Yawkey foundation ‘disheartened’ by efforts to rename street

BOSTON — A foundation set up by the former owners of the Boston Red Sox says it is “disheartened” that its namesake has become embroiled in the national controversy over racially divisive monuments.

Red Sox: Yawkey Way, racist past have to go

Red Sox owner John Henry wants Boston to rename Yawkey Way, which is named after Tom Yawkey, the MLB owner who was last to integrate his team.

The Yawkey Foundations said Friday in a statement that Jean and Tom Yawkey’s philanthropy was “color blind” and their generosity benefited thousands of disadvantaged children of all backgrounds.

“Jean and Tom Yawkey’s philanthropy has always been color blind,” read the statement. “Their extraordinary generosity has made a significant impact on Massachusetts and the Greater Boston community, contributing more than $450 million to hundreds of non-profit organizations and helping improve the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children of all backgrounds. We are honored to have the Yawkey name on so many organizations and institutions that benefit Bostonians of all races — and disheartened by any effort to embroil the

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