The NEBC was proud to host the Play Ball! Foundation Monday for seven innings of spirited baseball between the Roosevelt School of Hyde Park and the Greenwood School in Dorchester. As part of NEBC’s commitment to make field space available to players and teams with limited access to facilities, the teams traveled by bus to Northborough to play on the all-turf big diamond…a first for many of the players.
Program Director Jen Harney, who oversees the program created to provide inner-city students in need the opportunity to play sports, says field space is perhaps their biggest issue. Without playable fields, Harney said, “sports are just not an option for the kids. They don’t have a baseball glove, they don’t have a park to play in.”
“If field space were not an issue,” she told NEBC recently, “we could double the numbers.” And with the program currently serving 1200 middle-school aged players in the Boston Public School System, the need is great for additional space to accommodate these kids’ desire to play. In addition to baseball, Play Ball! coordinates teams for football, double dutch, ice hockey and soccer.
The uniqueness of Play Ball!’s mission, as Harney says, “is that we are in the schools. We are literally in the schools.” Coaches are teachers or administrators committed to giving students the opportunity to be the best players, students, and individuals they can be. These teacher/coaches, Harney says, “are the true heroes.” Their role, in addition to teaching and coaching, is to be role models and provide guidance for the student/athletes. Boston Public Schools, Harney said, “need someone at the school keeping the kids focused. The experiential feedback is incredible. Kids show up and are not a problem in class. There is a respect for seeing their teacher as a coach.”
And, she adds, “the ripple effect of sports that Play Ball! offers is really palpable in the schools.”
While field space is one of the greatest needs Play Ball! faces, so too is funding. With the per-player cost averaging only $250, Harney says the format of Play Ball! has been so refined over the years, growth is simply a factor of additional funds and places to play.
“We recently had 100 kids show up to try out for one baseball team,” Harney said, adding that turning away the vast majority of those who showed up was very difficult. “The coach decided to take 30 kids on the team,” she said, stating that the coach wanted to accommodate as many players as he could and would “figure something out” to manage a roster of that size.
The NEBC is proud to welcome Play Ball! to Northborough and looks forward to continued collaboration with this great program. To learn more about Play Ball! and to become involved and/or make a donation in support of their missions, follow this link.
Following a week of less-than-favorable weather, the NEBC Spring Development Program has continued to bring players to Northborough to improve their games. With the NEBC Coaching Staff running positional stations, the Spring Dev players enjoyed an evening of perfect weather, last night, as the program enters its third week. The NEBC Spring Development is one of several instructional programs to be delivered annually, fulfilling the NEBC’s commitment to make the Northborough facility the premiere baseball destination, for all teams and players.
As a “Complex” we maintain our roots in baseball. But with months of perfect playing weather once the baseball season has ended, we have enjoyed a growing partnership with other sports organizations, including soccer, lacrosse, softball, football…with many other sports expressing interest.
Check out our NEBC Sports page for more information and a simple inquiry form if you, or any sport organizer you know, would like to inquire about field availability. http://newenglandbaseball.com/nebcsports-complex/
We continue to enjoy our partnership with Body Armor, and in supporting their mission to delivery a healthier sport beverage to players of all ages. In our combined efforts to increase exposure for Body Armor at NEBC, we have completed the hanging of two entrance banners featuring Mike Trout and the full line of Body Armor sports drinks. When at the NEBC, visit our concessions between Fields 2 and 3.
Congratulations to the Poughkeepsie Lightning 10U win over Nokona Baseball in this weekend’s 10U Super25 Regional!
NEBC has been working with UMass Memorial Health Care and CareWell Urgent Care in a sponsor partnership that is taking shape throughout the Complex, staring with the branding of the Field 1 Scoreboard. UMass Memorial Health Care and CareWell Urgent Care recently moved into their new facility on the grounds of the NEBC, and will be partnering with NEBC in other ways in the future.
The NEBC is hosting a two-day workout clinic with over 30 inner-city Boston high school-age softball and baseball players who came to Northborough to learn from some of the area’s top baseball coaches and players.
Organized by the NEBC Sports Complex, the young players were bussed to Northborough to work with, and learn from, a full roster of baseball talent, including Worcester State Baseball Head Coach Dr. Dirk Baker, Head Coach Mike Callahan of WPI, Sam Sturgis of Pure Performance, and coaches from Tufts University, Framingham State and Trinity College. All coaches worked directly with the group, and shared strength and conditioning tips, fielding and batting skill work and other tips to improve their games.
Working with Boston Scholar Athletes, whose mission is to “support academic achievement through athletics,” NEBC brought the players to Northborough as an extension of the BSA’s commitment to help each student reach their academic and athletic potential, with an eye towards college admissions.
“This is an amazing opportunity for Scholar Athletes’ members, said Terrell Maddox, Senior Athletics Program Manager for BSA. “Through our partnership with New England Baseball Complex and others, we were able to organize a Scholar Athletes Experience and send nearly 100 Boston Public School athletes to their facility to participate in fundamental skills clinics, play regular season games and speak to the many college coaches in attendance about the college athlete recruitment process. know this will be an experience the members will always remember.”
With the NEBC’s involvement, both organizations look forward to increasing BSA students success in attaining college admittance through sports, and hopes to increase the recruiting aspect of the clinic in the future.
The Baseball Beanpot brought Boston College, Northeastern, Harvard, and UMass to Northborough yesterday for two games resulting in a win for BC, the 12th for them in Beanpot history.
Following the first game between Harvard and UMass (with a win by the Minutemen 6-2), NEBC’s Jason Kosow and Ted Novio, with coaches Mike Gambino (BC), Bill Decker (Harvard), Mike Stone (UMass), and Mike Glavine (Northeastern) presented John and Nancy Frates with a check for $5,000 in support of the Pete Frates ALS Research and Support Fund. Pete is a former BC player who, in 2006, went 4 for 4 at the plate, helping BC clinch a 10-2 championship win over Harvard. Yesterday’s Beanpot was the 10-year anniversary of that win.
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