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Sportsmen's wins EMC grant for academic curriculum

Posted by Justin Rice  July 22, 2013 03:28 PM

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Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center received a “generous academic” grant from EMC Corporation on Monday which will allow the Dorchester-based tennis facility to add a science component to their academic curriculum.

“Science is such an important aspect of a young person's education today," Sportsman's Executive Director Toni Wiley said in a press release. "This is a critical way of building on the academic and fitness programs we already have in place."

The grant recognizes Sportsmen's successful programs for low-income youth in Boston.

EMC's Director of Community Involvement Jessica Anderson said Sportsmen’s has been a huge resource for the past 50 years.

“Through enhanced curriculum to include fields of science, students will have the opportunity to learn about the exciting career opportunities available in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)," Anderson said in the press release. "EMC is honored to award STEC this grant, and looks forward to hearing from the next generation of innovators."

The new curriculums, which will cover geology, biology, chemistry, nutrition, energy and environmental issues, will be beneficial to youth in first through eighth grade in Sportsmen’s after school programs and sixth through eleventh grades in weekend enrichment programs.

Boston Latin Academy student and Sportsmen's junior tennis player, DiAndrea Galloway, believes this is going a good opportunity.

“Students will get a chance to learn more about the environment, green chemistry, the human body, health and many more things all while having fun!" she said in the press release. "It is great for students like me, especially since I plan on going pre-med in college in a few years."

Dennis Membah is a Brighton High student who writes for Teens in Print.

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