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Retired Red Sox World Champion player Trot Nixon will speak at the 2nd Annual New England Festival of Hope on Sunday, September 20th from 5pm to 7pm at Easton’s Beach.

Trot was a member of the 2004 Red Sox team that won the first World Series in 86 years. A Red Sox fixture in the right field for ten years, Trot is one of the all time most popular players in Red Sox history.

Nicknamed “Dirt Dog” because of his hustle and his aggressive all out style of play, Trot was a fan favorite during the 2004 Series. His dedication to his teammates and his positive spirit were undeniable. Some remember Trot for the Mohawk hairstyle he sported, along with other teammates and their unconventional hairstyles that winning season.

Most remember the pivotal play in the 2004 World Series deciding game when Trot hit a two-out, two-run double off of right field in St. Louis, giving a 3-0 lead to Boston. In that winning 2004 Series, Trot batted .357 with 3RBI’s.

A native of North Carolina, Trot joined the Red Sox in 1999, with his best year in 2003. Trot was recently named to the All Time Fenway Park Red Sox team, as the number two All Time Red Sox Outfielder, second only to Dwight Evans.  

Trot will be joined at the podium by his wife Kathryn Nixon, children’s author, as well as BMX X-Games gold medalist, Kevin Robinson. The inspirational speakers will offer “Words of Hope During Turbulent Times” at the second annual waterfront event. Family friendly, the festival will include an amazing BMX demo, live music, a variety of children’s activities, as well as free popcorn and cotton candy. Admission is completely free and all are welcome to attend.

The community event is sponsored by neighboring New England churches: Evangelical Friends Church of Newport, Calvary United Methodist Church, Christ Church, Crosspoint Church, First Presbyterian Church, Graceway Community Church Middletown, Middletown Baptist Church, Mount Hope Church, Portsmouth Evangelical Friends Church, and Portsmouth United Methodist Church.
EFC Newport is a contemporary church located at 70 Bliss Mine Road in Middletown, RI. For more information, visit or call 401-847-1490.

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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