Former Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz Speaks to UMass Boston Students Wednesday

Crystal Valencia | September 12, 2017
Former Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz Speaks to UMass Boston Students Wednesday

Former Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz is coming to UMass Boston on Wednesday, September 13 to talk to students about life on and off the field.

Ortiz’s talk will serve as the keynote address at this year's freshman investiture ceremony, which is the official welcome of the Class of 2021. New students will receive Class of 2021 pins.

Sponsored by the Student Arts and Events Council, the event kicks off at 3:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom. Doors open at 3 p.m. The event is open to all UMass Boston students.

Ortiz played for the Red Sox from 2003 to 2016, was a 10-time all-star, seven-time Silver Slugger winner, and was instrumental in helping the Red Sox win three World Series titles during his time on the team. He finished his career with 541 home runs, which ranks 17 on the MLB all-time home run list.

His foundation, The David Ortiz Children’s Fund, has helped raise more than $2 million for medical treatment for children in the Dominican Republic and New England. According to its website, the foundation has helped save the lives of over 500 children in the Dominican Republic.

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