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Position In Game Events
Junior Scholastic Magazine
Barnstable Middle School
Cotuit Kettleers Roster
Game Events Aaron Kanzer is currently a 9th grader at Barnstable High School and is on the BHS Tennis team. Out of school, he is a reporter for Junior Scholastic Magazine and Captain of Red Sox Kid Nation. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys playing tennis, basketball, and spending time with his dogs. Aaron aspires to become a sports journalist.
By Aaron Kanzer | April 8 , 2009
Aaron Kanzer is a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.
CAPTAIN COURAGEOUS , Cotuit's Aaron Kanzer, a passionate Red Sox fan and Red Sox Kid Nation Captain, is holding a special clothing drive as part of his duties.
Kanzer is collecting winter items , hats, boots, scarves, gloves, coats and other items , for "Winter Warm Up" to benefit Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit that supplies homeless and low-income children with the items in order to keep them warm in winter. Baseball fans know that nothing quite compares to the action on the field during a game. True fans, however, know it's what goes on behind the scenes that make those games even more special. Not only is Aaron Kanzer of Cotuit a true fan, he's also a Red Sox Kid Nation captain. Since his election to the post last summer, Kanzer has gotten an up-close look at his beloved team's behind-the-scenes action, including the valuable charity work of the team and its administration. Now it's his turn to get involved. As part of his duties as a captain, Kanzer is holding a "Warm Up Winter" collection drive. From today through Nov. 14 he is collecting winter gear (jackets, boots, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.) for Cradles to Crayons (www.cradlestocrayons.org), an organization that HP Hood and the Boston Red Sox have partnered with for the first-ever Kid Nation captains' "Kids Helping Kids" community service event. "We all had an idea that we definitely wanted to reach out to kids our age," said Kanzer of his fellow captains. Because the clothing and supply drive will benefit homeless and low-income children from newborns to age 13, Kanzer is hoping his Cape constituency will rise to the challenge and collect as many items as possible for donation. "I hope that people in the community really put the effort into helping us," said Kanzer, a student at Barnstable Middle School. "November is the time when people start buying winter clothes." Through his work as a Kid Nation captain, Kanzer has had the opportunity to work with members of the Red Sox marketing team, Red Sox Nation vice president Rob Crawford, and player Dustin Pedroia. "Dustin Pedroia is very interesting," said Kanzer. Kanzer appreciated learning about what goes on in Red Sox Nation off the field. "Being in the front offices and able to have meetings with corporate members and marketing people was cool," he said. "Having a say in things. On Nov. 15, Kanzer will bring all of the winter gear he collects to the Cradles to Crayons "Giving Factory" in Quincy for a separate event, during which all 12 Kid Nation captains—as well as nearly 50 other Kid Nation members—will help organize and sort items for distribution. "I think what's cool is the whole entire idea that we're going to go up there," said Kanzer. At least we're still learning more about what has to be done." Donations for Kanzer's "Winter Warm Up" are being accepted at Cape Cod Synagogue and at the Kanzer residence.
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. His most prestigious "job" regarding the sport, however, has been that of captain in Red Sox Kid Nation. Kanzer was named to the position last year after winning a campaign and an essay contest. Originally Kanzer 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 said. 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. Though Kanzer 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 future. "It's great. I've gotten an inside look at a very young age," he said. "Most people don't experience this until college or even after college. It's very interesting to see how things work." During his 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 said. "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 said. "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.
KID NATION KID , Cotuit resident Aaron Kanzer, a die-hard Red Sox fan, is hoping to snag enough votes to get elected as a captain of the Red Sox Kid Nation. Cotuit's Aaron Kanzer is one such kid hoping that enough votes will fall in his favor to make him one of the 12 captains.Kanzer originally entered Kid Nation in the hopes of getting deals on tickets but was enthralled even more after learning about the Kid Nation campaign."There was an essay contest to become one of the 25 chosen finalists," said Kanzer."Out of the 700 submissions I was one of the 25."Kanzer, 13, whose favorite player is Kevin Youkilis, is an avid Sox fan who proudly shows off the "shrine" in the corner of his bedroom that features posters, books, photos and more. When not studying, preparing for his upcoming bar mitzvah or playing his beloved drums, Kanzer can be found online checking the status of his Fantasy Baseball team, most of which is comprised of Red Sox players."My team's going down the tubes right now," he said."Two of my players , Matsuzaka and Ortiz , are on the injured list."While others might want to be a Kid Nation captain because of the free game tickets or the year of free Hood ice cream, Kanzer is in it for more.Should Kanzer become one of the chosen captains, he would report directly to Red Sox Nation President Jerry Remy and Vice President Rob Crawford.If elected, Kanzer plans to use the opportunity to positively represent Massachusetts' youth."It's ,Kids Helping Kids,'" he said, recalling the Kid Nation slogan."I'm the only person south of Boston running for this.",Kids helping kids' is something Kanzer believes firmly in. For the past year, as part of his bar mitzvah community service project, he has volunteered his time to the Special Olympics. According to Kanzer's bio on the Kid Nation page on the Red Sox website (http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/bos/fan_forum/pop/kn_captains/candidate_aaron_k.jsp), with Special Olympics "I would help the mentally or physically [disabled] children feel as if they are just as capable of playing sports as any kid would be."Kanzer also writes that "I think ,Kids Helping Kids' means that kids like us that have the opportunity to go to Fenway to meet our favorite players should give these kids either a chance to go to Fenway Park, or bring their favorite player to them to make them feel as great as any kid would feel."To help Kanzer get elected, his friends and family , dad Gordon, mom Lauren, brother Bryce and sister Emily , have launched an election campaign via e-mail and Facebook."I can get 10 votes per e-mail address," said Kanzer."I think the coolest thing is that everybody is really into it and is really supportive.It's really neat to see how all the kids [at school] reacted to it."Kanzer, who is a straight-A student and a recently named NELMS (New England League of Middle Schools) scholar, hopes to someday venture into sports management.Meantime, he's hoping for enough votes to win a spot on the Kid Nation board on June 23."This means a lot to me," said Kanzer.