Sport in Society’s Co-ops Get Hands-On in the Community

November 01, 2010

Sport in Society’s Co-ops Get Hands-On in the Community


            This January, Sport in Society has employed five Co-op students to work in the community through a partnership with the YMCA of Greater Boston.  The YMCA’s position in the community and its commitment to Sport in Society values of sports, leadership, inclusion, peace, and health, made the partnership an ideal fit.

Over the course of the previous semester, two Sport in Society Co-op students worked at YMCA headquarters on Huntington Avenue and periodically at the Wang and Roxbury branches.  This year, Community Operative Co-ops Frank McPhee and Lucy Ellis will be stationed at the Wang YMCA, Kristen Blake and Aubrey Bynoe are working at the Hyde Park branch, and Benjamin Blumberg provides a home base connection at Sport in Society’s headquarters on the Northeastern campus.  These students are looking to implement new strategies in each YMCA and the surrounding neighborhoods to create a stable recreational infrastructure for youth in each area, which they are not always accustomed to.  After the first day at the Hyde Park YMCA, the children were “surprised and shocked” to see Kristen and Aubrey return the following day.

While each two-student team is still in the early planning stages, they are already starting to see results from their daily efforts.  At the Wang YMCA, they held a workshop for middle-school students about gender differences.  In keeping with the vision and mission of Sport in Society, these Co-op students are becoming champions for “diversity, inclusion and civic engagement.”


About Sport in Society

Sport in Society educates and supports emerging leaders and organizations within sport with the awareness, knowledge and skills to implement innovative and impactful solutions for social change. Topical areas of work include: leadership, healthy development, diversity and inclusion, violence prevention, community building, community service, and civic engagement.

We achieve our mission through socially responsible leadership education, professional development, consulting and capacity building:


About the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Boston is dedicated to improving the health of mind, body and spirit of individuals and families in our communities.  They welcome men and women, boys and girls of all incomes, faiths and cultures.  Northeastern University’s relationship with the YMCA goes back to the University’s inception in 1898.  At that time, Northeastern was called the “Evening Institute for Young Men” when it started in the Huntington Avenue YMCA.  The relationship continues today, hinged on shared ideals of diversity, inclusion and responsibility.