We connected 229 Lawrence kids to 26 different summertime camps, events and outings.
Our 5th Annual Soccer & Wellness Camp
brought together youth from 10 different Lawrence public schools. In addition to soccer play, our young campers participated in two-weeks of wellness games like Drip Drip Drop and Bat Away the Fat, designed by Health & Wellness Director, Lindsey McArdle. We dedicate incredible resources to this two-week camp experience to ensure safety, affordability, quality and fun. “Every year this camp gets better. My daughter has developed such a strong love for sport and fitness. The coaches really care about the kids and the best part is, I can afford to send all my kids.” – Camper parent
We provided more than $10,000 in scholar-ship assistance so that 65 kids could attend camps outside of Lawrence. Some examples include the Nike Vogelsinger Camp at Brooks School for 4 Lawrence middle school travel players, the Fancis Okaroh’s Overnight Academy in New Hampton, NH for 3 Lawrence Public School students. Long-time travel players, Melissa and Joseiry, each received scholarships to the prestigious Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy in New Jersey (read more in Eagle Tribune Article). For the 4th consecutive summer, Boston Soccer Academy hosted a camp for 40 girls and boys. The Boston Breakers Women’s Professional Soccer team also provided reduced cost camps slots for a handful of young girls, as well as game tickets. The Boston College Lady Eagles and Harvard University Women’s Soccer programs, for the fourth year running, provided scholarships for 12 girls to attend camps in Boston…and that is just a sampling of our awesome partnerships!
We hosted our first-ever high school soccer training camp. More than 50 Lawrence kids participated in a full week of camp. Coach Edgar Escalante, an LHS graduate, did a great job heading up the program and recruiting students. MacFitness also weaved speed and agility training into the camp. Although sending kids to programs outside the City is important, this opportunity is part of our effort to grow top quality camps within the City limits that Lawrence families can afford.
Improving Access to Regular Fitness Opportunities & Growing Presence in Low-Income City Neighborhoods was Top Beyond Soccer Summertime Priority
90 degree temperatures did not keep our dedicated group of high school students from tying up their laces, running through ladders, jumping hurdles, speed rings and throwing medicine balls.
This summer marked our most consistent, well-attended speed and agilityprogram. Our dedicated group of 20+ Lawrence high school students met at Veterans Memorial Stadium, twice weekly, for the past 7 weeks. This determined cohort improved
their fitness and strength levels through drills focused on footwork, coordination, agility and speed.
Look out opposing towns, our Lawrence kids will be ready to compete this fall! In addition to the obvious improvements to participants’ footwork and agility, we observed remarkable gains related to their speed and endurance. 100% scored higher in their summer-ending fitness test, which was justifiably rewarded with a FINAL “fun in the sun” beach workout at Hampton Beach and a post-workout smoothie bar experience! #healthykids #LawrenceMA
Attorney General Summer Jobs Program helped provide jobs for more than 24 local high school & college students.
“Can you help us find a job?” This, hands down, is the most frequent request we get from our oldest Beyond Soccer participants. Funding from the Attorney General Summer Jobs Program and the Essex County Community Summer Fund has made a huge impact on our ability to hire more youth. Not only does it help high school and college students save for books, uniforms and athletic fees, but it gives them a platform to serve as leaders in their community; teaching, guiding and mentoring our youngest, Beyond Soccer kids (our “leadership development” model). Some of the students hired have been part of our programs for 9 years, including 2 of the girls pictured here!
Yes Its Possible – Si Se Puede. A top summertime priority was to reach kids living in the City’s lowest income neighborhoods, neighborhoods where Beyond Soccer focuses its school-year efforts. This summer we partnered with a terrific group, Si Se Puede; an enrichment program for kids in the Merrimack Courts Housing Project in the lower Tower Hill area. Our staff, including a handful of students hired through the above summer jobs programs, brought soccer activities to these kids every Monday afternoon. Some participants even received scholarships, and transportation, to attend our two-week Soccer & Wellness Camp. Many will be joining our recreational and travel teams this fall. This is all part of our mission to provide year-round, long-term opportunities for kids that will make a real difference in their lives, and partner with organizations, like Si Se Puede, with similar missions so we can have a larger, community impact!
THANK YOU to the following partners for making this type of summer engagement possible!
Beyond Soccer received more than 500 pieces of donated equipment from a handful of generous donors this summer! Beyond Soccer would have a great deal of trouble outfitting our kids with soccer gear if it wasn’t for the ongoing generosity of our neighbors. This was another great summer to collect gently used gear, i.e., cleats, shin guards, goalie gloves, apparel, and balls, to divvy out to our players. We would like to send out a special thanks to those who thought of Beyond Soccer this summer. This includes; Dick Loschi, Mark Wickersham (Andover Soccer), Alice Hamed (Windham, NH Soccer), Jack Garrett (Marblehead Soccer) and John Grayson (John Grayson Goalie Clinics).
Can we use baseball cleats for soccer? Not really, baseball cleats are very different than soccer cleats. Kind people often donate used baseball cleats, thinking they can be worn on the soccer field. This year we were able to give away over 100 pair of excellent baseball cleats to a few Lawrence families who have connections to their roots in the Dominican Republic.
Those cleats found their way to many little feet in DR! We are happy to be part of that connection.
We are currently raising funds to support 15 Lawrence kids in the more competitive club
soccer circuit. The average annual club team costs $2,500.
Please help these players showcase their talents at the next level.
#PlayItForward for sports in 2021 this giving season!