Four years ago while a Junior at Boston College, Will Relle wanted to make a difference. He was inspired by the Coaching Corps mission of bringing role models in the form of coaches to kids in low-income communities in California, and knew there was a need for the same kind of mentors around Boston. So he set out to start a Coaching Corps chapter at Boston College and committed his college days to bringing volunteer coaches to Boston’s underserved youth.
The experience left an indelible mark on Will, and once he graduated, he craved for a way to continue his work with Coaching Corps. Will thought he must not be alone. There must be many Coaching Corps alumni who would want to stay involved in the Boston area. That’s when he set out to establish the Boston Alumni Chapter of Coaching Corps, the first of its kind.
With several other fellow Coaching Corps alums, Will is working to bring together former Coaching Corps coaches who want to continue to make a difference.
“We all had this great experience coaching kids with Coaching Corps, and an interest in volunteering, and I want to figure out how we can continue that after we graduate,” says Will.
Boston College Team Captain Piper Haney joined Will in rallying former Coaching Corps coaches. Together, they recently hosted the chapter’s first meeting, where they brainstormed ways to stay involved in service. After some discussion, the first planned event took shape. On Saturday, September 15th twenty-five Coaching Corps alumni will volunteer at Fenway Park as part of the Red Sox “Green Team” to collect recyclable material during the game.
Will is excited about the opportunity to bring Coaching Corps alumni together and anticipates this will be the first of many networking and service events that support Coaching Corps’ mission to provide Boston’s children with a trained and caring coach..
The Boston Alumni chapter is the first Coaching Corps Alumni chapter, but won’t be the last. If you are interested in helping bring an Alumni chapter to your city, e-mail Alan Almario at Alan.firstname.lastname@example.org.