NESN New England Sports Network (November 25, 2013)
The mission of the Play Ball! Foundation is to create and expand team sports opportunities for middle school age urban youth who are at a pivotal time of physical and emotional development.
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. Today Play Ball! has 40 teams offering football, double dutch, girl’s volleyball and baseball to middle school students in 19 Boston Public Schools.
Through the experience of team sports, Play Ball! seeks to inspire young athletes to succeed in school, become engaged in their school communities, and develop life skills that will make them better prepared to enter high school.
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!
More Play Ball! news
Timilty and Dever-McCormack take home middle school football titles (November 23, 2013)
The Dorchester Reporter
Play Ball! initiative, middle schools team up to make football a reality (Nov. 27, 2013)
Playball! helps youngest Bertucci continue family football tradition (Nov. 27, 2013)
Play Ball! featured in NPR’s Only a Game (May 13-18, 2013)
Play Ball! was featured during 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.