What is Beacons Academy?
Beacons Academy is a collaboration between UMass Boston athletics, Codman Academy, Dorchester YMCA and the Walter Denney Youth Center. The purpose of Beacons Academy is to expose students in our local community to sports they may or may not have played through one hour teaching and instructional sessions with our intercollegiate coaches and athletes. The goal of this program is to teach the sport but also teach the value of education, hard work and teamwork.
Beacons Academy – Thursday September 26th, 2013 brought another team into the fold of Beacons Academy as our Women’s basketball team had their opportunity to take part in this inaugural UMASS program. Our women’s players worked with 25 excited young ladies from Codman Academy on the fundamentals of basketball and being ready being prepared in life and on the court.
Beacons Academy - On September 12th, 2013 the UMASS Boston Men’s Basketball team kicked off the inaugural class of UMASS Bostons athletics newest community outreach program, Beacons Academy. Players and coaches from the team discussed the importance of academics and preparation for college and what it takes to be a student athlete. Once that portion was over the students in attendance were put through a 30 minute skills and drills sessions conducted by the UMB players.
Beacons Academy - On November 7th, 2013 the
UMASS Boston Men’s Baseball team got back to work with the
department wide Beacons Academy. Coach Eygabroat and his
players made two stops, the first being at the Dorchester YMCA to
work with the afterschool program of Codman Academy and the second
at the Walter Denney Center right in our own backyard. With
both groups Coach Eygabroat had the opportunity to discuss the
importance of academics while teaching the fundamentals of baseball
and the steps to becoming a good baseball player and teammate.
Beacons Academy – November 21st, 2013 saw our Women’s Softball team step into the Beacons Academy fold as they taught 25 girls from the Codman Academy school softball tips of the game and the importance of staying on the current course they’re on as it relates to education. Coach Ardagna also took time to speak about some of her experiences as a student athlete, which helped bring the possibilities and realities to life.