Dream Big!

Dream Big!
281 Needham Street, Suite 202
Newton, MA 02464
Linda Driscoll
bostonmarathon@dream-big.org
857.404.0123
 

The mission of Dream Big! is to help girls from low-income situations achieve their dreams by providing them with the basic items and program fees necessary to enable them to participate in sports and physical activities helping to lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles and quality learning experiences.

Dream Big! partners with organizations, schools and community health centers in economically disadvantaged communities in Massachusetts to identify and fulfill the equipment, uniform, footwear, program fees and training needs of girls from low-income situations, in elementary, junior high and high school in order to help them engage in sports and physical activities that contribute to their health, education, and overall well-being.

In addition Dream Big! works to create opportunities for girls to develop social connections with peers and mentors; maintain healthy, active lives; assume leadership roles; and grow physically, emotionally, and socially through sports, clinics, camps, sporting events and the annual Dream Big! Leadership Conference.

Dream Big! equipment donations, program scholarships, sports clinics and the Dream Big! Leadership Conference impacted over 5000 girls and elementary school children from 50 different programs and schools in economically disadvantaged communities last year. Funds raised through the B.A.A. Boston Marathon Charity Program will help Dream Big! to further breakdown the economic barrier that currently prevents many girls from participating in sports and physical activities by increasing equipment, athletic footwear and sports attire donations, program scholarships, sports clinics and training opportunities available to girls in need.

B.A.A. Moment 8

1996 - Centennial Boston Marathon

The historic centennial Boston Marathon in 1996 was monumental for many reasons. It was the not only the first time that the ChampionChip timing and scoring device was used in a major US Marathon, but it was the largest running event ever held at the time. 

The starting field of 38,708 stood for more than seven years as the largest in the history of the sport. Included among the finishers were 16 Boston champions.