Most people may not realize that where suburban school systems offer many sports leagues at different levels, Boston Public Schools only have two to offer (basketball and track) to its 11,300 students. On top of that, for many Boston Public School students pay-to-play fees are out of reach.
We seek to create and expand sports opportunities for urban middle schoolers because we strongly believe that athletic competition introduced at an impressionable age can greatly improve school performance, community involvement and life skills of youth. It’s healthy physically—and mentally.
Through partnerships with Boston Public Schools and privately raised funds, we secure fields and gyms, hire and train teacher coaches and supply transportation, officials, uniforms and equipment. As of 2015, we provide competitive sports to over 1,200 Boston Public Middle School athletes in 22 schools with 57 teams offering boys’ football and baseball, girls’ volleyball and Double Dutch, and boys and girls soccer.
Despite our growing success, Play Ball! only serves 12% of the 11,300 Boston Middle School students, and there is a long waiting list for team funding. We continue to strive to get more of Boston’s kids’ feet on the field, in the gym and on the path to success.
The Play Ball! Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization formed under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations to Play Ball! are tax-deductible as charitable contributions for US federal income tax purposes. There are no donation limits or restrictions on contributions to Play Ball!