BOSTON (WWLP) - A special recognition ceremony was held at Fenway Park Wednesday night, for 20 Massachusetts Latino teens, who were recognized before the Red Sox game.
The Boston Red Sox celebrated Latino Youth Night Wednesday just before the game at Fenway Park.
Dozens of Latino students from western Massachusetts were given a chance to meet David Ortiz and former Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant.
These students were recognized at Fenway Park for their academic achievements and 22News traveled to Boston with those students for a special pregame ceremony.
It's a once in a lifetime opportunity, getting to shake hands with current and former Red Sox players. Oscar Rivera of Springfield told 22News, "I'm very excited because this is my first time going to a Red Sox game."
Before the game, one by one,13 Latino students from the Springfield area, and other Mass students, were called up to the home plate to receive a special recognition for making good grades this past school year.
Carlos Gonzalez from the Latino Chamber of Commerce told 22News, "We hope that these little experiences, getting reward for academic achievements, will go a long way for them to look at great opportunities that are available to them so they can take advantage of it when they are still young."
Students told 22News getting picked to go to Latino Youth Night at Fenway has already helped them realize with the right attitude, they can accomplish a lot and be successful.
Carlos Aponte-Roque of Springfield said he wants to be a chef. "There's something that you enjoy doing, and you're happy doing it, then yeah, you should do what you want to do."
Karyann Cruz of Holyoke is part of the Holyoke Youth Commission. She said "I'm just encouraging everyone to do anything they want. Try to do the best that you can, anything that you do try your hardest. That will get you far in life."
These students made all A's last school year, and they were joined by several students from the Boston area as well.
Many teens told 22News they still can't believe they were chosen to be part of this ceremony. Kariann Cruz said, "I was actually picked and it was really an honor because they actually acknowledged what I'm doing in the community and stuff. I'm part of the Holyoke Youth Commission. I really appreciate it."
The Red Sox played the San Diego Padres Wednesday night, and won 2-1.