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.
John works at Raptor Capital Management as an analyst and Director of Research of the Hedge Fund group. John believes that the lessons learned playing team sports are transferable to other aspects of one’s life. Play Ball! is helping the teachers in the Boston Public School system develop the skills and characteristics that will make the students in the program bigger contributors to their community.
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 an associate 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.
Brendan is the Director of Business Development at Boston Litigation Solutions, a litigation technology and E-Discovery company. He graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2000, where he was a member of the men’s basketball team. Brendan is currently training for the Ironman distance triathlon in Lake Placid this July. “I believe in PB because it creates the athletic opportunities that can be so vital to a child’s development and future success.”
Patrick is a Trust Advisor at PNC Wealth Management. He grew up playing lacrosse and football in high school and played 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.
Christine is the offline producer at allen & gerritsen 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.