The Dorchester community unveiled the new and improved sports facilities at the TechBoston Academy Wednesday afternoon, and the ESPN miniseries "Rise Up" was there to watch it happen.
The improvements were done through a partnership of local and state organizations and are featured in the ESPN series which premiers in September. The series traveled to four schools in four states to showcase renovation projects at the schools and the community that came together to make it happen.
ESPN was back at the school to film the reactions of the students, families, and faculty as they saw the changes that took place at their neighborhood school.
With help from local partners and volunteers the community came together to install new stands, a new asphalt walking track, lights, fencing, and landscaping around Robert’s Playground, home of the Dorchester Bears, a combination sports team including students from TechBoston Academy and Dorchester Academy.
Along with updates to the field, the girl’s locker room at the TechBoston Academy was completely renovated, improvements were made to the weightlifting center at the school, and new equipment was provided for the young athletes through donations and volunteered services.
“I’m running out of thank yous,” said Rich Moran, head coach of the Dorchester Bear’s varsity football team.
“It’s great for the school and it’s great for the kids,” he added.
Although many coaches and teachers were excited for the changes, it was the students who cheered the loudest when they saw the improvements.
“It’s great. We are going to show that we deserved the new equipment and facilities,” said Malik Gomes, a sophomore playing football for the Dorchester Bears.
Graduates of TechBoston Academy were also in attendance to show their appreciation for all the work that went into the program.
“I think the kids deserve this. I’m most excited for the work on the field because before it was pretty ugly,” said Marcela Borrer, Dorchester resident and graduate of TechBoston Academy.
Even with all the excitement, the cameras, and a visit from Mayor Thomas Menino, many just wanted to get out on the field and start playing.
Ed Toto, assistant coach of the Dorchester Bear, summed up the emotion, saying: “Our kids’ jaws dropped when they saw this.”
The Dorchester episode of "RISE UP" will air 7-8 p.m. ET Sept. 27 on ESPN.
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