Track & Field
Although most college students in the area were on winter break, the UMass Boston Track & Field was not, and took some time out of their practices to keep the Beacons Light Academy train rolling. What also made this particular day special was the fact that it coincided with the UMass Boston Beacons Men's Ice Hockey team playing in the 2017 Capital One Frozen Fenway game. The children involved had a double treat of Beacons student-athletes, as some children went to Fenway Park to cheer on the Beacons immediately after Beacons Light Academy. The youth involved had a chance to learn what it takes to be a college track and field athlete, through specific drills and exercises taught by head coach Consandria Walker and her team of athletes. Coach Walker, who herself was a standout track athlete at Northeastern University, encouraged the children to think big when it comes to competing, and may have also seen future beacons in the making. It was great to have the UMB Track & Field team take part in the Beacons Light Academy.
Men's Ice Hockey
Fresh off of a 5-1 victory over Babson College at the 2017 Capital One Frozen Fenway, the UMB Men's Ice Hockey team got back to work in the community at the Pine Street Inn. Five student-athletes and coaches took part in the Pine Street Initiative for the month of January. Although the holidays were over, there was still plenty of important work to do. The Beacons helped out in all facets throughout their time at the Pine Street Inn. Having the men's ice hockey team visit after the holidays was a good chance for the athletes to see and understand that, homelessness does not stop even after the "holiday" season. For most individuals homelessness is a constant struggle especially after the holidays. Team members prepared meals for the 5:00 pm dinner, and had a chance to tour the Pine Street Inn lead by Scottie Wait, the Director of Volunteer Programs. As always UMass Boston would like to thank the Pine Street Inn for once again continuing to teach UMB student-athletes, and stressing the importance of making a difference.
Children from the South Boston Boys & Girls Club were in for a treat in this edition of Beacons Light Academy, as they were introduced to the UMB men's and women's tennis teams. Both teams are the most internationally diverse on the UMass Boston campus. Members of the club had a chance to learn the sport of tennis from coach Eric Berg and his team of student-athletes. There is no wonder why this edition of Beacons Light Academy was heavily attended by children of the Boys & Girls Club. Coach Berg and his student-athletes taught children the art of serving, attacking the net, and it what it takes to be a good tennis player and student-athlete. The goal of Beacons Light Academy is to always expose our local community to different sports they may want to try, and we hope this experience for the children of the South Boston Boys & Girls club was a testament to that.