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Through our Department of Special Programs and Projects, the Division of Athletics, Recreation, Special Projects and Programs is in the forefront of providing athletics outreach to local neighborhoods, the state, and even overseas audiences. We provide complimentary use of the university's athletic facilities to community groups; we offer student athlete sports clinics for young people; we make holiday visits to hospitals; and offer many other similar services.

More than 150 school, charitable, governmental, and private organizations use UMass Boston athletic facilities for over 2,100 hours each year as participants or spectators. Along with the university's Office of Community Relations and the Division of Student Affairs, the division provides staff support to the Urban Mission Coordinating Committee and manages the Harbor Point Agreement to ensure harmonious neighborhood relations. With the Department of Africana Studies, the Division implements the international exchange program YES (Youth, Education, and Sports) with Africa, a multiethnic, coeducational sports and leadership initiative that is currently based in Senegal and Benin and has served over 1,500 African youth.


Presented as part of the poster showcase at the Office of Community Partnerships' Community-Engaged Partnerships Symposium on April 10, 2013 at UMass Boston.