By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor
WESTBOROUGH – Local activist and Westborough High School Graduate Ryan Doan Nguyen was recently honored by the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park for his work to fight anti-Asian racism.
Smiling on a rainy evening in Boston, Doan Nguyen waved to jumbotron cameras after the stadium screens broadcast a short slideshow presentation.
This was part of the Red Sox’ “Hats off to Heroes program,” which honors a variety of locals doing good in their community.
“Thank you so much for making an impact on your community,” a team marketing coordinator wrote in an initial email inviting Doan Nguyen to Fenway.
Doan Nguyen made headlines around the state earlier this year when he organized a large rally on the Boston Common in response to a spate of attacks against people of Asian descent.
“I am always thinking of ways to help and bring about change,” he said in an interview with the Community Advocate last month discussing that event. “The rally for me was a great way to bring people together in one way. I knew it would be impactful.”
Outside of the activism he’s most recently been praised for, Doan Nguyen has also been involved in the Westborough Cultural Council and the Youth Commission. After a gap year, he’s now set to attend Harvard University in the fall.