currently hunkering down and bracing for Irma, and with the members of the Panthers organization also training in Boston for the weekend. The Boston Bruins Foundation has committed to match the total funds raised at the gates.
For those that won’t be at the Sox/Rays game and are still looking to donate, the website for the Red Cross is only a click away and is always on the ground ready to help out during these times of turmoil.