The Lindos Sueños program strives to bring people of different backgrounds together through the common appeal of baseball and community service.
Since 2004, teens of varying socioeconomic backgrounds have been chosen to participate in the program. Ten of the selected teens chosen to participate each year are from the United States; the remaining ten are from the Dominican Republic. Once selected for the program, the American teens travel to the Dominican Republic, where they meet their Dominican teammates for the first time. And for two weeks each summer, these participants work together each morning on a community service project in a Dominican community and play baseball together each afternoon.
While the teens do not always understand the language of their fellow teammates, over the course of the two weeks, they learn that their love of the game of baseball, and their understanding of the importance of community service can serve as a unifier of people of all backgrounds, and cultures.
The Red Sox created this Lindos Sueños in 2004, at the suggestion of a mom, fan, and philanthropist. The Red Sox Foundation funds the program.
More information about the program (including the program staff, photos from previous years' trips, and the application process) can be found by exploring this site. For additional questions, please contact email@example.com.