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                                                                                                                                                                NEWSLETTER OF

                                         Upcoming Events:                                                                                                          THE BOSTON
                                                                                                                                                              SCHOLAR ATHLETE
                                                                                                                           2010-2011                                 PROGRAM
                                         BASKETBALL ALL-STAR GAMES!
                                              April 2, 2011 @ Northeastern University Cabot Center
                                              Girl’s Game - 2:00pm                                                                                                                                                                           this issue
                                              Boy’s Game - 4:00pm                                                                                                                                             New Balance Donates 1,000 Pairs of Sneakers P.1

 Username:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 BSA Zone Update P.2
 @ BSAProgram                                                                                                            Mission:                                                                                               Harvard Continues to Donate P.2
                                         BOSTON COACHES ACADEMY:
                                         B                                                                                                                                                                             Former BC College Coach Gives Back P.2
                                              AC 400         March 29, 2011          Suffolk Training Center 4:30 pm                                                                                                                        Coaches Corner P.3
                                                                                                                         Supporting
                                              AC 100         April 5, 2011           Suffolk Training Center 4:30 pm                                                                                                              Bruins Player Visits a Zone P.3
                                              AC 200         April 26, 2011          Suffolk Training Center 4:30 pm     academic                                                                                 BLS’s Athlete-to-Athlete Tutoring Program P.4
                                              AC 300         May 17, 2011            Suffolk Training Center 4:30 pm
                                                                                                                         achievement                                                                          Community Service: Zone Members Give Back P.5
                                              Contact Evan Davis for more information: rdavis@redandbluefoundation.org
                                                                                                                         through athletics.
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 Have suggestions, or
 want to get involved?                   BSA & JOHN HANCOCK BOSTON MARATHON HIGH SCHOOL TRACK EVENT:
                                                                                                                         By the Numbers…           New Balance Donates 1,000 Pairs of Sneakers!
                                              April 13, 2011 @ Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center 3:00pm                                         For Boston Public School Track athletes, it is commonplace to share sneakers with teammates to practice and
 Please contact us at:                                                                                                             As of day 94
                                                                                                                                                   compete. Unfortunately, this was because some student-athletes could not afford to buy their very own
 BSAinfo@redandbluefoundation.org
                                                                                                                                1,385              sneakers.
                                                                                                                         Hours of tutor support    In an effort to service student-athletes in need, the Boston Scholar Athlete program made a formal request for
                                                                                                                                                   New Balance to donate running shoes to the Boston Public Schools Indoor Track Programs. When asked to
                                                                                                                                                   donate 500 p                ,
                                                                                                                                                                pairs of shoes, New Balance replied, “Let’s make it, 1,000!”.
                                    Check out our NEW website!               www.BostonScholarAthlete.org                       2,784
                                                                                                                            Zone Members                                            On January 13, 2011, the BSA received 1,000 pairs of new men’s and women’s
                                                                                                                                                                                    running sneakers! After organizing a distribution plan on January 17, BPS
                                                                                                                                                                                    Track coaches were able to pick-up sneakers for their athletes. Almost
                                                                                                                                                                                    immediately, the impact was felt. “I have seen the number of shin splints
                                                                                                                               1,000                                                and running related injuries go down and I attribute that directly to this
                                                                                                                         Sneakers donated by                                        wonderful gift from New Balance,” said Brighton High School Track Head
                                                                                                                                                                                    Coach Sara Geiman.
                    Boston Scholar Athlete Program                                                                          New Balance
                    65 Allerton Street                                                                                                                                              "It is donations such as this that remind us what a powerful impact our
                    Boston, MA 02119                                                                                                                                                community partners can have on our scholar-athletes," said Boston Public
                                                                                                                                 75                                                 Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson. "These New Balance sneakers
                                                                                                                                                                                    will help our students excel on the track and therefore also in the
A Partnership with:                                                                                                       Volunteer Tutors &                                        classroom. With the help of the Boston Scholar Athlete Program we will
                                                                                                                               Interns                                              continue to remove the barriers that prevent our students from
                                                                                                                                                                                    participating in programs like track."



                                                                                                                         Quote of the Day:         At the Boston Public School’s
                                                                                                                                                   Indoor Track City Championships,
                                                                                                                                                   the positive effect that this gift has
                                                                                                                                                   had on the student-athletes was
                                                                                                                         "Success is to be         evident. Student-athletes are more
                                                                                                                         measured not so           confident and better prepared to
                                                                                                                         much by the position      compete- as displayed in the smiles
                                                                                                                                                   and laughter of the athletes and
                                                                                                                         that one has reached      coaches. New Balance’s generosity
                                                                                                                         in life, as by the        will continue to have a tremendous
                                                                                                                                                   impact as the outdoor track season
                                                                                                                         obstacles which he        begins this spring.
                                                                                                                         has overcome while
                                                                                                                         trying to succeed."       Thank you New Balance!

                                                                                                                          - Booker T. Washington
Word on the Street:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Zone Eligibility:
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                            BSA Zone Update!                                                                                                 Community Service:                                                                                         As of February 25,2011
“The academic               In just five months, the Boston Scholar Athlete Program
                                                                                                                                             Zone Members Give Back
                            has 2,784 Zone Members enrolled in its 18 Zones!                                                                                                                                                                       -    2,784 Members
and athletic pieces                                                                                                                        Over the last few months, Boston Scholar Athlete Zone
                            Additionally, this winter, 87.6% of Zone Members
together are the            participating in BSA sponsored sports were able to                                                             Members have organized and executed a variety of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   -    87.6% of Athletes in
strength of this            maintain their academic eligibility, enabling more                                                             community service projects throughout the city of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        BSA sponsored
                            student-athletes to participate in sports.                                                                     Boston. Below is a list of some examples of projects the
initiative. It’s a lot                                                                                                                     student-athletes participated in:                                                                            sports maintained
more focused on             We are thrilled for the Madison Park Girl’s Basketball                                                         - ACC/BCLA Zone members tutored students from the                                                            eligibility
                            team, who for the first time in recent years, made the
both than we’ve             City Championships! Coach Carla Hands said that,
                                                                                                                                              Winship Elementary School during their after school
                                                                                                                                              programming
had before.”                “This year was the first year nobody flunked off the
                            team. The Zone and Facilitator Jose Solis were very                                                            - Boston English Zone members prepared lunch for                                                        -    4 Schools,
 - Dr. Carol Johnson        helpful in achieving this goal.”                                                                                  the homeless at the Pine Street Inn                                                                       ACC/BCLA, Boston
Superintendent of Schools                                                                                                                  - Student-athletes from the Burke celebrated the
                            One Charlestown Senior expressed the impact the zone has had on their senior year, “Managing senior
                                                                                                                                              holiday season with kindergartners at the John P.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Latin School,
                            year and playing three sports was stressing me out. Coming to the Zone took a huge weight off my
                            shoulder[s]. At the Zone I’m allowed to do my work and I also have all the materials I need right there.          Holland Elementary School with music, arts and                                                            Madison Park & New
                            At first I didn’t really want to come but as I noticed a huge change in my grade it made me want to               crafts, and candy                                                                                         Mission, posted 100%
“The zone helps me          come.”                                                                                                         - Student-athletes from Hyde Park served dinner at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        eligibility rates for all
to succeed; I’m able                                                                                                                          Community Servings in Jamaica Plain

to get my work done         Former BC Coach Works With Basketball Teams                                                                    - Charlestown Zone members held a basketball clinic
                                                                                                                                              for students from the Warren Prescott School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of their Winter sports
                                                      For the past few months, BPS basketball coaches have had a new assistant coach                                                                                                                    team
and turn my work in                                   helping them through their season. Coach Jim O’Brien, former Boston College and
                                                                                                                                           - Student-athletes from International and O’Bryant
on time.”                                             Ohio State head men’s basketball coach, has been lending his time and knowledge         spoke with middle school students about life as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   -    23 teams had a 100%
                                                      to help benefit BPS’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams. “Coach O’Brien has             high school student
- Kirina Laryea                                       made a huge impact this year on basketball in the city. He has helped many           - South Boston Dragon Zone members hosted                                                                    eligibility rate for their
     BSA Scholar-Athlete                              coaches develop game plans for success, both on and off the court. The BSA              elementary school children from the Condon Boys                                                           scholar athletes
                                                      cannot thank him enough and we look forward to continuing our                           and Girls Club in South Boston for an afternoon of
                                                      partnership,” said BSA’s Executive Athletic Director, Evan Davis.                       sports clinics

“Thank you for all of                                 The relationship between Coach O’Brien and Boston Public School coaches has
                                                                                                                                           - Fenway students collected and donated hundreds of                                                        NEED A
the support you have
                                                      blossomed into something no one anticipated. As O’Brien has chosen to focus             cans of food to Rosie’s Place
                                                                                                                                           - East Boston members assisted in organizing an Ice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SUMMER JOB?
                                                      most of his energy on mentoring the younger coaches, there has been a
                                                      strengthening of team atmosphere and accountability. O’Brien has also emphasized        Hockey Tournament to raise money for Breast
given us this season.                                 the importance of graduating players onto higher education. Hugh Coleman, the           Cancer Research                                                                                       BSA is partnering
The BSA has done                                      boy’s head coach at Brighton High School said, “Coach O'Brien has been a great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   with the PIC to place
                                                      mentor to us around the game of basketball, but more importantly a greater
an incredible job,                                    influence to us on the ethics of our student-athlete's lives. He has assisted                                                                                                                Zone members into
and we would not                                      us with everything from X's and O's, to how to appropriately balance
                                                                                                                                                      BSA SCHOLAR ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT!                                                                summer jobs now!
                                                      consequences for student-athlete's mishaps. We are truly grateful for all of
have been able to                                     his help and support.”
win our division                                                                                                                                                                               Q2: What impact has the BSA Zone had on                     Contact:
                                                      The time and commitment that Coach O’Brien has given to Boston Public Schools
without their                                         has truly been remarkable and his impact has been felt on and off the court. Thank                                                       your life?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Shannon McLeod
                                                                                                                                                                                               It definitely has had an impact on my grades.
support.”                                             you Jim O’Brien!
                                                                                                                                                                                               Other than my teachers, the Zone is where I can           617.517.5290
- Erin Ripston                                                                                                                                                                                 find all the help I need.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           smcleod@
     Girls Track Coach
                            Harvard Donations                                                                                                                                                  Q3: What is your favorite part about the Zone?
                                                                                                                                                                                               The technology; and Cory really makes sure
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   redandbluefoundation.org
                            Continue!                                                                                                                                                          we get stuff done.
                            The Harvard University Department of
                            Athletics has continued its generosity to
                                                                                                                                           Name: Darius Davis                                  Q4: As a Senior, do you push your teammates
                            the Boston Public School students                                                                              School: New Mission High School                     to take advantage of the Zone?
                            through equipment donations.        After                                                                      Sport: Boy’s Basketball                             At some point during the day, the whole team
                            donating hundreds of cleats to support                                                                         Coach & Facilitator: Cory McCarthy                  uses the Zone. Because of it, some kids who
                            the football programs this fall, Harvard                                                                                                                           weren’t able to play before, are able to play now
                            again stepped up and donated                                                                                                                                       because they got good grades.
                            hundreds of pieces of apparel to assist                                                                         Q1: What effect has the Zone had on your
                            the BPS Track Programs. The much                                                                                Studies?                                           Q5: What else can you say about the Zone?
                            needed donation included 275 pairs of                                                                           The Zone or Gold Room has been a good              I love being there because I feel like that is
                            track pants, 110 cold gear shirts, 130                                                                          place for me to study and do my                    where I can get the most stuff done and can be
                            pairs of running shorts, and 125 pairs of                                                                       homework in a place where other kids are           the most productive.
     2                      dry fit pants.     Thank you Harvard                                                                            actually do work. It motivates me more.                                                                                        5
                            University!
COACHES CORNER!                                                                                                       COACHES CORNER!
By Jillian Smith                                                                                                      By Jillian Smith
Dorchester Track & Field Coach                                                                                        Dorchester Track & Field Coach

There is a sense of pride among members                                                                               There is a sense of pride among members
of the Bears’ track team. Today, in the                                                                               of the Bears’ track team. Today, in the
hallways of the Dorchester Education                                                                                  hallways of the Dorchester Education
Complex, the athletes from Tech Boston                                                                                Complex, the athletes from Tech Boston
Academy and Dorchester Academy have                                                                                   Academy and Dorchester Academy have
more energy than usual. Practice is just                                                                              more energy than usual. Practice is just
starting and it’s hard for the coaches to get                                                                         starting and it’s hard for the coaches to get
the athletes to focus because they can’t                                                                              the athletes to focus because they can’t
seem to stop talking about their new shoes!                                                                           seem to stop talking about their new shoes!

New Balance recently donated 1,000 pairs of sneakers to the Boston Public Schools Boys’ & Girls’ track                New Balance recently donated 1,000 pairs of sneakers to the Boston Public Schools Boys’ & Girls’ track
programs! Last year, one of their athletes suffered a stress fracture because he didn’t have the right sneakers.      programs! Last year, one of their athletes suffered a stress fracture because he didn’t have the right sneakers.
As such, students were stressed out before their first few races this year. It was not just performance anxiety, it   As such, students were stressed out before their first few races this year. It was not just performance anxiety, it
was actually too painful to run in five-year-old high-top sneakers. But thanks to the generosity of New Balance       was actually too painful to run in five-year-old high-top sneakers. But thanks to the generosity of New Balance
and the support of the Boston Scholar Athlete program, not having the proper footwear is no longer a                  and the support of the Boston Scholar Athlete program, not having the proper footwear is no longer a
concern…and the undefeated Girls’ Team could not be more excited! Their goal is to make states in the 4x400           concern…and the undefeated Girls’ Team could not be more excited! Their goal is to make states in the 4x400
relay, and now they have the sneakers to make that dream possible.                                                    relay, and now they have the sneakers to make that dream possible.




Boston Bruins Player Andrew Ference Visits BSA Zone!                                                                  Boston Bruins Player Andrew Ference Visits BSA Zone!
Boston Bruins Defenseman Andrew Ference spoke with members of the Boston Latin School’s Boy’s and                     Boston Bruins Defenseman Andrew Ference spoke with members of the Boston Latin School’s Boy’s and
Girl’s ice hockey teams on February 10, 2011, in the BSA Zone. Ference spoke about his experience as a                Girl’s ice hockey teams on February 10, 2011, in the BSA Zone. Ference spoke about his experience as a
scholar-athlete, important mentors in his life, goal setting, and his green initiative that he created in the NHL     scholar-athlete, important mentors in his life, goal setting, and his green initiative that he created in the NHL
to push players to go carbon neutral.                                                                                 to push players to go carbon neutral.

Ference also answered questions and interacted                                                                        Ference also answered questions and interacted
with the excited Boston Latin students that were                                                                      with the excited Boston Latin students that were
thrilled to meet a local professional athlete!                                                                        thrilled to meet a local professional athlete!

In addition, the Boston Bruins Foundation was able                                                                    In addition, the Boston Bruins Foundation was able
to help raise over $2,700 for the BSA through their                                                                   to help raise over $2,700 for the BSA through their
50-50 Raffle during a recent home game! The                                                                           50-50 Raffle during a recent home game! The
BSA will use the raised funds to support the                                                                          BSA will use the raised funds to support the
Boston Public School’s exhibit in The Sports                                                                          Boston Public School’s exhibit in The Sports
Museum at the TD Garden, which highlights its                                                                         Museum at the TD Garden, which highlights its
athletic programs and student-athletes.                                                                               athletic programs and student-athletes.
                                                                                (Photo by: Sheryl Lanzel)                                                                                             (Photo by: Sheryl Lanzel)


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Boston Latin School Launches A2A Tutoring Program                                                                      Boston Latin School Launches A2A Tutoring Program
By Joseph Cappellano                                                                                                   By Joseph Cappellano
Zone Facilitator at Boston Latin School                                                                                Zone Facilitator at Boston Latin School

To service the need of subject-specific tutors, the Boston Latin                                                       To service the need of subject-specific tutors, the Boston Latin
“Wolfpack Zone” has started its very own Athlete-to-Athlete                                                            “Wolfpack Zone” has started its very own Athlete-to-Athlete
Tutoring Program, known as “A2AT”. In this program, student-                                                           Tutoring Program, known as “A2AT”. In this program, student-
athletes volunteer their time and knowledge during various                                                             athletes volunteer their time and knowledge during various
study halls to tutor other student-athletes in need of academic                                                        study halls to tutor other student-athletes in need of academic
assistance. A2AT currently has over 25 available tutors                                                                assistance. A2AT currently has over 25 available tutors
capable of assisting their fellow athletes. These A2AT's range                                                         capable of assisting their fellow athletes. These A2AT's range
from sophomores to seniors, and are available for 27 of the 36                                                         from sophomores to seniors, and are available for 27 of the 36
periods that make up the complex Boston Latin class                                                                    periods that make up the complex Boston Latin class
schedule. In addition, A2AT’s even offer their services after                                                          schedule. In addition, A2AT’s even offer their services after
school, and during long bus rides to away games!                                                                       school, and during long bus rides to away games!



John Hancock & BSA to Partner for Track Event                                                                          John Hancock & BSA to Partner for Track Event
The Boston Scholar Athlete Program is teaming up with John Hancock for an exciting event for Boston Public             The Boston Scholar Athlete Program is teaming up with John Hancock for an exciting event for Boston Public
School’s Boy’s and Girl’s track programs! On April 13, 2011, from 3:00-5:00pm at the Reggie Lewis Center,              School’s Boy’s and Girl’s track programs! On April 13, 2011, from 3:00-5:00pm at the Reggie Lewis Center,
stars and legends from the famous Boston Marathon will appear to host friendly competitions and activities for         stars and legends from the famous Boston Marathon will appear to host friendly competitions and activities for
the student-athletes.                                                                                                  the student-athletes.
                              “It will be an opportunity for the track athletes in the city to learn from the                                        “It will be an opportunity for the track athletes in the city to learn from the
                              most elite marathon runners in the world and get first hand insight into the                                           most elite marathon runners in the world and get first hand insight into the
                              training methods that have made them so successful. It will be an                                                      training methods that have made them so successful. It will be an
                              invaluable experience for everybody who attends,” said BSA Executive                                                   invaluable experience for everybody who attends,” said BSA Executive
                              Athletic Director, Evan Davis.                                                                                         Athletic Director, Evan Davis.


Boston Coaches Academy Off to Strong Start!                                                                            Boston Coaches Academy Off to Strong Start!
The Boston Coaches Academy has gotten off to a strong start with 60+ Boston Public School coaches enrolled             The Boston Coaches Academy has gotten off to a strong start with 60+ Boston Public School coaches enrolled
or having completed all four Academy courses. In addition, feedback from the coaches has been enormously               or having completed all four Academy courses. In addition, feedback from the coaches has been enormously
                 positive, with overall course ratings at 4.55 out of 5.00! The 4-course curriculum is currently                        positive, with overall course ratings at 4.55 out of 5.00! The 4-course curriculum is currently
                        in its second rotation with one more rotation to occur before the school year is                                       in its second rotation with one more rotation to occur before the school year is
                          complete. Even with 100% of Coaches saying they would recommend Coaches                                                complete. Even with 100% of Coaches saying they would recommend Coaches
                           Academy to their peers, the BSA and its Best In Class partners are constantly                                          Academy to their peers, the BSA and its Best In Class partners are constantly
                            working to enhance the curriculum in hopes of offering the highest level of                                            working to enhance the curriculum in hopes of offering the highest level of
                            professional development.      As an added benefit, the Boston Coaches Academy                                         professional development.      As an added benefit, the Boston Coaches Academy
                           has partnered with Endicott College allowing the Academy courses to count as                                           has partnered with Endicott College allowing the Academy courses to count as
                         credit towards a Masters in Sports Administration. For more information check out the                                  credit towards a Masters in Sports Administration. For more information check out the
                      Boston Coaches Academy website: www.bostonscholarathlete.org/coaches-academy                                           Boston Coaches Academy website: www.bostonscholarathlete.org/coaches-academy



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