Links Inc Receives $50,000 Grant From B.A.A.

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Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
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Boston MA 02116
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10 MAY 2012

THE BOSTON CHAPTER OF LINKS, INCORPORATED RECEIVES $50,000 GRANT FROM THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION AND KICKS OFF K – 8 SERVICE PROJECT AT THE KING SCHOOL

Chapter honors its commitment to service for youth and education

Boston, MA. May 10, 2012.  The Boston Chapter of Links, Incorporated (The Links) embarks on a three year commitment with the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 school in Dorchester, MA to provide an overall health and wellness program.

In partnership with the King School leadership team, the Boston Athletic Association, the Boston Public Schools, and other sponsors and community stakeholders, The Boston Chapter of The Links, Inc.’s “Fit for the King: A Health and Wellness Project” will create and offer a menu of comprehensive fitness, nutrition, and health and wellness programming for the King School community designed to enthusiastically engage students and parents while promoting healthy living.

“The Boston Chapter of Links is excited to work with the King School as part of our signature program,” said Pamela Everhart, President of the Boston Chapter of Links, Inc., “The program is part of our mission, to provide volunteer services in arts, youth, international and national trends that work to strengthen families and communities.”

As part of the 125th anniversary of the Boston Marathon, the BAA awarded the Links a grant to support programmatic efforts at the King School.

The B.A.A.'s contribution will include funding recreation activity during recess, before and after school; equipment to be used by the school and physical education programs; as well as an in-school running club and regular appearances at the school.  The B.A.A. has also invited the King school to participate in its events and programs throughout the year.

“We are happy to be partnering with the Links and Boston Public Schools on such a great program that promises to make a difference in the lives of these students and families,” said B.A.A. President Joann Flaminio. “Our objectives in this, our 125th anniversary year, include renewing our commitment to youth athletics.”

A kick-off for this project is set for May 12th at 10:00am at the King School with Boston Superintendent Carol Johnson, King School Principal Jessica Bolt, B.A.A. President Joann E. Flaminio and Boston Chapter of Links President Pamela Everhart.  Here the Links will unveil their plans to support the school throughout the next three years and celebrate the new project with a celebration filled with fitness, music and arts, from face painting to drumming to double-dutch.

The Fit for the King: A health and Wellness Project will be supported by volunteer hours provided by members of the Boston Chapter of Links, Inc. as part of their commitment to community service.

About The Links, Inc.

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 274 chapters across the US and abroad.  It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

The Boston Chapter of Links, Inc. is a branch of the national organization and is in its 60th year. With 77 active and alumni members, the Boston Chapter has contributed more than 500,000 house of community service annually – from a book program at a local daycare center and back packs filled with school supplies to schools to supporting arts in the community, Mama Kits in Africa and supporting women in the Sudan, Links works to  strengthen their communities and enhance the nation.

B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.