The Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League Girls Softball team overcame intense heat and strong competition to capture the 16U Mayors Cup Championship on July 14. The JP team played six games in two days, after defeating defending champs East Boston in the first game. They emerged victorious with a nail-biting 6-5 victory in the championship game over Parkway Girls Softball. In all, four of the five games were decided by a margin of one or two runs, including an exciting walk-off victory that sent Regan League to the finals. “I am proud of the incredible effort and teamwork that the girls showed.
Starting June 8th and every week thereafter the Jamaica Plain Parkrun will take place at the Arnold Arboretum. The Jamaica Pond path that Jamaica Pond Parkrun uses as its course has played host to runners, walkers, and all manner of outdoor enthusiasts for more than 100 years now. So maybe it comes as no surprise that from time to time, the Boston Department of Parks and Recreation has to perform some upkeep so it remains smooth, beautiful, and welcoming for future generations. That’s the situation for JPparkrun right now. You may have even noticed the construction equipment and fencing that’s been popping up lately.
Special Olympics Massachusetts, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and the Boston Police Department will host Boston’s Inclusive Community Sports Day at the James W. Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain on April 27. This is the first time Special Olympics Massachusetts and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston have partnered with each other for this kind of event. The goal of the event is to come together as a community to celebrate inclusion and wellness while providing information about the work done by Special Olympics Massachusetts and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. There will be free activities for all ages and abilities, including sports stations for soccer and track & field, fitness activities, yoga, wellness booths, nutrition tips, healthy foods from the Fresh Truck, Boston Police Department ice cream truck and so much more! Everyone is welcome: families, children, teens, and adults, those with and without disabilities, Boston residents and non-Boston residents.
Fresh from celebrating their first birthday last month, Jamaica Pond Parkrun will be celebrating the Boston Marathon with a Saturday morning run. Everyone is welcome to come join us for this free event. Shake out those legs, run with family and friends, or come to soak up the carnival atmosphere. We will run two laps around Jamaica Pond. Join us for coffee and company at City Feed & Supply on Centre Street after the run.
Running brought Megan Bunnell together with Eric Schlobohm, her boyfriend of eight years, and now she is running her first ever marathon to support an organization that is close to both of their hearts.
As a member of Team Joslin for the Boston Marathon, Bunnell is helping to raise money for Joslin Diabetes Center, where Schlobohm has been a Type 1 diabetes patient for years, as they search for a cure for diabetes and continue top-notch research and care. As a fourth year medical school student at Dartmouth, Bunnell understands the basics of diabetes, but she says her challenge is “balancing the medical knowledge while still being Schlobohm’s support system first.” Bunnell says the nurses and doctors at Joslin have been incredibly helpful in answering all her questions while being respectful of Schlobohm as the patient. Bunnell wants to raise money for Joslin for everything they have done for Schlobohm, but she also has an appreciation for the center through her father. Her dad is a general pediatrician down the street from Joslin and relies on them as an organization. “Some of his patients have diabetes, and it’s a big deal knowing he can send them to Joslin for excellent care,” said Bunnell.