Michael Harney, Founder and Chairman of the Play Ball! Foundation
Mike is a Senior Vice President at FBR Capital Markets in Boston and is a graduate of Georgetown University where he played Division I lacrosse. Mike founded the Play Ball! Foundation in 2005 with the idea to provide Boston’s youth the chance to receive the same opportunity and benefit that athletics provided him as a child. "Play Ball! began with the simple goal of getting more feet on the field year in and year out, and with that focus we now have over 1000 middle school students engaged in athletics.”
Pat is a partner at Arcand & Madison, a PR consultancy specializing in promoting high technology companies. A tennis player, skier and volunteer instructor, she is enthusiastically committed to creating more athletic opportunities for Boston middle school students. Pat believes being able to play and make friends through sports helps everyone succeed at school and in life. She graduated from Villanova University with a BA in English.
Scott is a Vice President at GW&K Investment Management where he oversees client relationships. He loved playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse growing up and went on to play 4 years of college lacrosse at Georgetown University. He feels that youth sports taught him and can teach others important attributes including self-motivation, communication, sense of teamwork, and goal-setting. He wholeheartedly believes in PlayBall!’s Mission – which allows those who might not otherwise get the opportunity to experience the benefits that youth sports can bring.
Dolan joined Clough Capital in 2012 as a Managing Director focused on equity investments in the Technology and Telecommunications sectors and brings over 19 years of industry experience. Before joining Clough, he spent 7 years as an analyst and then Director of Research (’08-’12) at Raptor Capital and its predecessor, Tudor Investments. His coverage responsibilities were in TMT and special situations. He was a member of the Raptor Capital Management Committee. Prior to Tudor, Mr. Dolan founded Compass Point, a registered broker dealer and was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Dolan holds a BA in English and an MBA from Boston College.
Ian is a senior consultant at Institutional Insurance Group with a main focus on bank and corporate owned life insurance. He graduated from Colgate University where he played 4 years of D1 lacrosse. His commitment to Playball and its mission of improving the landscape for youth sports in Boston stems from his own positive experiences with youth sports growing up.
Mike is the Operations Supervisor and co-owner of his family’s road construction business, Charles Contracting. The company specializes in underground utility and site work around the metro-Boston area. Mike played lacrosse at Middlebury College where his teams won 3 NCAA National Championships. He graduated Middlebury with a BA in History. Mike joined the PlayBall! Foundation 5 years ago with the goal of giving Boston’s youth an opportunity to develop emotionally and physically through organized team sports.
Eric is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. He received his BA from Tufts University and his JD from Northeastern University School of Law. Eric joined the Play Ball! Board in 2009 with a strong devotion to the benefits of athletics in children’s lives and the importance of increasing opportunities in the Boston area.
Patrick is a Client Advisor at Twin Focus Capital Partners, LLC. He grew up playing lacrosse and football in high school and played some lacrosse at Gettysburg College where he received his BA. “I believe in PlayBall! because of the universal belief among those who have participated in athletics that competing individually or on a team had a positive influence on their life and often continues to do so. This positive influence reinforces concepts like teamwork and community and because of that people want to give back. PlayBall! is a vehicle for those who benefitted from athletics to give back, creating future generations of athletes who will do the same.”
Matt is a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young LLP in Boston and joined the Board of Directors of the Play Ball! Foundation in 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fairfield University and was a four year member of the Fairfield varsity hockey team. Matt has always been involved in sports since he was three and fully supports the Play Ball! philosophy that involvement in sporting programs at a young age can positively impact the development and create new opportunities for young children.
Brendan is a Technology Account Manager at Oracle. A graduate of Colgate University, Brendan has been a strong supporter of the Play Ball! Foundation for more than 5 years. He became a Board Member in 2009 and is proudly dedicated to improving youth athletic opportunities for Boston’s middle school students.
Ben is a Managing Director of Equity Sales at FBR Capital Markets in Boston. He graduated from Bowdoin College and has been a part of the Play Ball! Foundation since its inception and has exemplified dedication to fundraising and the advancement of youth sports in the Boston area.
Pete Thamel is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated magazine. He’s covered college sports since graduating from Syracuse in 1999 for outlets like The New York Times, ESPN and the Syracuse Post-Standard. (He’s a frequent, though decisively average, pick-up basketball player.) "I grew up in a household where my dad worked as a high school principal. I saw from a young age the kinetic power that sports can have in powering education, fueling school spirit and fostering a sense of community. Play Ball! personifies that power, as it has transformed kids and middle schools in Boston through the incentive and spirit indelibly intertwined with sport. I’m a firm believer that we’re just beginning to see the start of those transformations thanks to the potential reach of Play Ball!"
Christine is the Traffic Supervisor at MMB and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She enthusiastically became connected to Play Ball! with a strong desire to increase athletic opportunities for Boston’s youth and became a board member just one year later.