For the upcoming Olympics, First Lady Michelle Obama is leading the U.S. Delegation to the 2012 Olympic Games. She is calling on families around the country to support our athletes by getting active in their own communities by participating in “Olympics-inspired” Meetups.
The Mattahunt Wheelock College Partnership
In 2010-2011, Wheelock College was introduced to the urgent needs in the Mattapan community by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the City of Boston. The Mattahunt Community Center, located in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood, was closed in 2010 because of severe city budget constraints. Mayor Menino sought solutions to addressing community needs by forging public-private partnerships that would ensure continued attention and more importantly continued services and programs in the greater Mattapan Community.
Wheelock College believes its mission-to improve the lives of children and families-extends well beyond the borders of our Boston and Brookline campuses. The Mattahunt Community Center is an ideal example of that philosophy in action. With support and guidance from the Mattahunt Wheelock Community Advisory Board, the Center officially reopened in 2011 with refurbished facilities, including a pool, a basketball court, athletic fields, and a new computer center with wireless access.
This summer, the center is active with a range of summer camp programs, sports programs and a program training high school students to provide college awareness and financial literacy workshops to other elementary, middle and high school age youth in the Mattapan area.
Throughout the past year, the partnership has revitalized the Center and made an impact on the lives of nearly 200 families per day who are benefiting from a robust portfolio of programs and activities.
Highlights from year one:
• 107 children aged 5-12 enrolled in the Boys & Girls Club After School Program.
• 219 adults and children participated in sports based activities at the Center.
• Over 150 Volunteers attending the City Year & Boston Celtics CommUNITY Crew with special guests: Governor Deval Patrick, Danny Ainge (Boston Celtics), Senator Scott Brown and Police Commissioner Ed Davis.
Find Out More
Wheelock College has committed to manage the Mattahunt Community Center for at least four years (2011-2015). The Center has come a long way, but there is still much to be done. Please visit the web page for more information: www.wheelock.edu/mattahunt