The Boston Globe had two interesting stories this week on Boston high school sports. The first centered around Boston's Scholar Athlete program, which has been "providing money and manpower to the city’s overburdened athletic department. The mission is to address deficiencies in equipment, facilities, coaching, participation, and academic eligibility" with the primary goal of helping high school athletes perform better in the classroom.
The article continues:
The Boston Scholar Athlete blueprint calls for upgrading one boys’ and one girls’ sport each season, beginning this year with soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball. The first step has been providing players new uniforms for home and away games, as well as practices, a marked improvement over the mismatched look previously familiar to many Boston teams. The program also bought eight regulation soccer goals for practice fields that previously had none.
As an unanticipated bonus, the initiative has inspired action by numerous nonprofits, most notably the Play Ball! Foundation, which last fall launched the city’s first middle-school football league with a three-year, $100,000 contribution.
The second story was about Friday’s National Hockey League Winter Classic game between the Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers taking place in Fenway Park. When the Red Sox opened up the rink to area high schools, coaches and players jumped at the opportunity to have a part in the historic event ... until they found out that an hour or two on the ice would cost the schools between $10,000 and $30,000. Said one coach, "here was an opportunity to promote the game at its elementary roots - as an outdoor pond game - and they completely botched it for the sake of money.’’