Professional Sports Team Collaborations
AccesSportAmerica has worked with the Boston Public Schools for more than 15 years, providing them with an extensive soccer and conditioning program. This unique program often provides athletes in the BPS high school system to work with us until they reach age 22. The In-School Soccer & Conditioning Program has expanded over the years, and we are pleased to announce that we have enhanced our program to include collaborations with several of our Boston professional sports teams. To better reflect the scope of the program, in 2019 we changed the program name to AccesSportAmerica's In-School Sports Program.
2019 Professional Sports Collaborations
Since the In-School program began, soccer has been the sport of choice in our In-School program. We are fortunate to have several of Boston's professional teams working with us, sharing their expertise to inspire our athletes to train at higher levels. Now, with their help of several of our Championship professional teams we are applying are additional game systems and adaptions to add more sports to our year around efforts in the schools. In the Spring of 2019, in partnership with Boston Celtic Terry Rozier and his 12 Blessings Foundation, we launched the adaptive basketball portion of our in-school curriculum. The 2019-2020 school year will be expanded to include football and hockey components.
Adaptive Basketball and Terry Rozier (12 Blessings Foundation)
Boston Celtic, Terry Rozier, has helped us create a basketball curriculum for use with our In School program. His charity, 12 Blessings, and AccesSport have worked on program that challenges youth living with disabilities to higher conditioning using basketball as the incentive. Terry and his trainer, Ant Wells, consult regularly on drills and games which make each participant a highly valued part of their team. Terry also visits the program with special clinics at various Boston Public Schools. As in all AccesSport program props and adaptations provide dramatic sensory incentive to succeed in basketball.
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots have a special relationship with AccesSportAmerica. Not only is coach Bill Belichick an Honorary Board member, but the Patriots work with AccesSport on conditioning curriculum and our annual football clinic. The curriculum is for use in our In School program using football as incentive for conditioning our athletes. The clinic is held each May at Harvard Stadium where members of the Patriots help run drills and celebrate the over 200 athletes with whom we train each year in Boston Public Schools and our In School program.
The Boston Bruins have long supported our In School program. this year we have consulted with the Bruins on a hockey segment for use in our In School program. This fall, we will implement this curriculum into Boston Public Schools and the athletes with whom we train. The focus will be on incentives provided by street hockey.
Our current partner schools are:
- Boston Green Academy, Brighton
- Brighton High School
- Community Academy of Science and Health (CASH), Dorchester
- English High School, Jamaica Plain
- Urban Science Academy & West Roxbury Academy, West Roxbury
- We are delighted to welcome Fenway High School for the 2019-2020 school year.
| Soccer and conditioning session at English High in Jamaica Plain