Boston Scores Creates Community Through Activity During Pandemic

With reports of students suffering from social isolation and fundraising efforts facing strong headwinds, Jamaica Plain-based BostonScores, one of the largest afterschool providers of the Boston Public School System, found an ingenious way to fill two needs with one deed. On June 1, the 20-year old organization started Boston Moves!, a campaign that allows individuals to form virtual teams around the goal of being active and raising critical funds for underserved Boston students. The campaign hit the nerve of the current times: Fifteen teams (and counting) are now competing with each other in the categories of most active minutes per week and most funds raised. Among them are the New England Revolution front office, Deloitte and Acadian Asset Management, as well as several groups of individuals. The most active team logged an average of 60 daily minutes of activity for each participant during the past week.

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Boston Scores Providing Face Masks to Students and Families

Boston Scores, one of Boston Public School’s largest afterschool programs, has committed to distribute up to 5,000 non-surgical face masks to the students and families they serve. With the donation of masks, Jamaica Plain based Boston Scores is helping to meet one of the community’s most pressing health needs. Many of the students that Boston Scores serve live in family and community circumstances that are highly vulnerable: they lack financial security for unexpected expenses, they do not possess affordable and accessible healthcare, and they have few options to proactively minimize the economic and health risks of this pandemic. With PPE equipment in short supply, Boston Scores was able to reallocate a portion of its operating funding to purchase more than 5,000 masks to help its students and families to safely go outdoors, run errands and pursue other essential activities. The offer has been greatly appreciated by the community and more than half of the masks have already been allocated to schools and community partners in Roxbury and surrounding neighborhoods.

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JP Nonprofit Boston Scores Awarded $100,000 Grant

Jamaica Plain-based Boston Scores is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive a grant of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation's "$100K for 100" program. Thanks to the grant Boston Scores will be able to provide more students sports-based youth development programming. Boston Scores delivers sports-based youth development programs to economically disadvantaged Boston Public School students from kindergarten through 12th grade, using nationally recognized curriculums to address the needs, abilities and interest levels of each age group and to develop the whole child. Boston Scores creates teams around soccer and preserves those teams in the classroom to engage students in academic enrichment and civic learning activities. Boston Scores staff joined 300 other guests at a reception in Woburn on June 11th to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston's nonprofit sector.

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