NPR’s Only a Game (Saturday, May 18, 2013)
“Budgets and Box Scores: Funding Sports in Boston Public Schools” The NPR story is the grand finale of a week-long series by Doug Tribou and Karen Given of 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station. Here’s the week’s stories:
Boston School Sports ‘Turning The Tide,’ Superintendent Says (May 17, 2013)
Being part of the solution, Play Ball! athletes arrive in high school ready to play.
Grades-To-Play Motivation Propels Some Boston Student-Athletes (May 16, 2013)
(May 16, 2013) Making the grade in the classroom and on the field builds fan base with parents.
Charities Try To Keep Boston Student-Athletes In The Academic ‘Zone’ Too (May 15, 2013)
Success on the field and in the classroom. Play Ball! football team at the Rogers Middle School studies and plays together.
The 2 Private Organizations That Have Changed Boston Public Schools (May 14, 2013) Today’s story highlights Play Ball!s successful funding and partnership model for expanding Boston Public middle school sports programs.
How Boston Public School Sports Have Improved in 4 Years (May 13, 2013)
Features our teamwork with the Boston Public Schools to expand youth sport opportunities for middle school students.
In Fall of 2009, Boston Public Schools (BPS) offered basketball and track to middle school students. That September, Play Ball! stepped in and provided funding for the first middle school football league in the City of Boston. Today Play Ball! has 40 teams offering 4 different sports to middle school students. The Play Ball! student athletes are having having fun, building friendships and character through the lessons of sports – teamwork, communication and discipline.
Inspired by our student athletes and their interests, Play Ball! now funds baseball, double dutch, girls volleyball and football.
The Play Ball! leagues provide access to competitive sports for over 1000 middle school students. Many have never played an organized sport before and more than 80% live below the poverty line.
Help us get more feet on the field and more sneakers in the gym. Become part of Boston’s newest sports tradition. Join the Play Ball! team and give today. It’s your ticket for the best teams in town!