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.
The Jamaica Pond Parkrun will celebrate its one-year anniversary this Saturday -- with what else -- a run around Jamaica Pond. Jamaica Pond Parkrun is a free, weekly, 5K timed run. Everyone is welcome to take part as a runner, walker, volunteer or spectator. Obviously, Jamaica Pond had quite a history before the Jamaica Pond Parkrun ever came to it. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted made the glacier-carved land into one of the jewels of the Emerald Necklace, a string of heartbreakingly beautiful green spaces in Boston.
The state's Department of Conservation and Recreation is providing $50,000 on top of $25,000 from Converse and Wheels of Steel to renovate an existing skateboarding rink on the Southwest Corridor.
The rink is between the Green Street and Stonybrook MBTA stations and has makeshift skateboarding ramps. “I’m incredible grateful for the partnership between DCR, Converse, and Wheels of Steel, which will fund the much-needed renovation of an outdoor recreational space for our community’s youth and future generations to come,” said state Rep. Liz Malia (D-11th Suffolk). Every year, the DCR accepts applications from organizations to provide funds for park improvements that are matched by DCR. DCR doubled the combined $25,000 donation from Converse and Wheels of Steel, giving $50,000, for a total budget of $75,000. The project is expected to go out to bid this winter and DCR would like to start work during the spring.