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Representatives from Wynn Boston Harbor joined with Scholar Athletes to announce the expansion of the flagship program to Everett High School.
Representatives from Wynn Boston Harbor joined with Scholar Athletes to announce the expansion of the flagship program to Everett High School. Scholar Athletes strives to improve academic achievement through athletics. Everett now becomes the third school district in Massachusetts served by Scholar Athletes. In attendance were, CEO of Suffolk Construction Company, John Fish, President of Wynn Boston Harbor, Robert DeSalvio,
Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Representative Joseph McGonagle, Superintendent Fred Foresteire, and members of the City Council and School Committee
Scholar Athletes is the only non-profit organization with dedicated classroom space known as Zones, staffed by trained full-time Scholar Athletes mentors and academic coaches. In the Zones, students are supported with academic tutoring, health and wellness education, and college and career planning. Wynn Boston Harbor is adopting and funding the Everett High School Zone.
“It’s amazing to think how many young lives this innovative program will touch and how many futures it will help to mold,” said Robert DeSalvio, President of Wynn Boston Harbor. “Our cities and towns are filled with good and talented kids who just need some guidance and support. The Scholar Athletes Zone is the place where they get the mentoring and attention they need at a time when they most need it.”
Scholar Athletes has created new athletic opportunities through 55 intramural sport programs. From an academic standpoint, Zone members have achieved a 95% graduation rate with most continuing their education past high school, a 172-point increase on SAT scores, and more than 120 college scholarships totaling $4.2 million.
“Everett is fortunate to have quality partners like Scholar Athletes in our schools,” said Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria. “Our students are the pride of Everett and we are thrilled that they now have this additional resource to support their academic and athletic pursuits.”
In addition to Everett, Scholar Athletes currently supports more than 5,000 students in Boston Public Schools and Springfield Public Schools in 23 separate Zones.
“Scholar Athletes leverages the proven link between young people’s success on the playing fields and their success in the classroom, and in life,” said John Fish, Scholar Athletes Founder and Suffolk Chairman and CEO. “The expansion of our successful and innovative Scholar Athletes program into Everett represents our commitment to broadening our reach into our inner-city communities and demonstrates how the power of partnerships can impact real lives and create real opportunities for our future leaders.”
“Scholar Athletes is thrilled to be in Everett, a community with a true commitment to academic excellence,” said Daphne Griffin, Scholar Athletes Executive Director. “Our program opens doors for our students, known as Zone members, and creates new opportunities for them to excel in the classroom, on the court or field, and in life post-high school. Bringing this opportunity to Everett is very exciting for our team.”
“Our school community is made stronger by the quality of our school partners,” said Everett Superintendent of Schools Frederick Foresteire. “Scholar Athletes will be a point of pride for Everett High School and our students and is a valued partner in our mission of academic excellence for all.”
Scholar Athletes was founded in partnership with the City of Boston and Boston Public Schools in 2009. In 2014 the program expanded to Springfield.