As one of the hardest-hit communities, fields & courts remain closed. Lawrence youth are also reporting high levels of anxiety, with city sports groups reaching only ¼ the # of kids as compared to the same time last year. Despite these concerning trends, we’re proud of the ways our coaches have maintained meaningful connections with players, including regular wellness checks, Zoom calls, and next-level remote programs that reward kids for practicing their skills, helping friends & families, and staying active. It’s obvious that kids want to be in person, playing and learning with their teammates. However, in “high-risk” Lawrence, those options aren’t possible. These challenges have forced us to rethink our approach and emphasize collaboration in our comeback, like the addition of Beyond Volley. We’re also refocused on advocacy, including our role in local COVID-19 recovery efforts, plus participation in regional groups, like PLAY Sports Coalition that want to restore more meaningful, inclusive sports programs in inner cities like Lawrence. With 15 other city sports groups, including partner, Everyone’s A Player, we’ve also formalized Lawrence Sports Leadership Collaborative. Creating more cohesion, trust and collective problem solving amongst city sports group is key to ensuring that every child, regardless of resources, reaps the benefits of play in 2021, and “beyond!”
Raiza lost her battle to cancer this year. She was the inspiration behind Merrimackvolley and Beyond Volley. A scholarship has been established in her name and any donation to this campaign will support program costs to help the volleyball flourish during these tough times. If you want to continue to give in Raiza’s name, please donate here. We still have $10,000 to raise to meet our goal!
Consider a #PlayItForward Donation for our Coach Mentors TODAY
Because of our Coach Mentors’ commitment to our players, we’re committed to them financially during the spring and summer pandemic. This means that any donation made to Beyond Soccer during this tough #timeout will be earmarked to coaching stipends. Thank you for considering us.
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Beyond Soccer, Inc. 280 Merrimack Street Suite 323 Lawrence, MA 01843
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