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Sox Center Fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Hands Out School Supplies to Boston Students

Recipients of Red Sox Scholars Program received supplies for the school year



    Red Sox player Jackie Bradley Jr. handed out school supplies to recipients of the Red Sox Scholars Program on Tuesday. (Published Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016)

    The Target store near Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, was packed with kids picking up school supplies on Monday from Red Sox center fielder, Jackie Bradley Jr.

    "I'm just here to show them I'm just a normal person just like them," Bradley Jr. said.

    To the Boston school students, Bradley Jr. passing out school supplies is a big deal.

    "I've never been this up close to any superstars," Eduardo Souza said.

    The All-Star player spent the day at the Target giving out book bags filled with paper, trapper keepers, and pencil holders. The lucky kids all came from the Red Sox Scholars program.

    "Most of these kids are from urban areas and they don't have this opportunity all the time so it's great, said Lajuan Allen.

    A previous student, Allen joined the program back in 2007 after winning a scholarship through the organization.

    That scholarship gave him a dream he never thought would come true.

    "I didn't really know if I was going to be able to go to college or not," Allen said. "My mom didn't go. My father was never in my life. College never really came up in the conversation until I won my scholarship in the 5th grade."

    Hearing stories like this is one of the reasons why Bradley Jr. said he doesn't mind taking a break from outfield and impacting the classroom.

    "I didn't always have everything I needed but with determination and people lean on to support it can be done," Bradley Jr. said.

    For more information on the Red Sox Scholars program, you can visit their website.

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