Volunteer Opportunities

MetroLacrosse Champions for Community Relay 2008

(Now until) May 23-24, 2008

This Memorial Day, remember how important sports can be in positively shaping the lives of America's youth and do something to make sure that ALL youth have the opportunity to play and grow!

In an effort to raise both awareness and garner support for their organization, MetroLacrosse is organizing the Champions for Community Relay. MetroLacrosse is a non-profit organization that, like SIS, is using the power of sport to change the world. The organization provides free lacrosse-based character education programs to over 500 youth in Boston's underserved urban communities.

Much like the Olympic torch, the official “game ball” for the first of two NCAA Division I semi-final games will begin a journey on the steps of the Massachusetts State Capitol and proceed through the communities of Boston that MetroLacrosse serves to Gillette Stadium. Each mile of the relay will be sponsored by a different Champion or supporting organization. The final leg of the Champions for Community Relay will take place in the minutes leading up to the semi-final game, the game ball will make its way into Gillette Stadium and be placed on the midfield line for the opening face off.

Leaders in Action has entered a team
in the relay and it is our goal to raise at least $2,500 and run at least one mile of the relayThe best part is that whatever funds we raise in this campaign will be matched by an anonymous donor and given to a Sport in Society.  This means that in one effort we will be able to hugely impact TWO incredible youth-serving organizations! WE NEED you to join or donate to the SIS Leaders in Action team!! In so doing, you will be helping to support both Sport in Society AND MetroLacrosse! SIS regularly collaborates with Metro and we are honored to help them in this endeavor.

Just think, if we are able to get 10 Leaders to take Action and join the team, each of us only needs to raise $250 to reach our goal...just think of how much money we are really capable of raising!

MetroLacrosse has generously allowed Leaders in Action to take the "Mission Hill" mile.  If you were a part of Leaders in Action when we ran the Mission Hill Road Race, you will know that Mission Hill is very special to Sport in Society because it is the home of Kevin Fitzgerald, who cofounded Sport in Society's Urban Youth Sports and was one of the greatest champions of Boston's youth the City has ever seen.

How YOU Can Act:
1. Join the Leaders in Action Relay Team as a runner or just a fundraiser
Contact Meghan Mahoney or find us on the relay's Kintera fundraising page by clicking "Join a Team."

2. Donate to the Leaders in Action Team on the relay's Kintera fundraising page.

3. Spread the Word and get others to make a donation to the Leaders in Action Team!

2008 Double Dutch League of MA Boston Tournament

April 26, 2008
9 am - 3 pm
Northeastern University

Sport in Society's Urban Youth Sports will host its annual DDLM Boston tournament.  If you've never seen Double Dutch before then don't miss this opportunity to help out and watch some amazing feats in the process!  Many of Boston's teams go on to compete at national and world competitions every year, but in order to get there, they have to compete in Boston first!

Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help with registration, team management, scoring, counting, etc.  Come for as long as you can even if you can't make the whole day!

Email Meghan Mahoney if you are interested.

Sport in Society's 18th Annual Human Rights Leadership Forum

May 7, 2008
8 am - 1 pm
Northeastern University

Sport in Society's Human Rights Leadership Forum is an event that honors over 500 students, who have spent at least one year reducing prejudice and violence within their schools and local communities. These students have been a part of Sport in Society's Project TEAMWORK and Mentors in Violence Prevention Programs and have formed "Human Rights Squads" to use what they learned to make a difference.  

In light of the upcoming Beijing Games, this year’s theme “Human Rights and the Olympics” will bring together social justice activists from diverse backgrounds to speak on various aspects of this pertinent issue. During the forum, four schools or groups will receive awards for their efforts and service to their community.

Volunteers are needed to help run the event on the 7th.  The event runs from 8am until 1pm and we invite people to come for as little or as long as they can/would like.

Did we mention free food and t-shirts?!?!

Please email Meghan Mahoney if you are interested.

The Kevin Fitzgerald Fund Neighborhood Challenge

In October 2008 Sport in Society will launch the Kevin W. Fitzgerald "Giving Back" Fund. 
The Fund was created to honor Kevin’s legacy of championing the causes of children throughout his lifetime. 

Kevin strongly believed that children’s development, self-esteem and values are improved by the introduction of physical activity and healthy development opportunities. He worked tirelessly for children who are underserved because in his own words “they are the City’s children, the City’s future and they deserve every advantage that the City can offer them”. He felt every child deserved equal access to activities that would keep them active, safe, engaged and healthy.

One of his crowning achievements in this commitment to serving Boston’s children was Urban Youth Sports. Realizing the inherent value that sports and physical activity have upon children, Kevin helped found the Urban Youth Sports Program in 1997. The mission of Urban Youth Sports is to promote the health and well-being of urban youth through physical activity and healthy development initiatives.

Leading up to the October event launch, the Fitz Fund team will be coordinating a City-wide fundraising challenge and NEEDS YOUR HELP! Some of Boston's most prominent leaders will be teaming up and vying against one another to see whose neighborhood can rally to support this wonderful cause!  This is an opportunity for the Leaders in Action, to participate in a community-wide initiative to increase opportunities for Boston's youth!  The teams need CREATIVE, ENERGETIC, young leaders to help out in championing this cause and finding innovative ways to promote the Fitz Fund.  Not only is this a great way to help the community, but it's an ideal chance to work hand in hand with some of Boston's most powerful figures.

If you are interested in learning more or joining a team (regardless of your own neighborhood), email Meghan Mahoney

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