By Maura Boyce
Boston Moves for Health has surpassed one million miles moved, thanks in no small part to the youth organizations that partnered with Boston After School & Beyond this summer to track their activity. These organizations ran 71 programs that incorporated physical activity into their summer fun this year, and kept track of it for the Mayor’s Challenge. Together, the Boston youth racked up nearly 590,000 miles!!!
Youth were involved in diverse activities from strength and conditioning training, to tennis, soccer and double dutch, to group games like capture the flag and sponge relay races. These programs motivated kids to keep moving and improving their health throughout the year.
So how did they do it? The Catholic Charities Youth Tutoring Youth Program served almost 300 youth through a 6-week summer session themed SHABAM! (Strong, Healthy, Able Bodies and Minds). Students embraced the themes of reading, learning, staying active, and having fun.
In Dorchester, the Franklin Park Coalition engaged 1,175 youth with interactive performances, dance, basketball, and other sports like flag football, kickball, and soccer. And Healthworks Community Fitness kept 455 youth moving this summer in yoga and various fitness games.
Camp Shriver incorporated movement in water with swimming lessons and free swim time, as well as traditional sports and other physical activities. Youth who participated in Summer Scores 2012 clocked more than 970 miles alone while playing soccer, kickball, basketball, and other sports.
We are not at ten million miles moved yet, but these local youth can inspire all of us to sneak a little extra activity into our lives by getting outside and playing!
Special thanks to all participating programs: Boston Scholar Athletes
Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, Inc.
Here-in Our Motives Evolve, Inc, d/b/a HOME, Inc.
Catholic Charities Laboure Center
All Dorchester Sports League
The Garrett Pressley Autism Resource Center
Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center
City Mission Society
Franklin Park Coalition
Artists for Humanity
Ohrenberger Community Center (OCC)
Health Yoga Life
MGH Center for Community Health Improvement Youth Programs
Salvation Army Children’s Learning Centers
UMASS Camp Shriver
Healthworks Community Fitness Dorchester
Inner City Weightlifting
Jackson Mann Summer Program
Summer Score 2012
Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League
St.Mark Catholic Church, Dorchester
Upward Bound, Boston University
Maura is the data strategy manager for Boston After School & Beyond. Her favorite ways to get moving are swimming, yoga, and walking to places whenever she can!