Budgets And Box Scores: Funding Sports In Boston Public Schools

In professional sports, Boston is TitleTown, U.S.A. Since 2001, the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins have won a combined seven league championships.

If only the same could be said of sports in Boston Public Schools. Just four years ago, Boston’s student-athletes performed in shabby — and even dangerous — conditions. Today, the city’s school sports program has undergone unprecedented changes.

In a weeklong series (May 13-17, 2013), Karen Given and Doug Tribou of WBUR’s Only A Game examine the current state of sports in Boston’s public schools and the public-private partnerships working to improve students’ performance on and off the field.

Boston School Sports ‘Turning The Tide,’ Superintendent Says

BOSTON — We close our special series on Boston school sports with undiscussed questions and a look at the way forward.

Grades-To-Play Motivation Propels Some Boston Student-Athletes

BOSTON — In sports there are scores and records. In school there are tests and grades. And for Boston students participating in the school district’s privately funded sports programs, all of those are important.

Your Stories: How Has Participating In School Sports Affected Your Life?

Stories from our audience about how participating in school sports has changed their lives.

Charities Try To Keep Boston Student-Athletes In The Academic ‘Zone’ Too

BOSTON — Play Ball! and Boston Scholar Athletes fund school athletic programs and work to make sure students are meeting GPA requirements to participate. But some say the city’s requirements should be more challenging.

The 2 Private Organizations That Have Changed Boston's Public School Sports

The Play Ball! Foundation and the Boston Scholar Athlete Program have brought funding to the city’s athletics programs, but they didn’t just cut checks and walk away.

Voices Of Boston Schools’ Sports Transformation

Students, administrators and stakeholders share thoughts on sports in Boston Public Schools.

How Boston Public School Sports Have Improved In 4 Years

After a scathing report on the state of sports in Boston Public Schools, two community leaders stepped up to pitch in. In Part 1 of a weeklong series, we track the school system’s progress and ask: Is the outside help enough?

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  • Ada1994

    Please cover what Community Rowing (in Brighton) does with Boston High & Middle School students. Rowing, tutoring, teamwork, help getting into college, etc. Free to students. Originally G-Row for girls, now Boston Rows, includes boys too. And, not a sport that has any risk of head injuries. commmunityrowing.org

  • Jim Baldwin

    Really appreciate your coverage of these great programs. At the same time, it was regrettable that Tenacity wasn’t included in your impressive story. Using literacy, life-skills and tennis/fitness as a healthy attraction, Tenacity partners with BPS to bring both academic and physical exercise to thousands of underserved students annually. Right now there are 1000 kids in their Pathway programs 95% of whom will graduate from high school with 80% going on to college. In the summer Tenacity works with over 5000 kids on literacy and, of course, tennis & fitness on 25 neighborhood based playgrounds across the city preventing summer reading loss amongst other benefits.

    They’re doing great things with BPS, too. Is there a way to provide some coverage of this major public private partnership?

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