Executive Director Notes


Happy Hopeful Holidays

Monday, December 21, 2020

AccesSport is a community of hope and optimism. We’ve said this at basically every event and I’ve put something about hope in almost every blog or letter I’ve written. We truly know that this program works. People find more function and a place in this larger family - and have fun. Our history gives us confidence in the techniques and equipment we develop. This was never truer than in last March.  Read More

How It All Started

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

We’re coming into our 25th year in 2020. This is remarkable considering how this was built from nothing. I remember the first meeting of volunteers back in 1995. I had been adapting and teaching windsurfing to people with disabilities for about 10 years already. We just had really good media exposure with a Globe cover story about Josh and my windsurfing marathons and Dr. Tim Johnson’s great piece about our family on Good Morning America. All of the sudden, people were interested in helping us out and wanting to volunteer.   Read More

AccesSport Wake Up Call on WCVB

Monday, May 14, 2018
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ASA Launches Summer Sports Program at Watch City

Monday, May 14, 2018
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Spring/Summer 2017

Friday, May 05, 2017

The In School Program, The New England Patriots, and Harvard University.  Each year we celebrate our athletes with whom we train throughout the school year. These students are primarily from Boston Public Schools and the Cotting School of Lexington, Massachusetts. The skills of these athletes are varied. Everyone is compelling, given the gifts, challenges, abilities, and disabilities within each. We train in the spaces that are available. Sometimes we are in gyms and other times cafeterias, auditoriums, and even hallways. We use game systems and drills that push these high school aged students to be and see themselves as true athletes. Our athletes are rarely in any spotlight or recognized formally. This is why, each year, we celebrate them with a football clinic at Harvard University with volunteers from the football team and players from the New England Patriots.  Read More

Fall 2016

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

We run three major events each year. The Mayor’s Cup Regatta, The Auction for Access Gala, and our Run/Roll for Access. The Regatta and the Gala are truly big events with hundreds of attendees. The Run for Access is smaller with a 20-30 participants but the impact is equal to one in which hundreds of people run or push.   Read More

Winter/Spring 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

We used to have an “Off Season” much like in professional sport. Back in the mid-1990’s our summers would be incredibly busy with 10-12 instructors/trainers. Once September came up, we’d let our bodies, minds, and our adaptations/equipment recover. We’d spend the winter planning for the next summer and dream of ways to include more people with even higher challenges in our sports. Now the summers are even busier with over 20 trainers in the height of our summer season and hundreds of athletes coming to us each day. The fall and winter are about as busy as our summers, and the training has become incredibly intense.  Read More

Fall 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

Growing up or even after, were you ever part of picking teams for some athletic contest? Back in the “day” we used to pick teams and some poor kid was last every time. Now it’s a bit more sophisticated like shooting foul shots to see who gets to play but we still know that someone is left out. And then when playing, some people dominate the game more than others. Even if you weren’t the last to be picked or get in a game, you probably noticed or felt for those who were marginalized, didn’t you? I’m sure these experiences soured many of us in regards to team or even individualized sports. Many of us saw how power in sports corrupted some and excluded others.  Read More

Spring/Summer 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

About four years ago we helped start an adaptive padding program in Maui with the Kihei Outrigger Canoe Club. One of our trainers, Connor Shea spent a year working with the club alongside volunteers and a charismatic leader, Kimokeo Kapahulehua. Hanna Lilley and I have given yearly training sessions to the club as the program has grown.  Read More

Winter 2014

Monday, December 01, 2014

Diana Cutaia, the revolutionary former athletic director of Wheelock College and director of Coaching Peace, spoke at our annual Extending our Reach Forum. She was joined by Josh Kraft, the Nichols President and CEO of the Boston Boys and Girls Club.  Read More