The Game Plan SUPPORTING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH ATHLETICS Issue No. 15
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE BOSTON SCHOLAR ATHLETES PROGRAM
BSA WINTER FIT PROGRAM
“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.” - Michael Jordan
This past winter break, BSA continued its tremendous strength and conditioning program for all Boston Public High School students called, Winter Fit. Similar to the Summer Fit program, first offered this past summer, Athletic Evolution trained the scholar-athletes on a mix of traditional callisthenic and body weight exercises, and interval and strength training at Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. The BSA Fit programs are designed to help athletes of every caliber achieve their goals no matter what sport they play. This program helps students to perform, train, and play at a competitive level. Scholar-athletes as well as BSA staff participated in the week-long session together to learn the importance of working hard, staying in shape, and remaining at the top of your game both on the field, and in the classroom. Stay tuned for more BSA Fit details!
COACH STEVE ADAZZIO SPEAKS TO BURKE ATHLETES On Tuesday, February 26, Boston College firstyear head football coach Steve Addazio spoke to 30 Burke scholar-athletes in Bulldog Zone as part of the BSA Coaches Academy Speaker Series. Coach Adazzio’s message to the scholar-athletes was simple, “Stay away from drugs and negative people; respect women; and be the best student and athlete you can be.” Adazzio also stressed the importance of working hard and making sacrifices. The students listened attentively as Coach Adazzio went on to speak about challenges and obstacles they will continue to face throughout their high school, and college careers. He encouraged the students to be positive leaders at school, rather than disrupting classes or getting involved in violence. Before leaving, he left the students with his personal motto on how to be a successful scholar-athlete, “Good things happen to good people that work hard.” Throughout the spring season, BSA will feature some the most notable coaches and figures in Boston athletics through their Coaches Academy Speaker Series. For more information on upcoming speakers, visit the BSA website and check out the ‘Upcoming Events’ section!
Krystal Edwards is our March ScholarAthlete of the Month! Krystal attends Madison Park High School, and visits the Zone at least once a week. Her current GPA is 3.85. Krystal was co-captain of both the Lady Cardinal volleyball and basketball teams this school year. This winter season, Krystal averaged 21 points per game, and hit her 1000th career points mid-season against Cambridge Ringe, and Latin School. Krystal has been a consistent source of encouragement for her teammates. She is a three-sport athlete who utilizes her strong work ethic to ensure she is always able to rise to the challenge on, and off the court. Her future goal is to play college basketball, and to be the first in her family to get a Master’s degree. In the fall, she will be attending Union College as an esteemed Possee Scholar. Congratulations, Krystal! Nominated by: Breanna Akama, Zone Facilitator at Madison Park High School
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BSA VOLUNTEERS AT CRADLES TO CRAYONS
ALL-STARS AT CELTICS GAME Sunday, April 7, 2013, 6:00pm Celtics vs. Wizards SCHOLARS & STARS EVENT Wednesday, April 10, 2013 3:00pm-5:30pm Reggie Lewis Center PATRIOT’S DAY & APRIL VACATION – ZONES CLOSED Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 19 CRI PRACTICE TEST All students enrolled in CRI Course Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:00am – 1:00pm Location TBD
On Friday, February 22, BSA front office staff and Zone Facilitators volunteered their time at Cradle to Crayons in Brighton as part of a collaborative effort to provide essential goods to children across the Commonwealth who are homeless, or living in low-income households. The BSA teams’ help and hard work in the “Outfits and Library” sections played a critical role in keeping over 134 local children feel valued, safe, and warm this winter season. BSA staff also donated school supply items and toys to help support the thousands of children Cradles to Crayons serves. BSA scholar-athletes continue to participate in community service projects on a regular basis through their schools’ Zones.
Facilitator of the Month
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Eliza Bryant is our Zone Facilitator of the Month! Eliza is the Zone Facilitator at Boston Latin Academy, and is currently in her third year BSA. Eliza attended East Greenwich High School in Rhode Island where she played basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Eliza then went on to attended Smith College in Amherst, MA for her undergraduate studies in Political Science and Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in school counseling at UMASS Boston.
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Eliza’s favorite thing about working for BSA is not only being able to work directly with her own students, whom she is extremely fond of, but being connected to other Boston Public High Schools, and having the chance to witness the system-wide improvements that are taking place both in academics and athletics. Eliza also loves to work with her small team of Facilitators on a daily basis – which allows for valuable feedback and advice. She is not only a tutor, mentor, and friend to the scholar-athletes at BLA, but she is also their trusted advisor, and biggest fan!
INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? Contact Megan Morin 617.517.4598 firstname.lastname@example.org