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WHO WE ARE

Founded to address the inequities of accessible school-based sports programs between Boston students and their suburban counterparts, the Play Ball Foundation was started in 2005 by Mike Harney.

Play Ball began by raising funds to create school-based sports leagues for youth in under-resourced Boston Public Middle Schools. Since then, Play Ball has expanded beyond Boston to Lawrence and Holyoke. In its history, Play Ball has raised more than $2,000,000 and has engaged over 10,000 urban middle schoolers. 

THE PLAY BALL TEAM

Mike Harney

FOUNDER + BOARD CHAIR

Mike is a Managing Director at BTIG in Boston and is a graduate of Georgetown University where he played Division I lacrosse, and went on to play professionally. Mike founded the Play Ball Foundation in 2005 with the idea to provide Boston’s youth the chance to receive the same opportunity and benefit that athletics provided him as a child. 

 

"Play Ball began with the simple goal of getting more feet on the field year-in and year-out, and with that focus, we now have over 1,300 middle school students engaged in athletics.”

Chris Lynch

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Chris is the Executive Director of the Play Ball Foundation.  He has worked to increase opportunities for under-served youth through sports for more than 20 years. For the past eight years, Chris was the COO of SquashBusters, a sports-based youth development program, where he helped oversee the expansion from Boston to Lawrence and Providence. Prior to that, Chris ran the Boston Youth Sports Initiative, a funding and network building effort to support the range of youth sports programs in Boston. Chris has a Masters of Education from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts from Bates College, where he played squash and lacrosse.

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THE BOARD

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Jon Bordeau

Managing Director

Morgan Stanley

FAVORITE SPORT

Golf

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Rob Broggi

Portfolio Manager

Monashee Investment Management

FAVORITE SPORT

Football

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Chris Davis

Vice President, Global Market

New Balance

FAVORITE SPORT

Premier League & La Liga

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Kelly Downing

Vice President, Marketing

Uwill

FAVORITE SPORT

College Basketball

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Andrew Frank

Partner

Whale Rock Capital

FAVORITE SPORT

Golf

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Robert Gibbs

Global Dir., Brand + Media Partnership

Google Cloud

FAVORITE SPORT

Rugby

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FAVORITE SPORT

Soccer

Eric Greenberg

Partner

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

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FAVORITE SPORT

Whatever my kids are playing

Patrick Harney

Senior Director

TwinFocus Capital Partners, LLC

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Matt MacDonald

Partner

Ernst & Young

FAVORITE SPORT

Hockey

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Kristy Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer 

Whale Rock Capital

FAVORITE SPORT
Golf

FAVORITE SPORT

Golf

George McGoldrick

President

Black Rock Country Club

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A. Peter Monaco

Managing Director

Raptor Capital Management

FAVORITE SPORT

Hockey

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Stu Porter

Founder, Managing Partner

Denham Capital

FAVORITE SPORT

Football

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Benjamin Small

Chief Operating Officer

Birchview Capital

FAVORITE SPORT

Soccer

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Soccer

Katie Small

Development Associate

Play Ball Foundation

FAVORITE SPORT

Soccer

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College Football

Pete Thamel

Writer

Yahoo! Sports

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Scott Baughman
Vice President, GW&K Investment Management

Mackenson Charles
Director of Inclusive City Initiatives, Special Olympics Massachusetts

John Dolan
Director of Investor Relations, Summit Partners

Ian Franke
Managing Director, Institutional Insurance Group

Mike Frisorra
Vice President, Charles Contracting

Brendan Sandel
Account Executive - Financial Services, Pegasystems 

Interested in joining our Advisory Council or

Young Professionals Board?
 

E M A I L

info@playballfoundation.org

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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.