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 [...]

23 07, 2021

Community Leader: Allison Baker Wears Many Hats to Help Southie Kids

2021-07-23T09:08:02-04:00July 23rd, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Community Leader: Allison Baker Wears Many Hats to Help Southie Kids

By Ginger DeShaney “Be the person you needed when you were younger.”  That’s Allison Baker’s favorite saying. “I try to live that quote,” she said. And she is succeeding … big time. Allison is a lifelong Southie fixture who works tirelessly for the neighborhood’s children through the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club, local community centers, the CYO basketball program, and her nonprofit organization Kickoff for Kids. When she was younger, Allison had the people she needed: Katie O’Connell, Barbara Kelly, Joe Kelly, Kathy Davis, Kevin Lally, John Lydon, Sean Monahan, Ronald “Cheech” Maciejewski, and so many others. “All these people still do youth work,” Allison said. “Those people have been role models to me.” Allison spent much of her youth at all [...]

3 06, 2021

Alpha Atleta Brings Field Hockey to South Boston

2021-07-16T15:56:08-04:00June 3rd, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, Sports|Comments Off on Alpha Atleta Brings Field Hockey to South Boston

By Ginger DeShaney Armed with sticks, boundless energy, and positive attitudes, the girls at Alpha Atleta’s South Boston field hockey clinic are eager to learn. “There’s zero field hockey in South Boston,” said Megan Shea. “Let’s bring it to Southie.”  Megan and her wife, Nicole Poli, started Alpha Atleta “for camps, clinics, and to grow the game,” said Megan. “We just wanted to bring field hockey to South Boston and get the girls going,” added Megan, the head field hockey coach for Division 1 Merrimack College. “And honestly, they’ve gotten so much better.” According to the duo, “We are committed to delivering an outstanding player experience for athletes and families who are looking to start field hockey for the first time or to continue their [...]

8 05, 2019

Charity Hockey Game to Support Veterans and their Families

2019-05-08T08:07:47-04:00May 8th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Sports|Comments Off on Charity Hockey Game to Support Veterans and their Families

Recently, Representative David Biele skated in the 4th Annual Heroes vs. Legislators charity hockey game to benefit the Skate for the 22 Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support services to over 375 veterans and their families across Massachusetts. Founded in 2015 by a group of veterans, the Foundation gets its name from a staggering mental health statistic—military and veteran agencies estimate that an estimated twenty-two veterans take their lives each day.   In response to those numbers, the Foundation was created with three core goals: create a supportive, team environment for veterans through camaraderie and the sport of hockey at no cost; raise public awareness and provide prevention services to help veterans who may be struggling; and provide financial assistance to families of veterans [...]

5 03, 2019

Gate of Heaven CYO “All-Star” Game 

2019-03-05T09:15:54-05:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Sports|Comments Off on Gate of Heaven CYO “All-Star” Game 

In the most exciting game of the season, the winning team coached by Allison Baker and  Jacqueline Beggan, grabbed the victory by one point!    The blue team was coached  by Christina McDonagh Running the scoring table was first place coach, Emily Harris and longtime volunteer, Mary Kate Hart.  Marie Laundry, director of the girl’s program and referee, was excited to see the improvement shown after (15) weeks of Gatey’s house league program.  Special thanks to Kevin Lally, Sean Monahan, John McGahan, Cheech, and the teenagers who work at the Walsh Center who keep the building in such good shape. Story by Marie Laundry Photos by Sean Monahan   Talia Scott, Isabel Sheehan, Iris Gjoka, Gia LaMonica, Melena McGahan, Patricia Casper and Brigid Fitzgerald.   [...]

4 03, 2019

 Basketball Free-Throw and Swimming Competitions Rescheduled Due to Weather  

2019-03-04T09:50:50-05:00March 4th, 2019|Categories: Sports|Comments Off on  Basketball Free-Throw and Swimming Competitions Rescheduled Due to Weather  

South Boston Citizens’ Association Annual basketball free-throw competition will take place Monday, March 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the Tynan Community School gym. Please register with Kathy Davis and her staff Tuesday, March 12th at 6:00 p.m. We move down to the boys and Girls Club Swimming Pool for the Annual Swim Meets. Register with the club staff.  

21 02, 2019

The Celtics – A Moonstruck Dynasty?

2019-02-21T14:36:07-05:00February 21st, 2019|Categories: Featured, Sports|Comments Off on The Celtics – A Moonstruck Dynasty?

by Rick Winterson      Late Sunday evening, January 20, the moon underwent a total lunar eclipse.  Because the moon was at its closest point to the Earth when the eclipse went total, because it occurred in January when wolves bay in hunger, and because the eclipsed moon became a deep orange-red, this eclipse was called a “Super Wolf Blood Moon”. Now,  we are not superstitious – certainly not!  But on Sunday, January 20, (the day of the eclipse) the Patriots won the AFC title, and then two weeks later, went on to win the NFL Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3.  Did the mojo, the karma, or the blushing vibes from that eclipse influence this outcome?  It was an outcome that firmly established the [...]

19 02, 2019

Maren’s Marathon, 2019

2019-02-19T08:12:51-05:00February 19th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Sports|Comments Off on Maren’s Marathon, 2019

by Rick Winterson   Would you believe that a South Boston entry into the 2019 Marathon (Patriots Day, April 15), who is already running 12-minute miles over long distances really did not much care for running prior to last year?  Well, that’s the case with Maren Tober, a resident of the West Broadway Development.  Yes, Maren is running for her own satisfaction.  And also yes, Maren is running to raise funds for “YES”.  The acronym YES stands for “Youth Enrichment Services”, where her three sons – Youth Enrichment Services (or YES) is located on Massachusetts Avenue in the South End/Back Bay.  In YES’s most recent annual report, they refer to a membership of more than 1,600 young people, who were helped to experience the out-of-doors, [...]

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