Opening Week 2018

One week. 24 Zones. Thousands of Zone members.

After two weeks of staff summer training camp and countless hours of Zone prep, our Zones were ready, but we were missing the most important part of our program: Zone members.

To fix that, for the first year ever, Scholar Athletes hosted Opening Week 2018, a five-day series of events and activities to kick off the year and bring new and returning participants back to the Zone. From September 25th to September 28th, Zones hosted intramural sports draft parties, raffles, and competitions between varsity sports teams to see who could bring in the most new Zone members before the week ended.

The results? 1,800 signed Zone membership forms. And, they were all collected before Zones had even been up and running for a full month.

Check out what Opening Week looked like across our Zones in Boston, Everett, and Springfield:

Police Commissioner Gross and City Council President Campbell visit the Madison Park and O’Bryant Zones

As part of our Opening Week celebrations, Boston Police Commissioner William Gross and City Council President Andrea Campbell, both Boston Public Schools alumnae, visited the Madison Park and O’Bryant Zones on Tuesday, September 25th.

President Campbell joined a game night open house at the Madison Park Zone, where new and returning Zone members connected with Scholar Athletes program staff and learned about resources and upcoming activities in the Zone. The neighborhood liaison from her office, Carl Jean-Lewis, even threw down in the corn-hole competition with Zone members.

President Campbell was then joined by Police Commissioner Gross at the O’Bryant Zone, where they spoke with Zone members and encouraged them to spend time in the Zone, take advantage of the resources offered, and bring new friends into the Scholar Athletes family. President Campbell urged Zone members to seek out new opportunities, set ambitious goals, and stay engaged in their communities.

Commissioner Gross, a multi-sport high school athlete and graduate of Boston Tech (the former name of the O’Bryant), didn’t hold back when describing how much pride he had for the O’Bryant. As a former football standout, he set high expectations for the football team members in the room, reminding them that “one of the experiences in life that you must treasure is when people are reaching out to make sure that you are uplifted and will reach your best potential.”