Tis the season yet again for an icy speedo run through the streets of Boston with the SSRunners for my favorite charity, The Play Ball Foundation! I am the Chair of the Development Committee on Play Ball's Board and this year's year-end development efforts are more important than ever, as we have almost doubled our total number of kids served in the last year!
Last year's goal was to launch our programs in Lawrence, MA and get another 1,000 kids playing sports. We accomplished that goal, so we now have 1,200 kids in the Boston Public Middle Schools from 22 schools on 57 teams playing football, volleyball, baseball, Double Dutch, soccer, and ice hockey. In the Lawrence Public Schools, we now have 1,000 kids playing flag football, cheerleading, cross country, soccer, baseball, track, volleyball, golf, field hockey, tennis, and wrestling.
We need to raise $200,000 in the next few months to ensure we can keep the spring programs funded for 2017. Pay-to-Play fees are not affordable for most Boston and Lawrence families, where over 75% of students live at the poverty level. These kids would not be playing sports without your help and we have to keep them out on the field, because more than 75% of them have never played an organized sport before and more than half have never even tried their sport before.
The event is this Sat, Dec 10 in case anyone would like to join us. We need more runners to help us raise this much needed money. I am shooting to raise $10,000 personally so I can try to be 5% of the total raise. Can you help me get there?
Thank you very much for your consideration and Happy Holidays.