More than two-​​dozen youth played squash and lacrosse with pro­fes­sional foot­ball players from the New Eng­land Patriots and soccer stars on the New Eng­land Rev­o­lu­tion on Tuesday at Squash­Busters, an after-​​school urban youth devel­op­ment pro­gram on the North­eastern campus.

The after­noon event — which included chil­dren in Squash­Busters, Metro­Lacrosse and Spe­cial Olympics Mass­a­chu­setts — was part of the New Eng­land Patriots Char­i­table Foundation’s season-​​long ini­tia­tive to cel­e­brate volunteerism.

Andre Carter, Gary Guyton and Jeff Tarpinian of the Patriots, and Kevin Alston, Dar­rius Barnes, Shalrie Joseph, Tim Murray and Chris Tierney of the Rev­o­lu­tion par­tic­i­pated in the program.

It’s inspi­ra­tional for stu­dents to see and talk to pro­fes­sional ath­letes who are giving back to the com­mu­nity by vol­un­teering,” noted Julia Morgan, director of school place­ment and sup­port for SquashBusters.

Seventeen-​​year-​​old South Boston High School stu­dent Kadeem Mur­rell played squash with Carter, a 6-​​foot-​​4-​​inch defen­sive end who reg­is­tered a fran­chise record 4 ½ sacks against the New York Jets last Sunday.

I was happy being on the court with him,” said Mur­rell, who joined Squash­Busters in sixth grade and expressed interest in applying to North­eastern. “He seems like a really nice, out­going person.”

Mur­rell said vol­un­teering in the com­mu­nity is just as much fun as par­tic­i­pating in squash tour­na­ments around the country. As part of the Squash­Busters pro­gram, he rakes leaves in Franklin Park and plays cards with res­i­dents of Mount Pleasant Home, a Jamaica Plain-​​based housing facility for low-​​income elders with inad­e­quate sup­port systems.

It’s great to help people in the com­mu­nity,” he said. “It’s really nice to interact with people who you didn’t know before.”

Prior to showing off his skills on the squash court, Carter imparted an impor­tant life-​​lesson to the crowd of young foot­ball fans. “The most impor­tant thing is to be pos­i­tive and opti­mistic and to have a good head on your shoul­ders,” he explained. “Always speak the truth, whether on or off the field.”

Tierney, whose dad played squash in col­lege, was not looking for­ward to being schooled by the young ath­letes. “It won’t be pretty for any of us,” the mid­fielder quipped.

He praised Squash­Busters for its aca­d­emic suc­cess rate. Every stu­dent who com­pletes the pro­gram grad­u­ates from high school, and 93 per­cent earn a col­lege degree.

We wanted to talk to the kids about how impor­tant it is to stay in school,” Tierney said. “It’s incred­ible what they’ve done here.”

Squash­Busters has become a second home for Ale­jandra Madrid, a 15-​​year-​​old sopho­more at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Sci­ence in Boston who taught Carter how to hold a squash rac­quet. “It’s like a big family,” Madrid said. “It’s really fun.”