Teaming up to connect students to sports

The pandemic didn’t just shut down schools, it also shut down team sports.

Now, Joy Richmond-Smith and Brad Maloon, two City Connects Coordinators in Salem, Mass., are working together to bring sports back to students. 

“Last year, I connected several kids to the Jr. Celtics program,” Richmond-Smith, the coordinator at the Saltonstall School says. “They were limited English speakers, and they had never had the chance to play on an organized team, and they really wanted to.” 

The Jr. Celtics Academy is a basketball program for middle school students run by the YMCA in Marblehead and the Boston Celtics. 

“Some of the kids have never been to Marblehead,” a wealthy town next door to Salem, “and they had never been to that Y.”

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