O CAPTAINS - Cotuit resident Aaron Kanzer
(back row, second from left), is in his
second season as a Red Sox
Kid Nation Captain and this summer, along with fellow captains, he
is helping the Red Sox with a back-to-school fundraiser, while getting a peek at what his
future could bring.
Anyone who doubts that Aaron Kanzer
is a true baseball fan obviously hasn't met him.
Not only is the Cotuit lad's room adorned with memorabilia from various games and events; Kanzer's knowledge and skills have earned him a spot as an intern for the Kettleers
most prestigious "job" regarding the sport, however, has been that of captain in Red Sox Kid Nation.
was named to the position last year after winning a campaign and an essay contest.
entered Kid Nation in the hopes of deals on tickets.
After learning about the Kid Nation campaign, though, Kanzer was on board.
As a Kid Nation captain, Kanzer
has gotten to see some games, and he
has also met and actually worked with Red Sox Nation
President Jerry Remy, has visited the main offices of Fenway Park and has assisted the Red Sox Foundation
in its charitable drives.
Last winter, as part of his
duties as a Kid Nation captain, Kanzer
held a collection drive of coats, hats, scarves, boots and other winter gear.
Called "Warm Up Winter," the event helped support Cradles to Crayons, an organization that HP Hood and the Boston Red Sox have partnered with for a "Kids Helping Kids" community service program.
On June 21 Kanzer
returned to Fenway Park for a daylong event to kick off the next fundraising event.
"It was a fallout meeting from the charitable drive in November to introduce new event for this year - 'Middle O' (middle school orientation)," Kanzer
Kid Nation captains, HP Hood and the Red Sox
will be collecting school supplies for underprivileged kids in Boston.
The supplies will then be used to fill backpacks donated by Hood, which will be given to kids in a special Fenway event still being planned.
In addition, each captain will be given 100 backpacks to be given to the local community as well.
hasn't yet decided where he
'll donate his
backpacks, he is thrilled to be part of another charitable campaign.
That work and the work he
does as part of his
Kid Nation responsibilities are helping the BHS sophomore figure out exactly what he
wants to do with his
I've gotten an inside look at a very young age," he
"Most people don't experience this until college or even after college.
It's very interesting to see how things work."
June 21 visit, Kanzer
and fellow captains from across the United States met in a special board room where the table was shaped like Home Plate and the walls were decorated in baseball fashion.
While the captains met with Hood and Red Sox reps, the New England Sports Network captured the meeting on film, to be shown during breaks in that evening's Red Sox game, and which Kanzer
and the captains were able to watch.
"We got tickets to the game," he
"We were about 15 rows from [where Nick Green hit the game-winning homer.]"
Before the game, the captains were each introduced during a pre-game ceremony at home plate, an experience Kanzer won't soon forget.
"I think it's very exciting," he
"I like being a part of an organization like that where we get to do things like this."
Kanzer, a budding writer who is a member of the Scholastic Magazine press corps, appreciates the experiences offered to him by Kid Nation.
"With the combination of [Scholastic Magazine, Kid Nation, and working with the Kettleers] I'm starting to pick and choose what I want to get into when I get out of high school," said Kanzer