EVENT: BSA SPIN-A-THON
EVENT DATE: Jun 08, 2013
Boston Scholar Athletes program (BSA) is hosting a spin-a-thon to raise funds in support of our BSA Fit Programs. This summer, we are excited to continue our unique strength and conditioning program called Summer Fit. Our Summer Fit program is available for free to all Boston Public High School (BPS) students. There are approximately 3,000 students participating in athletics within BPS, most of whom are categorized as low-income. It is crucial that these scholar-athletes have access to high quality and positive athletic activities over the summer months. This not only helps their physical conditioning and health, but also helps to decrease their opportunities of being involved in youth violence, and deviance that is prevalent in some under-serviced Boston communities. The BSA Summer Fit program’s goal is to increase student’s awareness of the BSA, and its resources – including the academic ‘Zones,’ as well as to help all BPS students maintain their level of physical activity in the summer while being involved in a positive, engaging program that teaches self-confidence, self-respect, and discipline.
Last year, we piloted the Summer Fit program at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center on Dudley Street. The program was 6-weeks long, with sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Before we began, we had no idea how many students would attend. The results were extremely positive. We found that a core group of students consistently participated in the sessions, while others were sporadic. Those that were consistent were interviewed, and spoke of an improved work ethic and physical fitness. They also thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to interact with students from other Boston Public High Schools. We also believe that this professional level, consistent, structured training inherently improved student’s leadership skills, time management abilities, and teamwork.
With this success, we are hoping to continue to develop our Summer Fit program this year to include training opportunities over other school breaks and holidays.