23 06, 2022

Kicking into High Gear: Former South Boston Youth Soccer Players Revive League

2022-06-23T16:52:25-04:00June 23rd, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News, Sports|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney After learning that president Billy Baker was stepping down from South Boston Youth Soccer after the COVID-19 hiatus, some former players have vowed to revive the league.  When Caitlyn Murphy got the blessing from Baker to take the ball and run with it, she recruited Samantha Mackie, Michaela Colvin, and Katelyn Evans. The foursome has been busy raising money, planning, organizing, and getting paperwork and permits in order in hopes of starting the league this fall. While Baker gave the women his nets, balls, and other equipment, he didn’t feel comfortable giving them the league name, so they are calling it the South Boston Soccer League. “South Boston Youth Soccer has been a thing as long as I’ve been alive,” Caitlyn said. [...]

17 06, 2022

Running a Business: MyStryde Puts a New Spin on Treadmill Workouts

2022-06-17T10:39:10-04:00June 17th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney A miserable workout led Rebecca Skudder to find her stride … and found MyStryde.  While training for a half-marathon back in 2014, Rebecca was supposed to do a running workout on the treadmill because it was cold out. “And I was like, this is miserable,” she recalled. So she took a spin class to change things up and get in her workout. “While I was in that cycling class, I was like, why don’t they just do this for running and make running on the treadmill so much more fun?” Assuming spin-like classes existed for running, she went home and started looking for studios. There were none. She decided she needed to change that. Unique studio In 2016, the self-trained entrepreneur opened [...]

9 06, 2022

Taking the Field for a Good Cause: Kickoff for Kids Tournament Benefits Local Youth

2022-06-09T16:08:40-04:00June 9th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Taking the Field for a Good Cause: Kickoff for Kids Tournament Benefits Local Youth

By Ginger DeShaney What started as a pickup flag football game between kids and their moms has grown into a major fundraiser that benefits South Boston children.  “My main focus is truly the kids who are in need,” said Allison Baker, founder of Kickoff for Kids. “That’s why it was created.” This year’s Kickoff for Kids women’s flag football tournament will be held Saturday, June 25, at the Pop Warner Field next to the Murphy Rink. There are 10 teams in the 30+ division (also known as the Moms’ division) and eight teams in the younger division. “The moms love it,” Allison said, noting some teams are stacked with 20 players. “They like to be part of something, enjoy the day, and be with their [...]

27 05, 2022

Bo Cleary: We Rise By Lifting Others

2022-05-27T10:01:56-04:00May 27th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Bo Cleary: We Rise By Lifting Others

By Ginger DeShaney Bo Cleary is just an old-school Southie soul.  His Southie upbringing – he grew up in Old Harbor, then in City Point – and so many good people here helped him along the way. He now settles in doing some fit coaching and once-in-a-blue-moon acting, stunts, and voiceovers as a Screen Actors Guild member. “It was an amazing place for me to grow up. I had some amazing people,” Bo said, noting it would take too long to name them all. “I like to call them good old-school souls that I benefited from being around, and I still cherish their relationships. “Some of the best people I've known come from South Boston,” said Bo, who divides his time between Cape Ann and [...]

22 04, 2022

Sharing Her Gifts: Irinna Rosa Uses Her Experiences to Mentor Youth

2022-04-22T18:33:58-04:00April 22nd, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Sharing Her Gifts: Irinna Rosa Uses Her Experiences to Mentor Youth

By Ginger DeShaney Through her participation in sports and her work with Boston Police Department District C-6, Irinna Rosa has grown into a confident young woman. As a tennis player and judo brown belt, Irinna has learned “confidence, leadership, don't be afraid to do things, and even though you are down, you always find a way to get out of your situation,” she said. “I have also learned that even though you're really stressing out, you should always give it your all and try your best at all times.” In turn, she mentors young people to try to instill those same traits and help them grow. “It just gives me joy helping people,” said the daughter of Isa and Francisco Rosa of South Boston. “Since [...]

14 03, 2022

Remembering Billie Jo Rogers/Ryan

2022-03-14T18:30:00-04:00March 14th, 2022|Categories: Featured, Sports|Comments Off on Remembering Billie Jo Rogers/Ryan

Back in the early 1980’s a group of young boys and girls became fixtures/participants at the Tynan Community Center.  Under the watchful eyes of Dan Monahan and Kathy Davis this group of teens participated in many programs and activities throughout the years. The girls became passionate for the game of basketball and soon displayed exceptional talent. Within 2 years, their hard work and dedication began to pay off under the leadership of a girl named Billie Jo Rogers/Ryan. Her talent as a point guard and ability to drive to the hoop was exciting to watch. Billie Jo and her teammates accomplished many victories and championships. The most memorable was in 1985 and 1986 when they became City Champs in the Girl’s 15 & Under Boston [...]

22 01, 2022

Open Skate at Murphy Rink

2022-01-22T11:18:17-05:00January 22nd, 2022|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Open Skate at Murphy Rink

The Murphy Rink in South Boston is open for public skating until March 20 as part of the DCR’s program.  South Boston Online stopped by on a recent Sunday morning to check it out.  A group from East Boston was having a blast on the small rink while South Boston Youth Hockey games were being played on the large rink. The Eastie parents had been looking for a rink that was open in the morning – before naptime – and saw Murphy Rink offered that. The parents appreciated that a smaller rink was available for their young children, ages 2 and 3. The rink offers skate rentals, and for new skaters, crates and other aids are available. If you’re looking for a great activity this [...]

2 09, 2021

Splashing & Dashing on Kids Day

2021-09-02T16:45:45-04:00September 2nd, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Splashing & Dashing on Kids Day

Photos by Ginger DeShaney Kids ages 7 to 15 got a taste of what it’s like to do a triathlon.  Kids Day at the Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon at DCR’s Mother’s Rest Saturday, Aug. 28, featured the USA Triathlon-sanctioned Splash & Dash event, which is designed to introduce young athletes to the sport of triathlon.  The youngsters participated in a swim and run based on their age group. The weather was cloudy and cool, but that didn’t deter the kids as they tackled a 100-yard swim (age groups 7-8 and 9-10) or a 200-yard swim along Carson Beach in shallow water. Once out of the water, the kids raced to put on their shoes to run a 1K on the Harborwalk and the DCR [...]

20 08, 2021

Tenacity: Tennis, Reading, and Summer Fun

2021-08-20T09:06:56-04:00August 20th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Tenacity: Tennis, Reading, and Summer Fun

By Ginger DeShaney The youngsters at Moakley Park’s tennis courts had a blast sharpening their skills, getting in some reading, and playing group games Friday as Tenacity ended its 2021 summer run. Thousands of kids across 18 Boston locations took part in the six-week tennis and reading program. Families could sign up their kids for just one week, all six weeks, or any number of weeks in between. It’s completely free. The morning sessions were for kids ages 6 to 10; the afternoon sessions for kids 11 to 15. South Boston Online stopped by the morning session Friday to take photos. During the summer, the kids’ daily schedule would start with exercises, stretching, and group activities. Then they would go to stations for tennis, reading, [...]

14 08, 2021

Saying YES to Running: Program Introduces Kids to Track and Field

2021-08-14T10:06:45-04:00August 14th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Saying YES to Running: Program Introduces Kids to Track and Field

By Ginger DeShaney With bibs proudly pinned to their shirts, the excited young runners lined up on the Saunders Stadium track. At Coach Thomas White’s direction, the runners blazed down the track, wearing their game faces, which ranged from wide smiles to determined seriousness.  Once that group reached the finish line, Thomas prepared the next group of runners for their race. About 60 kids ages 6-13 gathered at the Moakley Park stadium Monday for their weekly session of the Youth Enrichment Services (YES) summer track and field program. While the younger kids took part in the developmental meet, the older kids did drills. The previous week, it was reversed, with the older kids having a meet and the younger kids doing drills.   Those drills included [...]

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