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OUR IMPACT

Play Ball began with a simple mission in 2007: "Get More Feet on the Field" in Boston Middle schools. 

We wanted to address the disparity between what athletic opportunities were offered in Boston compared to the surrounding suburbs. Over the past 13 years, Play Ball’s impact has grown - more students have been inspired, more coaches have joined our mission and more cities have enthusiasticlly become part of the Play Ball community.  

3,200 students involved in our programs across three cities

9

Number of sports offered by Play Ball that a range of students want to play: Baseball, Basketball, Cheer, Cross Country, Flag Football, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Track, Volleyball

$0.00

Costs of Play Ball programs for students and families in Boston, Lawrence and Holyoke

“Play Ball provides the opportunities for kids to be introduced to different sports, to find their passion, to work as a team, to find their own self confidence, which is something we are all hoping that each kid will get a chance to be a part of.”

Brad Stevens

Boston Celtics Head Coach

COMMITMENT TO KIDS

$140

Play Ball cost per student average across our three cities

“Engagement in sports gives kids the opportunity to learn critical social/emotional skills, learning to give good effort, being a part of a team, those skills are learned in the crucial time of middle school.  Play Ball supports that in schools that may not otherwise be able to provide it for young people”

Dr. John McCarthy

Boston University School of Education

COMMITMENT TO KIDS

49 middle schools

in our three partner cities

40%

Percentage of girls who played in Holyoke’s Middle School basketball league had never played organized basketball before

“The kids feel a commitment to school, a commitment to each other, and a commitment to their team. They get tso much enjoyment and fulfillment out of the overall school experience beasue of what Play Ball has been able to do for the Lawrence Public Schools.”

John Patterson

Principal, Frost Middle School, Lawrence, MA

COMMITMENT TO KIDS

Make an Impact, Make a Donation

We believe in the power of sports. We believe in the power of our Play Ball students. We believe in the power of Play Ball communities. Help us strengthen our support by making a donation today. 

43%

Percentage of athletes more likely to stay in school than non-athletes 

Source: US Dept. of Health & Human Services

$2M+

the total amount of funding Play Ball has made in its history to support under-resourced communities in Massachusetts

About

The Play Ball Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Where

60 Thoreau Street, #255, Concord, MA

617-329-1460

info@playballfoundation.org

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