Our New Boston Project: Helping Mattapan’s Youth
August 7, 2009, 2:56 am
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Mattapan, a rapidly-growing area filled with 15,000 kids, has become Boston’s “forgotten” neighborhood.  At The Level Field Foundation, we haven’t forgotten.

Our next round of fundraising will support the completion of Walker Field at Norfolk Park.  The NFL has already made a contribution to this field, which will host the Mattapan Patriots’ football games, along with soccer and lacrosse matches — but more funds are needed.  Money is needed to fund the initial landscaping and irrigation of the field, along with the installation of goalposts and bleachers.  We hope to fill this gap, thanks to your generosity.

Youth violence has long been a major problem in Mattapan, but the Mildred Avenue Community Center has emerged as a safe-haven amongst a bleak climate, where gangs have been replaced by games.  We want to help fund this field, which is near the community center, to extend that positive change and provide further positive opportunities for some needy kids.

Mayor Menino recently announced a huge charitable initiative to aid athletics at Boston’s schools, a move we applaud.  However, Mattapan doesn’t have any high schools — all resident high school students are transported elsewhere — so this project gives us a unique opportunity to help the most underserved athletes.

In addition to no high schools, Mattapan lacks a single major business, but it houses countless churches.  In short, it’s an area of faith.  At the foundation, we have faith that this new field will provide much-needed fun and safety for Mattapan’s youth, and continue the positive trajectory of community development.  We hope that you’ll donate today and bring the joy of sports to Mattapan — giving its kids something that they’ll never forget.

Please consider donating today — every cent that you contribute will go towards making this field a reality.


Boston’s Teens Need Our Help

Pavement Pitching

As the MLB All-Star Game salutes 30 of America’s “All-Stars Among Us,” great charitable heroes from across the country, it is important to remember that there is still much work to be done, especially in Boston. 

The Boston Globe recently published a week-long series of insightful and troubling reports about how the city is “Failing Our Athletes.”  These stories illustrate the dearth of facilities and opportunities for Beantown’s teens — and the troubling trickle-down to other areas of their lives. 

Some say that the city needs to provide more budget;  others claim that the burden falls on local non-profits.  While we hope that the city will step-up, we hope to fill some of that void as well.

And, rest assured, all is not lost.  There are the aforementioned everyday heroes.  There is Red Sox All-Star hurler Tim Wakefield — he of the slow toss and the fast helping hand.  We at The Level Field Foundation will be joining the fray as well — we’re planning some great upcoming events, and we’ll be announcing our new Boston project very soon.

We won’t solve Boston’s athletic and economic deficiencies in a day.  But, like Rome, great things aren’t built in a day — and we’ll be working for much longer than that.  So, when in Rome, please consider donating to The Level Field Foundation, and rest assured that all funds received will directly support Boston’s underserved youth.  We welcome your ideas and suggestions as well.  Enjoy the summer, and be sure to savor the joy of sports…