Play Ball! foundation fast facts:
• Boston’s youth have one-third the opportunities to participate in sports as their suburban counterparts.
• In the Fall of 2009 and Spring of 2010 Play Ball! funded the first new sports through the Boston public middle school students since 2003.
• 81 percent of the students from the four Play Ball! Football league school schools are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. (Some of our schools average 90 percent.) The state average is 29 percent.
• In the three years Play Ball! been working with Boston schools they have put more than 1200 students on the field and on the court through baseball, football, volleyball and a competitive double dutch program.
Source: Play Ball! foundation
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