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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"camaraderie, collaboration, perseverance, and participation" fitness & health enhances the fun factor. And to avoid the dreaded feeling of being picked last, teams are pre-assigned and balanced. Just like the kids would do themselves. Last year, more than 70 students participated in the Sports Club's coed flag football league, and another 30 in coed soccer. While only 10 percent of participants were girls, Roberts and Cavallerano are hoping to change that. Community Investors works with Wellesley Public Schools' faculty, administration, and parents, along with local businesses. Wellesley Public Schools' Superintendent David Lussier sees the potential of the program: "We are always looking for new ways to expand opportuni- ties for our students with as many experiences as possible, and we think that by partnering with Community Investors we may be able to offer an additional after-school athletic outlet for our students." Adds Wellesley Middle School Principal, Mark Ito, "While we offer multiple opportunities for student athletic activity after school, we are happy to explore expanding those offerings as a collaborative community part- ner. Social play can reinforce the values of camaraderie, collaboration, perseverance, and participation." Another mission of Community Investors is to lead and support initiatives to expand and improve recreational resources. "Wellesley has a critical shortage in both playing fields and indoor recreational facilities," says Roberts. As part of a cross-community effort to raise funds for a new Track and Field project at Wellesley High School, Community Investors is serving as fiscal agent for the private capital campaign. "This project an opportunity to earn their own money, which we consider another benefit of our program." As parents of three children each, both Roberts and Cavallerano agree that kids today have more academic and athletic pressure than ever before. And too much technology isn't a healthy outlet. "It's fos- tering inactivity in our kids and making them cognitively and emo- tionally deficient with the guise of making them seem connected," explains Cavallerano. Roberts agrees. "Community Investors was cre- ated to take on these problems, one kid at a time. We support our kids with activities that holistically strengthen them, both mentally and physically, during an otherwise challenging time in their life. It's like the sandlot with guardrails." All Middle School students are welcome to participate in the Sports Club. "Even if kids don't have interest in the athletics, there's always a place for them here," explains Cavallerano. There are student DJ, announcer and social media correspondent positions available. The program includes less-traditional sports like flag football and dodge- ball (with foam balls) to encourage inclusion. Loud, upbeat music "My son absolutely loves it. We are thrilled as it provides exercise, time with friends, and time away from video games. We consider the Sports Club just as important for his all-around growth as his academic studies." 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 5 152 D A R R E N B O V I E

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