Students combine sports and philanthropy

Above: Trottier students put on “1st Annual” Boro Ball Tournament (Photo by Mark Zides)

Here’s a story I didn’t have a chance to cover earlier this month. 7th grade Trottier students organized and ran a regional Boro Ball Tournament. They ran a great community event while raising $385 for Special Olympics.

Students Zachary Zides and Zachary Osetek organized and ran the event with help from Principal Lavoie. Students from Neary to Algonquin volunteered at the June 1st event. The 7th graders hope that future classes will take this on as an annual tradition.

Southborough’s Gregg Boloff is a member of the Special Olympics Board. He had the following to share:

Boro Ball was an invitational tournament that brought together 42 7th graders and four local Special Olympics teams (Marlboro, Milford, Hopkinton & Shrewsbury) together for an afternoon of basketball and fun. The event was comprised of shooting, passing and dribbling drills, a 3 point shot contest and 5 on 5 games.

What was especially rewarding about the event was that the 7th graders and Special Olympians played together on unified teams. The format not only encouraged volunteerism, community support, inclusion and acceptance of diversity but also fostered some great friendships. . .

We are extremely proud of all those who participated and their involvement sends a very important message about how meaningful philanthropy and community support can be. One mother of a 5th grade athlete with Aspergers syndrome said that Boro Ball was the first time she could remember her son feeling “happy and included”… and that says it all!

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