For Immediate Release
June 24, 2013
Boston Centers for Youth & Families
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Daphne Griffin, Boston’s Chief of Human Services and Executive Director of Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF,) are pleased to announce the return of “Fit Kits” available for loan now from ten BCYF community centers.
“As Mayor, I want all of our young people to have a fun, healthy, and safe summer experience,” said Mayor Menino. “There are free or affordable programs in every neighborhood this summer and I am pleased to offer these Fit Kits as another option for our families.”
This year, the BCYF Fit Kits are sponsored by the Boston Public Health Commission through the Boston Moves For Health Initiative. The kits provide families and community members with the opportunity to borrow a mesh bag filled with sports equipment to play a number of games and activities. The complete kit includes two hula hoops, one Frisbee, one football, one kickball, one basketball, one soccer ball, one stop watch, 12 flag football belts with flags, 6 cones, four jump ropes, two double-dutch ropes, one wiffle ball bat, three wiffle balls, six beanbags and one activity booklet which contains simple instructions for each game.
“We really want to create ease of access for our families to join together in fitness and healthy activities,” said Daphne Griffin, Boston’s Chief of Human Services and Executive Director of BCYF. “These Fit Kits allow families to enjoy healthy activities anywhere in the City.”
Anyone over the age of 18 can sign out a Fit Kit for FREE by visiting one of the BCYF community centers listed below and filling out a simple check-out form. Fit Kits should be returned within 24 hours of check-out.
Fit Kits are available at:
BCYF Cleveland Community Center 11 Charles Street, Dorchester 617-635-5141
BCYF Gallivan Community Center 61 Woodruff Way, Mattapan 617-635-5252
BCYF Hennigan Community Center 200 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain 617-635-5198
BCYF Hyde Park Community Center 1179 River Street, Hyde Park 617-635-5178
BCYF Perkins Community Center 155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester 617-635-5146
BCYF Pino Comm. Center 86 Boardman Street, East Boston 617-635-5120
BCYF Quincy Community Center 885 Washington Street, Boston 617-635-5129
BCYF Shelburne Community Center 2730 Washington Street, Roxbury 617-635-5213
BCYF Tynan Community Center 650 East 4th Street, So Boston 617-635-5110
A Fit Kit will also be available in early July when the BCYF Archdale Community Center (125 Brookway Road, Roslindale, 617-635-5256) reopens following renovation.