By Josh White
Boston Scores is a non-profit group that provides after school programs for local youth in grades K-12. These programs are centered around soccer activities and team-based educational enrichment programs.
For several years, Margulies Perruzzi has been involved with Boston Scores as a participant in their annual Scores Cup soccer tournament at Gillette Stadium. The tournament allows companies like ours an opportunity to extend our team building outside the office while also supporting a great cause. This year, I had the opportunity to take over from longtime team MP captain, Rui Ribeiro. And while our team didn’t take home the trophy, we still had a great time out on the turf, seeing Gillette from a different perspective.
MP Soccer Team at Boston Scores’ Scores Cup at Gillette Stadium.
Beyond participating in the annual Scores Cup, we have been lucky to also work with Boston Scores. For almost five years, Boston Scores has been searching for a home for their youth programs and staff offices, and we’ve been proud to be able to assist them in those efforts. After searching and studying several different properties, Executive Director John Maconga was able to guide the organization into a partnership with the Salesian Boys and Girls Club of East Boston. The existing building will house the staff offices for the organization, as well as provide a large homework help space and coach training room. We will also be placing several high-end soccer fields nearby, complete with restrooms, a playground, an outdoor classroom, a walking path, and parking.
When I asked John recently what this means for his organization, he told me, “This project will enable Boston Scores to more than double the number of youth served while enhancing the quality of instruction we provide, deepening our commitment to the youth of East Boston and the City at large.” He added, “We look forward to deepening our connections with the East Boston community.”
Rendering depicting the front exterior view of Boston Scores’ new headquarters.
Other improvements that the project will bring to the community include adding an elevator to the existing Boys and Girls Club building to provide inclusive access to all three floors of the building. The parking lot will also be reconstructed to provide more environmentally friendly stormwater management and increased activity spaces for the area youth.
Rendering of a field providing increased activity space for Boston Scores’ youth programs.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with John and his team at Boston Scores on such a worthwhile project, and we look forward to competing in future Scores Cup events!