Studies show playing sports can improve children’s school performance, health and fitness, self-esteem, social skills and chances of success. That’s why we strive to bring more sports to more schools and kids in need every day. As of 2009, we’ve privately funded teams for kids who’ve never been in a league before and are likely to live below the poverty line. See programs we currently fund, below.
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At Play Ball!, we help students learn not only about baseball, but also about teamwork, perseverance and good sportsmanship. It may seem simple, but isn’t to kids who’ve never played before and have to handle making mistakes in front of their teammates. No matter the runs or strikes, our baseball program is all about learning life lessons as much as skill. More about our baseball program:
A slice serve, set-up bump or spike at the net are just a few moves that make indoor volleyball an exciting challenge for female student athletes. Many girls played volleyball in gym, not realizing that it can be quite a competitive sport. That’s where we come in. Our Play Ball! Girls’ Middle School Volleyball athletes will impress any spectator with their confidence and skill. More about our volleyball program:
The best thing about Double Dutch? It’s a sport that anyone can play because everyone can jump rope. It’s easy to progress and go from schoolyard jumping to competitive play. Tournament competition includes jumps per minute, compulsory routines with one and two girls jumping at the same time and freestyle tricks (like cartwheels, splits, push-ups and other exciting moves.) More about Double Dutch:
It takes both brains and brawn to strategize a winning play on the football field—not to mention a tireless spirit. We instill that drive in our football players from practice to game time. We proudly train, coach and lead ten teams and over 350 boys in a 10-week season that culminates in the Friday Night Lights Football League Championship Games at Harvard Stadium. More about our football program:
We introduced our soccer program in the spring of 2013 to instant success. Many Boston Public Middle School students had never played beyond gym class. Thanks to our teacher coaches, Play Ball! athletes are developing competitive skills both during practice and games. Our first season ended on a beautiful day in May with a soccer jamboree at Tufts University. More about our soccer program:
If you’ve never skated, playing ice hockey is tough. Lots of embarrassment and lots of falling and struggling over and over again as you learn. And then, finally you start to skate and handle the stick and you get knocked down! Takes a lot of grit to keep at it. But then you get a goal. Our new skaters score by walking into the rink. They are trying something completely new. Most have never skated and few have played ice hockey. Most had never seen a hockey game. This has all changed. They skate, they score and they win. More about our hockey program: