BOSTON, June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boston Red Sox and HP Hood today welcomed more than 30 members of Red Sox Kid Nation to Fenway Park for a baseball clinic with all-star relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon. The Kid Nation clinic participants were chosen at random from the 12,000-plus-member fan club, which is composed of children from all 50 states and 11 different countries. Their day at Fenway started with lunch and was followed by an hour-long on-field baseball tip session with Papelbon. "This is what it's all about-hanging with our young fans, talking about baseball," said Papelbon. "It's awesome that Hood and the Red Sox have created this fan club just for kids and given them the chance to spend time on the field at Fenway." In addition to the clinic, the participants were given a tour of the Red Sox dugout and got to meet Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster and Hood mascot Coco the Cow. "Membership in Kid Nation has almost doubled in size since the program was first introduced in 2004," said Lynne Bohan, VP of Public Relations for HP Hood. "These are some of the greatest young fans in baseball, and we're excited to be able to give them a chance to get up close and personal with one of the best pitchers in baseball." When Red Sox Kid Nation Presented by Hood launched in 2004, it became the first Red Sox fan club for children in team history. Kid Nation is now the largest Kids' Club in all of Major League Baseball. "The Red Sox are proud of the growth of Red Sox Kid Nation, and we are just as proud of our long-standing partnership with HP Hood," said Joe Januszewski, VP of Corporate Partnerships for the Boston Red Sox. "Hood has shared the vision of our outreach to New England area children from day one, and their Home Team Advantage(TM) program has been a model of consistent corporate giving." This year, members received a welcome kit that included a collectible lunch box, an official Kid Nation hat and an official membership card. Members were also given an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets for the new Conigliaro's Corner seating area and receive discounts on game tickets and various attractions throughout New England. Five percent of all Kid Nation membership fees benefit children's hospitals throughout New England via the Hood Home Team Advantage program. Children 14 and younger may join Red Sox Kid Nation by filling out an application online at http://www.redsox.com/kidnation, by calling (888) REDSOX6 or by visiting the Kid Nation World Headquarters at Fenway Park. About Hood Hood was founded in 1846 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, by Harvey Perley Hood, and has become one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States. Hood is the number-one dairy brand in New England, and Hood's portfolio of national and super-regional brands and franchise products includes Kemps, Crowley Foods, LACTAID, Nesquik, Coffee-mate, Stonyfield Farm Organic Milk and others. For more than a century, Hood has remained committed to supporting local, civic, educational, cultural and charitable programs in the communities in which it serves.
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