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"The Pride of Hyde Park"'s Sports Education Initiative: Boston Athletic Academy

Discussion in 'Red Sox Forum' started by Reverend, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. Reverend

    Reverend for king and country Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    So, I've become associated with what could be the SoSHiest initiative since @jose melendez conspired to send a truck around Africa spreading awareness about the Red Sox (and also fighting HIV).

    Basically, the Pride of Hyde Park, Red Sox World Series Champion and all around swell guy, Manny DelCarmen is launching a program to combine athletics and tutoring and mentoring for Boston youth.

    This is a new project getting off the ground and seems like something really cool that we could support. Here's the flyer for the opening event, and then I'll post the press release.


    I've talked to a few others here (including our mod overlords) about this and I think this is a great opportunity for us to get involved in a really positive way that frankly is so much what we are about--not just for fundraising (but yes, obviously that!) but, given the talent and interests here, for real direct action in the community.
  2. Reverend

    Reverend for king and country Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    Dominic Amenta | DPA Communications
    dominic@dpacommunications.com |781-789-5074


    Former Boston Red Sox Pitcher Manny DelCarmen Hosts “Strikes Back for Youth” Bowling and Ice Cream Event to Announce Upcoming Boston Athletic Academy in Hyde Park

    World Series Champion and the “Pride of Hyde Park” to Open Baseball Complex and Summer Camp Series with Childhood Friend José Diaz in Hometown, Kicking Things Off at Ron’s Gourmet Ice Cream and Twentieth Century Bowling Alley

    Boston, Mass. (April 12, 2018) — Manny DelCarmen, Former Boston Red Sox Pitcher and 2007 World Series Champion, and his childhood friend José Diaz are proud to announce the launch of the Boston Athletic Academy, located in their neighborhood of Hyde Park. Boston Athletic Academy will kick off the official announcement with “Manny DelCarmen Strikes Back for Youth,” a bowling and ice cream event at Ron’s Gourmet Ice Cream and Twentieth Century Bowling Alley, located at 1231 Hyde Park Ave, Hyde Park, MA on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

    Manny DelCarmen Strikes Back for Youth will feature the first look at renderings and images of Boston Athletic Academy, as well as the opportunity to talk with Manny, José Diaz and their team about their passion project, which will give kids the chance to further their baseball skills at the complex while receiving educational and college preparatory assistance. Guests will have the chance to bowl and compete directly against Manny for a chance to win free ice cream provided by Ron’s. Silent auction items will be up for grabs, including four Red Sox home game tickets with VIP experience, an autographed Jackie Bradley Jr. game jersey and a signed baseball from Rick Porcello. Cost to participate is $15 per person, which includes two strings of bowling, shoe rental and one raffle ticket. Non-bowlers are encouraged to make a donation to Boston Athletic Academy.

    “Growing up in Hyde Park, we would spend hours and hours at Ron’s when baseball wasn’t in season, staying off of the streets, trying to out-bowl one another for bragging rights,” said President and Co-Founder, José Diaz. “It’s exciting, and fitting, that Ron’s, our old childhood stomping grounds and a Hyde Park landmark, is where we get to debut our plans for a place we hope kids will spend hours and hours during the off-season.”

    Boston Athletic Academy will be located at 54 Walter Street in Hyde Park, featuring batting cages, artificial turf throughout the complex, a separate exercise area for strength and conditioning, pitching mounds and all necessary hitting equipment including, but not limited to, bats, baseballs, helmets and batting gloves. Boston Athletic Academy will also have classrooms where student-athletes have quiet areas to study, receiving tutoring and focusing on homework during the school year.

    “Hyde Park provided me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of not only playing Major League Baseball, but playing professionally for my hometown team, the Boston Red Sox,” said Vice President and Co-Founder, Manny DelCarmen. “That same dream lives within many kids playing baseball in Hyde Park on the same baseball fields I played on growing up. It gives me great pride to open Boston Athletic Academy in my own neighborhood, showing these kids that success has no boundaries, and this great town can provide them the same opportunity I was given.”

    For more information about the Boston Athletic Academy, please visit Boston Athletic Academy on Facebook, or email bostonathleticacademy@gmail.com. To register and confirm a spot for bowling, please visit www.eventbrite.com/bostonathleticacademy.

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  3. Reverend

    Reverend for king and country Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    So, anyone like baseball and helping people and education?
  4. glasspusher

    glasspusher Member SoSH Member

    I do, but I'm on the wrong coast.
  5. The Allented Mr Ripley

    The Allented Mr Ripley holden Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    What's the age range of kids in the program? If it includes upperclassmen in high school, I'd be happy to talk to them about creating a resume, networking, the importance of finding appropriate internships, job seeking/interview advice, etc.

    Also happy to donate any artwork for fundraisers.
  6. Reverend

    Reverend for king and country Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    High school kids with a plan for 9-12 college prep and mentoring.

    So this would be fantastic.

    You've inspired me to realize that I should just post the mission statement that was filed--thank you, I'm new to this stuff. :wooper: Hopefully this will help to clarify the project:

    Mission Statement and Development Plan

    The mission of Boston Athletic Academy (BAA) is to educate and train underprivileged student-athletes in an environment that recognizes their culture, language, customs, and most importantly their growth potential as individuals. BAA will provide assistance to student athletes to enable them to thrive in and out the classroom. We aim to build strong ties with local communities and plan to partner with local schools, businesses, and organizations to assist us in guiding our student-athletes.

    The core of Boston Athletic Academy will be our membership and mentoring program, offering student athletes of all ages afterschool training in the sport of their choice, combined with intensive academic tutoring – both content and skill based – at the appropriate grade level. Members will participate in our academic success program, designed to prepare student-athletes for the rigors of college coursework while providing guidance and assistance throughout the college application process, including standardized test preparation, college visits and interviews, and writing application essays. We will work individually with each of our members to develop a plan for college and career readiness that best fits their academic and athletic goals.

    Our college planning program will:
    • Provide support throughout the college search and application process, beginning in ninth grade
    • Help student athletes fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
    • Facilitate communication between college advisors, student athletes, and family
    • Engage college admissions staff on behalf of student athletes
    • Build a profile for each applicant, including a highlight video and academic transcripts
    • Offer private tutoring in any high school subject and for SAT, ACT, and SAT II subject tests
    To this end, BAA intends to establish a state of the art athletic facility that supports underprivileged student athletes in meeting their academic and athletic goals. Once realized, our sports and educational facility will fill the void left by competitors that are either too expensive to be accessible to low income families or ill-equipped to understand and address these families’ specific needs. We are currently in conversation to lease or purchase a building located at 54 Walter Street in Hyde Park. We have secured a vendor to install an indoor, multi-use-playing field covered with artificial turf and a basketball floor with a multi-use playing surface.

    In addition to making the facility available to our members and mentees, BAA will offer private sports lessons to the general public and will rent facility space for public and private use. Rental space and private lessons will be available at fixed rates on a half hour or hourly basis.

    Our fundraising efforts will begin through individual donations, and eventually expand into state-wide fundraising drives, including seeking corporate sponsorships. We will also seek the financial support of the local and state government through grants and other assistance programs.
    #6 Reverend, Apr 14, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2018
  7. Reverend

    Reverend for king and country Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    The MDC's Boston Baseball Academy announcement party got covered in the Herald today:

    ‘Pride of Hyde Park’ still throwing strikes: Ex-Sox reliever hits lanes for good cause

    I've also updated our mission statement (above) as the previous one sorta buried some of the lede of what we are about.
  8. Smiling Joe Hesketh

    Smiling Joe Hesketh All Hail King Boron Dope

  9. Reverend

    Reverend for king and country Lifetime Member SoSH Member

    I just wanted to thank SoSH and all the SoSHers who participated in this year's auction to raise over $10,000 for the Boston Athletic Academy.

    And I thank all you other SoSHers too, just for good measure. Not to mention the many people who didn't bid on anything but made donations--hat tip to you guys too.

    We really appreciate your generosity and will do good things with your donations.

    And go Red Sox!!
  10. BostonSportsFanNearDC

    BostonSportsFanNearDC lurker

    I'm new to this forum, and I still wish I was up in Cambridge. I would totally help out with this event especially for the kids of Hyde Park.

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