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The Game Plan SUPPORTING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH ATHLETICS Issue No. 17

May 2013

MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE BOSTON SCHOLAR ATHLETES

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

2013 BSA PEP RALLY

- Maya Angelou

Scholar-Athlete Spotlight

On Tuesday, April 30th, 650+ guests came out to support BSA in its 2nd annual fundraising gala at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. Guests included many business and civic leaders from the Boston community, as well as 230 BSA Zone Members, and a surprise appearance by celebrity guest and Boston-native Mark Wahlberg. The pep rally themed fundraising event raised more than $1.7 million to help support BSA and Boston Public Schools’ scholarathletes. The “Pep Rally” was an event unlike any other with all students dressed in BSA gear and Mayor Thomas Menino was presented with his own personal BSA varsity letter jacket. The event included plenty of fun for guests as BSA buttons, foam fingers, hats, and pom-poms allowed fans to join in the celebration! A big thank you to all our donors and supporters – your generous contributions continue to allow BSA to serve over 4,000 scholar-athletes.

BSA LAUNCHES ZONE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The newly piloted BSA Scholarship Program will be awarding 18 one-time scholarships of $1,500 to BSA Zone Members on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at the Scholarship Banquet at Hibernian Hall. The purpose of the BSA Zone Scholarship is to assist Zone Members in their pursuit of higher education, which is one of BSA’s primary programmatic goals.

Each recipient, chosen from one of our 19 Zones, met the criteria of being a FullTime Zone Member, having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrating leadership qualities, and providing a letter of acceptance and proof of enrollment from an accredited 2-4 year college. The BSA Scholarship Program is a continued effort to combat the financial barriers our students face in their pursuit of higher education. BSA plans to increase the Scholarship Program next year by awarding up to two (2) scholarships per Zone. We are thrilled to be moving forward with this new program to help our students reach their full potential!

Our May Scholar-Athlete of the Month is Manny Martinez! Manny is a senior at East Boston High School and captain of the baseball team. He is a fulltime Zone Member and as a result has been able to raise his GPA from a 1.67 to a 3.25. He is described as the consummate team player and serves as a mentor to both his friends and his teammates. His teachers are continuously impressed with his maturity, time management skills, organizational skills, determination, and focus both on and off the field. He is a candidate for Most Valuable ScholarAthlete (MVSA) this semester and has been a league star in baseball for the past two (2) seasons. He is the 2nd leading hitter on the team, and also leads the team in RBI’s and HR’s. He plans to attend college in the fall, and is currently in the process of making his final decision. Manny attributes all of his academic success to the Zone. Congratulations, Manny! Recommended by: Dave Arinella, Zone Facilitator at East Boston High School


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UPCOMING EVENTS: BSA SCHOLARSHIP BANQUET Wednesday, May 15, 2013 6:00pm – 9:00pm Hibernian Hall BSA ALL-ZONE T-SHIRT DAY Friday, May 17, 2013 All Day, 19 Zones MEMORIAL DAY – NO SCHOOL Monday, May 27, 2013 All Zones Closed all BSA BANQUET Wednesday, June 5, 2013 6:00pm – 8:00pm Northeastern Ell Hall BPS STUDENT PHYSICALS DAY More information to come BSA SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS – CONGRATULATIONS! Virginia McCaughey - BLA Lauren Palermo - BLS Shantal Solomon – BCLA Christian Romero – Brighton Shannon Simpson – Charlestown Vanessa Vilbert – Snowden Guy Francois –O’Bryant Daniel Marifiote – East Boston Tina Sadberry - ACC Jordan Carter – English Tatenda Mundeek – South Boston Charlise Jones – Fenway Davina Tran – Dorchester Kirina Larytea – The Burke Raheal Sarblah – International Amber Edwards – Madison Park Patricia Gary – Tech Boston Alejandro Lopez – West Roxbury

INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? Contact Megan Morin 617.517.4598 mmorin@bostonscholarathletes.org

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BSA SPRING FIT PROGRAM On Tuesday, April 16, 2013 BSA hosted a week long strength and conditioning program for all Boston Public High School students called, ‘Spring Fit’. Similar to the BSA Summer Fit Program, Athletic Evolution trainers instructed the scholarathletes on a mix of traditional callisthenic and body weight exercises, interval training, and strength training at The Kroc Center. BSA Fit strength and conditioning programs are specifically designed to help athletes of every caliber achieve their goals, prepare to perform at their best, and train to compete no matter what sport they play. BSA’s Summer Fit Program will begin in July 2013. For more information on BSA Fit Programs, please visit the BSA website!

ALL-STAR WINNERS RECOGNIZED AT TD GARDEN

On Sunday, April 28, 2013 during the Celtics vs. Knicks first-round playoff series game, the winners of the Boston City League & BSA All-Star basketball games had a chance to be recognized in front of a crowd of 18,624 fans! In addition to watching the game from loge seats, the boys’ and girls’ All-Stars split into two co-ed teams and played a sevenminute scrimmage at halftime on the parquet floor!

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were provided with Celtics jerseys for the scrimmage along with trophies and a well-deserved acknowledgement at center court. Boston Latin Academy’s Fiona Sugrue and AgnewCarter took home MVP honors from the scrimmage. Coaching the winning boys’ All-Star team was Brighton High School boys’ basketball Head Coach Hugh Coleman. The girls’ team was coached by Boston Latin Academy’s, Emily Hunter-Coleman. Congratulations to both teams on a job well done!

Facilitator of the Month Terrell Maddox is our Facilitator of the Month! Terrell is a Senior Zone Facilitator at TechBoston Academy and has been with BSA for 2 ½ years. He attended New Mission High School and played basketball there all four (4) years. For college, Terrell went on to attend UMASS Boston where he also played basketball as a forward. Terrell obtained his B.A. in Marketing and Business Management and attributes much of his academic success to his continued involvement in athletics throughout his high school and college career. Terrell’s favorite thing about working for BSA is his direct involvement with the students. He truly enjoys seeing the positve impact BSA has had and continues to have on his students everyday. Terrell says, “working with kids one-on-one or putting on an All-Star game to ensure the students receive the recognition piece is so important for them. It is truly an invaluable feeling knowing I play a role in their success and in their future. It makes being a Senior Zone Facilitator the best job ever.” Congratulations, Terrell!


2013 May Newsletter