Community Outreach - Archived Events

Women’s Basketball - “The Value of Teamwork” – April 24th – With their second event in as many days the UMASS Boston Women’s Basketball Team participated in the annual “Bring Your Child To Work” event run by the staff and faculty of UMass Boston.  Over 50 kids had a chance to learn the game of basketball from players of our Women’s teams.  While most of the kids have played basketball before they took special interest in learning from real college players. The event was a huge success and great learning experience for our student athletes and children who participated.

Women’s Basketball - “The Value of Teamwork” – April 23rd – As a part of the Dream Big Foundation, the UMASS Boston Women’s Basketball team stepped out on the road to conduct a basketball clinic for young girls who are a part of this wonderful program.  UMASS players and coaches had an opportunity to interact, discuss and speak to young girls about playing basketball and the importance of focusing on academics while giving these young girls a day to remember.

Charlie Titus - Read Aloud Day At The Trotter School – April 11th - Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation,  Special Projects and Programs Charlie Titus took part in an event that he holds near and dear to his heart.  The “Read Aloud Day” at the Trotter School is an event that brings local leaders into the school to read to children of specific classes.  The afternoon was a great opportunity for the children of the Trotter School to pick the brain and hear a story read to them by Vice Chancellor Titus.  We’d like to thank the Trotter School and the faculty and staff who had a hand in making this event great.

Women’s Hockey – “The Value Of Teamwork” - March 28th – The UMASS Boston Women’s Ice Hockey took part in a first, as it relates to some of the other community service events that the department has done to this point.  The team assisted staff and volunteers of the Mather School with setup for their Tag Sale to benefit the Parent Council at the Mather.  The student athletes helped fold, sort, price and categorize items all for the big sale.  We’d like to thank Mather Elementary School for having our team out and giving us an opportunity to help.

Softball – “The Value Of Teamwork” - On March 4th/7th - The UMass Boston Women’s Softball team visited the Friends of Boston’s Homeless in Quincy on two separate occasions to help serve dinner to people of the shelter.  This event gave our student athletes a great opportunity to give back and also marks the first of many upcoming projects that UMASS Boston Athletics department hopes to collaborate on with the Friends of Boston’s Homeless. We’d like to thank the Friends of Boston’s Homeless group for welcoming our team.

Women’s Basketball – “The Value Of Teamwork” - On February 3rd - The UMass Boston Women’s Basketball team visited the Broad Meadows Middle School in Quincy to conduct a basketball clinic for an excited group of over 30 girls from the Quincy Youth Basketball League. Girls from the league had an opportunity to go through drills,  skills competitions as well as passing and dribbling stations conducted by our own Coach Mattingly and players from her 2013-2014 Women’s Basketball team.  We’d like to thank the Quincy Youth Basketball League for inviting our team over and specifically Daniel Totten for his help in making this happen.

Women’s Soccer – “The Value Of Teamwork” - On January 31st - In our continued effort to work with our surrounding communities and friends our Women’s Soccer team took a trip over to Braintree to conduct a small youth clinic with youth from the Braintree U10 soccer league.  The children who participated in this short clinic had an opportunity to ask questions of our Women’s Soccer players while also learning some of the fundamentals of soccer while hearing what it’s like to be a student athlete. We thank all the kids who participated in this clinic and thank you all for coming out.

Women’s Hockey – “The Value Of Teamwork” - December 12th – For the "Shop With A Cop" event which is under the new moniker "Heroes and Helpers" the women's ice hockey team joined members of the Boston, Dorchester, and UMass Boston police departments at the Target South Bay.  Over 250 children from the city of Boston had the opportunity to shop with the Beacons and of course some local heroes as they got ready for the holiday season.

Women’s Basketball,  Softball,  Volleyball, Soccer – “The Value Of Teamwork” – December 12th - Members of four of our Intercollegiate Athletics teams take part in the annual Helping Hands event.  The children involved had the chance to meet, play, color and jump rope with athletes from UMASS Boston.  The special guest of the night though was Santa Claus who brought toys and gifts for every child in attendance.  Thank you to all of the families that came out for this wonderful event.

Baseball – “The Value Of Teamwork” - December 7th – Coach Eygabroat and members of the UMass Baseball team welcomed teenagers from the BASE Baseball program.  The members of this program had an opportunity to go on a tour of UMASS Boston conducted by Coach Eygabroat and also had the chance to learn the rules of Compliance from the UMASS Boston Director of Compliance Tracey Hathaway.  We thank the Base group for coming out to UMASS Boston.

Men’s Hockey/Athletic Administration - “The Value of Teamwork”– November 26th - To commerate the Thanksgiving holidays our Men’s Ice Hockey team collaborated on a project with the Dever McCormack School,  3pt Foundation and Diamond Educators to serve 500 people in the Harbor Point community room.  Our team and staff helped put together bag lunches and hand them out to the community of harbor point.  This event was a huge success and another great step in continuing to build relationships.

Athletic Administration - “The Value of Teamwork” – November 21st – On November 21st our athletic department was lucky enough to be a part of the admissions tour for the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination students) students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School.  The students were given the opportunity to learn about athletics as well as take part in a Q & A with our Compliance Officer Tracey Hathaway and Community Outreach and Engagement Coordinator Oderra Jones.  We’d like to thank the UMASS Boston Admissions department and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School for allowing us to be a part of this experience.

Athletic Administration - “The Value of Teamwork” – November 8th - November 8th was a special day for our departments Compliance Officer Tracey Hathaway as she was asked to speak to a group of students from her hometown of Worcester, MA.  In all Tracey was able to speak with 74 students about what it is to be a college athlete, the importance of education and some things they need to begin thinking about at a young age in regards to college as a whole.  We’d like to thank the staff and administration at Worcester East Middle School for bringing the beacons to campus.

Men’s Hockey, Women’s Hockey - “The Value of Teamwork” – November 4th – An event that kicked off which both our Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Teams hope to continue into the future was our SCORE Boston hockey clinic.  Seventeen youth from the Score Boston hockey group took part in a clinic run by our two ice hockey team head coaches, Peter Belisle and Colleen Harris.  Coaches put the groups through different drills to help them prepare for their upcoming season.  We’d like to thank the SCORE Boston youth hockey group for coming out.

Men’s Soccer - “The Value of Teamwork” – October 5th – As each team does there part to reach out and bring teams in from our surrounding community the Men’s Soccer team brought in a familiar face accept it was the boys this time.  The Quincy youth soccer league brought 27 enthusiastic soccer players from their U10 league to watch an exciting game between ECSU and UMB.  After the game the children were treated to a soccer clinic run by the coaches and players of the UMB soccer team.  We’d like to thank Quincy Youth soccer and the parents of this group for giving us an opportunity to work with you all and bringing your children into the UMASS Boston family.

Men’s Hockey - “The Value of Teamwork” – October 3rd – The “Read For the Record” event has become an annual tradition for Coach Belisle and the Men’s Ice Hockey team and this year was no different as Coach Belisle, his players and coaches made their way over to the UMASS Boston Early Learning Center. Although reading was a big part of the event it wasn’t the only thing, as coaches and players helped the children draw animals that are found on a farm and helped the children with the singing of Old MacDonald.  The “Read For The Record” event is one that our coaches and players look forward to each and every year and this year was no different as some of our younger student athletes had the opportunity to be introduced to the program.

Men’s Hockey - “The Value of Teamwork” – October 2nd - In what will turn out to be a busy week for the UMASS Boston Men’s Hockey coaches and staff, Coach Belisle and his staff conducted a youth hockey clinic for players of the South Boston Youth Hockey League.  The night was the kick-off event for South Boston youth hockey and a great chance for the children to learn more about hockey and at the same time be put through different skills by a college hockey staff.  The turnout was great and we’d like to thank South Boston Youth Hockey for inviting us out to be a part of this event.

Women’s Soccer - “The Value of Teamwork” – September 28th – The UMB Women’s Soccer team continued to play a major role within community outreach program by bringing in 35 girls from the Quincy Youth Soccer program to be a part of the UMB athletics family.  The Quincy youth girls were treated to a pre-game soccer clinic held by our women’s soccer team which was followed by a pizza party.  The highlight of the day was each girl being a part of the national anthem and starting lineup ceremonies prior to the game.  Thank you to UMASS Boston women’s soccer as well as UMASS Dartmouth women’s soccer team for making this a very special day for these young ladies.

Men’s Soccer - “The Value of Teamwork” - September 21st – After our Men’s Soccer teams one goal victory over Southern Maine a group of our men’s coaches took part in a clinic to commemorate Dorchester Youth Soccer Day.  The children involved had a chance to watch an entertaining game and afterwards learn the fundamentals of soccer which we hope will last a lifetime.

Baseball - “The Value of Teamwork” – September 19th - Thursday September 19th marked a special day in Beacons athletics as we welcomed a first time group into the community outreach fold.  The Men’s baseball team invited children from the Beisboleritos program to campus for a baseball clinic.  The Beisboleritos program uses baseball to help children from rural Colombia learn leadership and team-building skills to help these and other students overcome violence and poverty in their communities.  Children that are a part of this program also had the opportunity to tour and learn about New York City and Boston and the rich history that both cities have to offer.

Men’s Soccer - “The Value of Teamwork” – September 7th – On a rare day off for our Men’s Soccer program they decided to make the day for some local children.  Head Coach Jake Beverlin and 4 of his players headed over to the Dorchester Youth Soccer Jamboree at Pope John Paul Park in Dorchester.  Coach Beverlin and his players worked with the children on some of the fundamentals of soccer and the value of playing as a team. A few kids also walked away with a UMASS Boston athletics bag.  Thank you Dorchester Youth Soccer for inviting us over and we look forward to working together more in the future.

“The Value of Teamwork” – September 2nd – In what will be the first of many different groups that our Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams will bring to campus, the Beacons women’s soccer team welcomed CSU to the UMASS family.  Girls from CSU had the opportunity to interact with our women’s team as well as be a part of the pre-game festivities.  The crowning moment was when the girls of CSU had the chance to escort our women’s players onto the field.  Thank you to the girls of CSU and our Women’s Soccer team for making this a special day.

“The Value of Teamwork” - August 27th - Not to be outdone by Monday’s group,  members of our Softball and Lacrosse team participated in the clean-up of the Trotter School in Dorchester.  Student athletes had an opportunity to paint, steam carpets, clean desks and learn about teaching from the people who do it on a daily basis.  The teachers were very appreciative and thankful to have our athletes there and we’d like to thank the students, coaches and staff that came out to participate, it truly was a team effort.

“The Value of Teamwork” - August 26th - To ring in the start of our fall sports season and to start the year off on the right foot our beacons athletics teams decided to give back.  The Beacons Women’s Soccer, Volleyball and Women’s Hockey team all took back in the clean up over at the Mather School in Dorchester.  Our student athletes and a number of athletic department staff helped teachers clean desks, organize files, lay out carpet and build shelving, all in an effort to make sure the teachers that work so hard understand that they have friends in UMASS Athletics.  Thanks you teams for coming out.

May 18th - The newly crowned Little East Conference Champions stepped away from the tennis courts for an afternoon.  Members of the team along with Head Coach Eric Berg volunteered for the Horizon For Homeless Children 5K Walk.  Members of the team manned the water stations,  helped with registration and assisted in any way needed for the event.  Horizons for Homeless Children is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families by ensuring that they are prepared for school success.

April 27th - The UMASS Baseball Team and athletic staff members took part in a very important inaugural event as they brought together families and children of Team IMPACT for a day at the ball park.  Although eight families and children came out to take part in the celebration the special guest for the day was Jake Parker who is a honorary member of our baseball team.  Jake had the opportunity to announce “Play Ball” to start the game and introduce the players as they came up to bat.  This was the first of many Team IMPACT events we hope to have in the future.  Thank you to Coach Eygabroat and his players.

April 24th - On Wednesday over 55 kids for the College Game day event at the UMASS Boston soccer fields.  Dever McCormack and the Frederick school participated in a number of drills and skill work run by our own UMASS Boston Women’s and Men’s soccer teams.  Once the drills were done each team had the chance to play a game against the opposing school with our women’s team playing the role of referees.  This first year event run by America Scores and hosted by UMASS Boston is one that we’re hoping to build bigger and better in the future.  Thank you to our Women’s and Men’s teams as well as Coach Zombeck and Coach Beverlin for their participation.

April 20th - This was a special day for the Boston State College alumni as well as the Dorchester Youth Lacrosse League as the UMass Boston Men’s Lacrosse team treated children from the league to a Lacrosse clinic.  Dorchester Lacrosse children braved the unusually cold conditions to take part in an hour and a half clinic before the Men’s team took on Salem State.  After the activities on the field were over each child got the experience of visiting the team locker rooms and receiving autographs,  before serving as ball boys for the game.

April 18th - The UMass Boston Volleyball team was the last scheduled event for the kids of the “Bring Your Kid To Work” event run by the staff and faculty of UMass Boston.  The kids had a chance to learn the game of volleyball from the 2012 LEC Champs/2012 NCAA Regional Champion Women’s Volleyball Team.  The event was a huge success and great learning experience for our student athletes and children who participated.

April 12th - This day was a special day for the VIP (Very Important Panthers) students of the Dever McCormack School as they were treated to a basketball clinic hosted by our UMass Boston Men’s and Women’s basketball teams.  This special group had the opportunity to learn about the importance of passing,  proper shooting techniques and ball handling.  This particular group of represented a group of students who were rewarded for attending school 25 straight days in a row.  Our students athletes had fun and look forward to this event again next year.

April 6th - Saturday, April 6 marked a remarkable date for our athletic department as our Softball team hosted student from  the Haggerstown School from the United Kingdom.  The students, in town for tours of local Universities played the part of eager and excited sports fans while our softball team played a doubleheader against Western Connecticut.   After the game the students were given a chance to hang out with the team, receiving autographed balls, hitting balls off the tee while soaking in the atmosphere of college athletics.  We’d like to thank coach Ardagna and her team for giving these students a truly wonderful experience.

March 6th - Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation,  Special Projects and Programs Charlie Titus took part in the “Get Caught Reading Event” held at the Richard J. Murphy school in Dorchester. Vice Chancellor Titus was one of many local politicians, educators and University personnel selected to read to a classroom of children.  VC Titus also touched on the importance of reading and the role it plays in his everyday life.

 Vice Chancellor Titus also had the unique opportunity to take part in his second reading event of the day.  This time the students were a group of 5th graders at the William Monroe Trotter School in Dorchester. Vice Chancellor Titus had the chance to interact with the children before getting down to the business of reading and stressing it’s importance.  The children loved this opportunity so much that the staff and teachers of this class are in the process of planning a trip over to UMass Boston for a tour and possible lunch event with Vice Chancellor Titus.

February 23rd - Members of the UMass Boston baseball and softball teams hosted the second annual All Dorchester Sports League Clinic in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium.  Over 30 boys and girls participated in the clinic with each child receiving one-on-one coaching from a Beacons player.

February 25th & 28th - On March 25th and 28th the Office of Athletics,  Recreation,  Special Projects & Programs continued their work with the U-ACCESS food pantry program on campus.  The U-ACCESS reach of the program is beginning to grow and even received attention from the Boston Globe for being one of the many campuses that are confronting hunger amongst students.

http://www.boston.com/yourcampus/news/umass-boston/2013/02/umass_boston_opens_pantry_for_students_who_cannot_afford_food.html

The U-ACCESS Food Pantry serves UMass students who have demonstrated a lack of financial means to purchase food.

February 19th - Our UMass Boston Mascot, Bobby Beacon was invited to take part in the February Flag Football Frenzy on February 19th, an event presented by Champs Boston, an initiative of the Boston Foundation.  Bobby joined children from Boston area schools as they stretched, ran drills, and prepared to participate in the youth flag football tournament. (photo credit The Boston Foundation)