When the Boston Scholar Athlete Program was launched in 2009 by Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Suffolk CEO John Fish, the two had great visions of bolstering underdeveloped athletic programs and facilities.
They believed that by focusing on the field, students would improve their performance in the classroom and boost college eligibility. However, a year later, The Boston Globe reports that school officials and coaches are critical that the $2.5 million annual budget is enough to sustain the vision of reaching 5,000 students by the end of next year.
Despite these doubts, Menino pledges his commitment to The Boston Globe:
"This [program] has really moved the agenda for scholar athletes like I've never seen before in my career...As long as I'm sitting in this chair and living in this city, we'll be working on it together.''
The scope of the program reaches beyond the Boston Public School System, as other school districts inspired to create their own version have approached the program's leaders for advice.
Read more about achievements and projections in The Boston Globe.
To find out more about the program, visit the official Boston Scholar Athlete Program site.