WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Chris Cavallerano, Wellesley resident and Roberts' philanthropy advisor, is equally passionate about the Sports Club. "For adolescents, the time immediately after-school is vital for being active and socializ- ing. Community Investors strives to create programs for kids that give them additional supportive experiences." Based on the success of the pilot, the Wellesley School Department and Community Investors are continuing to discuss additional opportunities to partner. Another need that Community Investors is trying to address is the loss of recess in middle school. Elementary students typically have both morning and afternoon recess, where kids can get outside, run around and have fun. But in Wellesley, as in most school districts, that goes away in middle school. "Kids get out of school at 2:30 p.m. and the Sports Club gives them a positive outlet to disconnect from technology, have fun, blow off steam, socialize in person and get some fresh air," says Cavallerano. "If kids have nothing to do, they sometimes get mixed up in things that are not so healthy." Wellesley Police Chief, Terry Cunningham, is an advocate for programs like this. "The Sports Club appeals to a broad spectrum of youth in our community," he says. "Really good things happen when you give kids a chance to expend some energy in a pro- ductive manner, especially for the disenfranchised kids on the fringe." The Sports Club also gives Wellesley High School students an opportunity to participate through its Coaching & Leadership Development Program. "Those teen years can be tough," says Roberts. "Our program gives them valuable experience as mentors and helps them develop leadership skills. It also empowers kids by giving them fitness & health "a chance to expend some energy in a productive manner" 150 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 "I am so grateful for the opportunity you've given to my child! He is new to the school and this gives him a chance to PLAY and meet new kids. I love the fact that the Sports Club is a chance for ALL kids to play sports, not just the 'best' athletes." P H O T O S B Y D A R R E N B O V I E

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