The Boston Scholar Athletes program (BSA) is a 501 c (3), non-profit organization who strives to reduce the opportunity gap for all Boston Public High School students. BSA was launched in the summer of 2009 with the support of Mayor Menino, in response to a series of Boston Globe articles that identified deficiencies within the Boston Public School's athletic programming. With Suffolk Construction’s CEO John Fish as the founder, BSA is a multi-million dollar program designed to maintain and enhance academic and athletic programming for 19 Boston Public High School buildings, through uniquely innovative school-based learning centers called Zones. The program's mission is based on the proven link between athletic participation and positive academic performance. BSA provides a necessary connection between the public and private sectors of the Boston community, linking the athletic capital from professional sports teams, the academic capital from colleges and universities, and financial support for local businesses, directly to the scholar-athletes of Boston. BSA is committed to increasing the opportunities to succeed for Boston Public School scholar-athletes.
Zones are staffed, managed, and funded by Boston Scholar Athletes, and are available for use during the day and after-school, by all potential and current scholar-athletes in grades 9-12. Zones are dedicated spaces that foster and facilitate learning and education. They offer students a quiet, safe place to study, idea share, and connect with their teammates, peers, coaches, teachers, and other internal & external organizations. Zones are further resourced with school supplies, text books, and various technology including laptops, graphing calculators, e-readers, and flash drives to ensure our scholar-athletes have access to the most efficient and helpful learning tools. Managing the Zones are BSA Facilitators; a diverse group of 20+ staff who work within each school’s Zone on a full-time basis. They are responsible for encouraging and increasing year-round participation in the Zones, tracking members’ GPA’s and eligibility, and maintaining a positive, enticing, and thriving work environment. Since the establishment of BSA and the Zones, we have demonstrated noted improvement in student’s GPA’s, eligibility rates, and graduation rates.
On the field, we strive to improve the scholar-athlete experience through the provision of essential resources, such as uniforms and equipment, recognition opportunities such as All-Star games, and athletic education, including skills training and conditioning sessions. BSA provides regular instruction and support to the coaching staff to ensure they are properly trained both in their sport and more importantly in the philosophy that a coach is a mentor. Thinking back to the proven link between athletic participation and positive academic performance, the focus of our athletic initiatives are aimed at increasing the overall participation in athletics in Boston Public High Schools.
All support for the 2013 BSA Boston Marathon Team will help sustain one of our premier athletic initiatives; “BSA Fit”. This hugely popular program was launched in the summer of 2012 as a 6-week strength & conditioning program open to all Boston Public High School students. BSA partnered with professional-level Athletic Evolution to provide cutting edge training and fitness sessions for all attendees – regardless of experience. The results were clear – the participants valued and benefited from their experience and wanted more. As such, the BSA is planning for a winter, spring, and fall “BSA Fit” session so students have year-round access to professional training. Your donation will help us make these programs a reality.