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 4

1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules. Pictured (left to right) above are seven of the eight women who participanted in the first official women's field of the Boston Marathon - Nina Kusciak, Katherine Switzer, Elaine Pederson, Ginny Collins, Pat Barrett, Frances Morrison, Sara Mae Berman (not pictured - Valerie Rogosheske).