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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148 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 from the day most kids are born, they get swept up into a whirlwind of organized activities—from one-hour "mommy- and-me yoga" to family music classes. As soon as they can walk they are shuffled from ice hockey to soccer and back. And throughout ele- mentary school their activities double in dura- tion and frequency. But in middle school the dynamics change. Sports teams become more competitive and students need to find a place for themselves. Wellesley Middle School (WMS) offers a range of after-school activities — from structured pro- grams such as floor hockey, soccer, team hand- ball, and dance classes, to unstructured "open gym" time for pick-up basketball, ping-pong, and badminton, as well as use of the Fitness Center. And there are a variety of clubs based on student interests. But there is always room for more opportunities to engage in after-school play and socialization. In 2014, Wellesley resident, Joe Roberts, channeled his experience running summer and vacation sports camps into Community Investors, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Wellesley's adolescents with after-school, noncompetitive sports programs. Community Investors launched its first pilot program—the Sports Club —last fall in partner- ship with Wellesley Middle School. "As a parent with kids in the Wellesley public school system, I thought it would be beneficial to introduce programs combining active play and socializa- tion to complement WMS' after-school offerings," explains Roberts. D A R R E N B O V I E wellness vitality condition strengthen nutrition diet stamina Time to Play Community Investors, Inc. Launches the Sports Club for Today's Adolescents PAT T Y L E N Z B O V I E writer fitness & health

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