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June 25, 2022
 
Yawkey Foundation Grants $500K to 10 Mass. Nonprofits
Yawkey Foundation

May 16, 2022 — The Yawkey Foundation, based in Dedham, last week announced it granted $500,000 to 10 Massachusetts nonprofits that provide opportunity and reduce barriers for individuals of all abilities to participate in high-quality athletic and recreation programs, particularly those focused on youth with cognitive, developmental and physical disabilities.

“Tom Yawkey and Jean Yawkey believed that recreational and amateur athletics were vital to helping individuals develop lifelong values such as respect, teamwork and sportsmanship,” said Maureen H. Bleday, CEO of the Yawkey Foundation. “These nonprofits provide experiences that build upon participants’ diverse strengths, abilities and potential, acknowledging the whole person and inspiring them to reach new levels of confidence and achievement.”

The grants include funding for specialized recreational equipment, such as a customized tandem trike and a rowing barge, as well as specific projects such as a nonprofit’s digital transformation for expanded registration and engagement for inclusive sports training.

The grants also emphasize access to recreational, athletic, and adventure experiences for participants with financial barriers.

Receiving the grants, averaging $50,000, were the following:

  • Adaptive Sports New England, Boston
  • Camp Grossman, Westwood
  • Camp Shriver, Boston
  • Community Rowing, Brighton
  • Helping Hands and Hooves, Mattapoisett
  • Heroes in Transition, Mashpee
  • Piers Park Sailing Center, Boston
  • Special Olympics of Massachusetts, Marlborough
  • Waypoint Adventure, Lexington
  • Y-Abilities – Old Colony YMCA Brockton, Brockton
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