NBalance Gives 1,000 Track Shoes to Boston Public School Athletes

Boston public schools’ track athletes start year with new footwear


BOSTON – (January 17, 2011) – The Boston Scholar Athlete Program announced that Boston-based New Balance
has generously donated one thousand pairs of athletic shoes to
Boston Public School track athletes. The footwear arrived on
Thursday, January 13 and will be distributed to 14 Boston track
programs throughout the next week. The remaining shoes will be
distributed to athletes that participate in the Spring Outdoor
Track Program.


“It’s great to have
business leaders in our city that understand the needs of our
community and respond with the resources needed to help achieve
a better Boston for all of our residents,” Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino
said. “The Boston Scholar Athlete program and New Balance make
a fantastic team for our student athletes on and off the


“It is donations such as
this that reminds us what a powerful impact our community
partners can have on our scholar athletes,” said Boston Public
Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson. “These New
Balance sneakers will help our students excel on the track and therefore
also in the classroom. With the help of the Boston Scholar
Athlete Program we will continue to remove the barriers that
prevent our students from participating in programs like


“We are proud to support
Mayor Menino and the Boston Scholar Athletes Program in a
vision that we share – producing academic achievement through
the pursuit of athletics. Mayor Menino and the City continue to
be at the forefront of finding ways to help students achieve
the tools necessary to excel in life and learning. We applaud all of the
City’s student athletes for their on-going commitment to
succeed,” said Matt LeBretton, Director of Public Affairs for New Balance.


“We’d like to thank New
Balance for their overwhelming generosity; it is a shining
example of the commitment of local businesses to our athletes.
Our partners like New Balance help us to create a solid
foundation upon which students can achieve academic and athletic success
and prepare them for the future,” said John Fish, Chairman of the Red & Blue Foundation and CEO of Suffolk Construction Company.


The Boston Public Schools Indoor Track Program
services more than 500 student-athletes every year, making it
one of the largest athletic programs for both boys and girls
combined in the city. These 500 athletes make up 16 teams that
practice and compete on a weekly basis at the Reggie Lewis
Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury, MA.


The Boston Scholar
Athlete Program is a program designed to support academic
achievement through athletics in the Boston Public Schools. Now
in its second year, the BSA is a collaboration with Mayor
Menino, Superintendent Johnson, and Suffolk Construction’s Red &
Blue Foundation. The BSA currently supports more than 1,500
student athletes in the Boston Public High Schools.


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