A Message About the Black Lives Matter Movement from JPYS
Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer stands in support of Black Lives Matter and the fight against state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. We affirm our support for the fight against all forms of racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and hatred that tear at the fabric of the communities in Boston that we serve.
As a volunteer-run youth sports organization, we strive to support all families and children who participate in our program, regardless of who they are or where they come from. We believe soccer, the beautiful game, serves an important role in bringing people together in safe, community-oriented spaces where children can grow in confidence in their soccer skills and meaningful social connections can occur.
Principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have always been at the center of our mission. Today we reaffirm our commitment to these principles as well as a commitment to actions that will bring greater diversity to the leadership of the organization, our volunteers, and the families we serve. To this end, we will explore ways to increase diversity in the following areas:
Volunteer recruitment, specifically on-field coaches.
Board member recruitment.
Broader support for urban youth soccer initiatives.
JPYS recognizes the role we can play in promoting DEI and the fight against racism and all forms of hate in our society. We also recognize that we do not have all the answers to how our programs can best support these goals. We ask for and welcome your input and involvement. If you wish to help strengthen our program, with your actions or with your ideas, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2020 Season Cancelled
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that the Spring 2020 soccer season is canceled. Boston Area Youth Soccer (BAYS) has cancelled its season for the Spring, and JPYS is following suit for JPYS travel teams and the JPYS Academy. Although we are disappointed that we won't be able to see scores of kids in green and orange shirts having fun on the soccer field this season, we know that the first priority needs to be everyone's safety.
We have sent an email to all families that are registered for the Spring season that contains information about the process for refunding registration fees or applying your fees to a future season.
We are sending everyone in our community and their loved ones many wishes for good health.
Great job, JPYS Community! Through the efforts of our petition to the City of Boston for new turf at Pagel Field, we have a commitment from the Parks and Recreation Department for turf replacement in the Spring of 2020. While we will more officially celebrate success once kids are playing on the new field, today we will take some pride in our efforts to get a commitment to take action from the City. Read more on the Jamaica Plain News site.