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Boston City Supports Sports Museum of New England Stand Strong Program
Michael Preston | Fri, Jun 16, 2017 3:37 pm

Boston City striker Jhonata Batista and midfielder Kevin Herrera helped a group of Edwards Middle School students celebrate completing the Sports Museum of New England Stand Strong program in Charlestown.

Batista and Herrera joined a group of a dozen youngsters as they received their course certificates and answered questions about playing soccer at a professional level.  The students learned about Boston City FC and what it takes to follow a dream of playing sport beyond school and college levels.

“The message became clear as we talked, that doing well in school, studying and working hard at whatever you choose to do in life is important to success,” said Herrera, who comes from Lynn, MA, and attends Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire.  “Jhonata and I enjoyed answering questions about how we have made our way through the education system and are pursuing our dreams and I’m sure we made a positive impact and gave them some ideas on how to be successful.”

Stand Strong is the Sports Museumof New England ’s hallmark character education program provided to at-risk elementary and middle school students hailing from Charlestown, Chelsea, Dorchester, Roxbury, and South Boston.  Stand Strong builds character in kids so that they can stand up to drugs, violence, bullying, and other dangers.

Boston City FC was recognized by the Sports Museum of New England in January and the Stand Strong player appearance is the first of many initiatives planned between the two organizations.  Boston City FC provides a platform for the best local players to develop and realize aspirations of playing professional soccer, and shares the Sports Museum’s philosophy of making a positive impact in local communities.

A player’s shirt, a scarf from the successful inaugural 2016 National Premier Soccer League campaign, the club crest and the first-ever team photo sit proudly alongside the impressive array of artifacts on display at the Sports Museum within the TD Garden in Boston.



 


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