The Patriots Celebrate Volunteerism
This Week we Celebrate Youth Sports Volunteerism!
For the week of Sept. 30, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will work in cooperation with Community Rowing, Inc., Special Olympics Massachusetts, Tenacity and New England Revolution collaborating nonprofit, Doc Wayne, Do the Good.
How do youth sports volunteers make an impact?
Congratulations to this week's "Patriots Difference Maker" - Jim Church Jim ChurchVolunteer, Special Olympics Massachusetts
- Sports helps builds a safe, supportive community for young people
- Sports helps build relationship with people who might otherwise be isolated without sport
- Volunteering teaches responsibility
- Volunteering in youth sports imparts the skills and resilience needed for youth to succeed in school and life and helps properly prepare students to achieve post-secondary success
Jim Church is an advocate supporter of Special Olympics Massachusetts. He wears many hats for the organization. He is the father of a Special Olympics Athlete, a coach, a fundraiser, a program coordinator, a speech coach, and serves on many advisory boards for Special Olympics Massachusetts. As a coach and program coordinator Jim, runs the Easton Tigers a program a program he started when he moved back to Massachusetts 10 years ago. He coaches both basketball and swimming for the many athletes that participate. He also is a speech coach for his daughter Amanda who is a Special Olympics global messenger, who with the support and guidance of Jim now speaks to groups on behalf of Special Olympics Massachusetts. As a fundraiser you can find Jim every winter at Nantasket beach jumping into the chilly Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for the Easton Tigers to date he has raised over $50,000 to support the athletes of Special Olympics Massachusetts. What youth sports volunteer opportunities can I pursue? Community Rowing, Inc.
Special Olympics Massachusetts
- Tutors for Let’s Row Boston: Tutors for Row Boston come in to help our student athletes on a variety of subjects. We are looking for people who can make a weekly commitment from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Our athletes range from seventh to twelfth grade so a broad knowledge base of your subject is necessary. While we prefer if you can make it to both tutoring sessions during the week, coming once a week is acceptable pending a discussion with our academic coordinator. Subjects that we are most interested in are Science (biology, chemistry and physics) math, history and latin. Requirements: committed to helping our students athletes improve their performance in the classroom. We are looking for a teacher of the subject (current or former) or a college student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher within the subject in question. Please contact our Academic Coordinator, Lane Lauriat, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Van Drivers: Let’s Row Boston is looking for five people who can commit to one day a week to help the coaches with transporting our athletes from practice to our drop off locations at the Ruggles T-station. Volunteers would arrive at Community Rowing, Inc. at 5 p.m. to pick up the athletes to drive them to Ruggles and then return the vans to CRI after drop off. Volunteers can expect to be back to CRI no later than 6:15 p.m. depending on traffic. Requirements: Valid driver’s license, clean and safe driving record with no accidents in the last two years. Knowledgeable and comfortable driving in downtown Boston and the surrounding areas. Please contact our Program Director, Kaitlin Coulter at Kaitlin@communityrowing.org for more information.
- Let’s Row Boston Middle School Volunteer: This year Row Boston is looking for volunteers to help enrich the lives of Boston Public School youth through rowing. Volunteers are needed to help with transporting ergs, setting up and cleaning up at multiple Boston middle schools. If you’d like to volunteer your time, please contact Tiffany Macon at email@example.com or 617.779.8269.
- Sunday, October 28 - State Flag Football Championship at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough
- Jolly Jaunt 5K road race Series December 1 & 2 in 5 different locations (Boston, Danvers, Taunton, Hyannis & Springfield). Visit www.jollyjaunt.org for more details and volunteer registration.
- SOMA Winter Games March 9 & 10, 2013 in the Greater Worcester area. Details and volunteer information will be posted on www.specialolympicsma.org in January 2013.
Contact information: Special Olympics Massachusetts/The Yawkey Sports Training Center Matt Ruxton 508-485-0986 ext. 222, Matt.Ruxton@specialolympicsma.org
or Mary Beth McMahon at ext. 213 or Marybeth.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteers can support literacy, homework, and tennis in the Middle School Academy daytime and afterschool
- Volunteers can tutoring and coach Tenacity's College Prep high school students
- Summer brings the need for tennis and reading instructors at Tenacity sites throughout Boston
- Various administrative/consulting opportunities in support of Tenacity’s program staff always exist.
For more information please contact: Paula Coyle, Senior Director of Volunteers & Tenacity, Fellows, email@example.com New England Revolution collaborating nonprofit Doc Wayne, Do the Good
- Therapeutic referees
- Social media, blog, online support
- Development and fundraising initiatives
- Session monitoring and evaluation
- Equipment and field allocation and assistance
Interested volunteers should contact David Cohen, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
. The Patriots Charitable Foundation is proud to work in conjunction with Community Rowing, Inc., Special Olympics Massachusetts, Tenacity and Doc Wayne Do the Good for "Youth Sports Volunteerism" week. Community Rowing, Inc.
Community Rowing (CRI) was founded in 1985 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the belief that the sport of rowing provides unique abilities to promote personal and community growth through teamwork, discipline, and physical fitness. We are committed to making these opportunities available to all. CRI has become one of the largest rowing programs in the United States with over 5,000 people rowing with us annually. Special Olympics Massachusetts
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of well-coached Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Massachusetts also provides athletes with continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, express courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics Athletes, and the community. Tenacity
To improve the scholastic, character and physical development of urban youth by combining tennis instruction and academic support with a focus on life skills. New England Revolution collaborating nonprofit Doc Wayne Do the Good
At Doc Wayne our mission is to offer youth an innovative group therapy experience delivered through the medium of team sports stressing positive youth development. We provide trauma sensitive sport-based treatment to youth. With growing numbers of adverse childhood experiences in our communities, as well as incidents that can be classified as traumatic, providing a teen-friendly therapeutic outlet is valuable. Our do the good (DtG) curriculum and Chalk Talk group therapy program is based on The Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency Framework and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Our list of participants includes young people who are: