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Mural Complete in South Boston

14 Aug

Youth in South Boston were involved in our Global Life Empowerment (GLE) program and together worked on designing and painting a community mural with the theme “There is Unity in the Community!” The mural is complete and images are below.

Doc Wayne volunteer coaches, Jose and Andrew, show off the work of their team of youth.

Doc Wayne volunteer coaches, Jose and Andrew, show off the work of their team of youth.

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The GLE program seeks to:

  • Empower youth by giving them a voice
  • Provide additional out of the classroom writing and alternative self-expression opportunities
    Teach self-regulation and social skills
  • Help youth learn to advocate for themselves, their needs, and desires in appropriate ways.
  • Youth work cooperatively, with team members and their coach, to share their responses to suggested changes, lessons learned, and group leadership activities experienced.

For more information about Doc Wayne and the Global Life Empowerment program please visit or contact us at


Doc Wayne Nominated For CLASSY Award

19 Jun

We have been nominated for a CLASSY Award. The CLASSY Awards is the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country, celebrating the greatest charitable achievements by nonprofit organizations, socially conscious businesses, and individuals worldwide. In 2011, nearly 2,000 organizations and volunteers were nominated for a CLASSY Award, and their collective efforts impacted the lives of more than 200,000,000 people in 71 countries worldwide.  Thank you to all who have supported our efforts.


8 Jun

The Doc Wayne Athletic League and African Basketball Organization Begin Collaboration To Provide A Positive Path For Youth In Nigeria


BOSTON, MA, June 8, 2012:  The Doc Wayne Athletic League (Doc Wayne) and African Basketball (ABO) announced today that they will begin their partnership this summer to integrate Doc Wayne’s do the good sports-based therapeutic curriculum into ABO’s work with youth in Nigeria.  The do the good curriculum, which connects with youth on a sport level as well as teaches pro-social behaviors and life skills, will complement ABO’s existing initiatives to work with underprivileged youth in Nigeria.

Doc Wayne Executive Director David Cohen said, “This is an exciting opportunity for us as we have positively connected with youth here in the U.S.  Why not do the same with youth beyond our borders?  This is a natural partnership as our missions align well for the common good of connecting with youth through sport.”

African Basketball (ABO) President and Founder Eyo Effiong said, “After observing how David Cohen and his team at Doc Wayne utilizes the do the good skills based program in the development of the social skills of at-risk youth here in the U.S., I realized that the youth at our summer leadership programs in Nigeria, and other African communities would benefit immensely if we introduced these life-skills tools.  We are very excited about this unique opportunity to partner with Doc Wayne.”

National coaches and mentors that the youth can look to for support are key and Doc Wayne has already begun the process of training coaches on the curriculum.  Initially the programs will look to work with 90 Nigerian boys and girls in Lagos to measure academics, violence reduction and pro-social behaviors.

For updates on this and other initiatives at Doc Wayne and the ABO, follow us on Twitter at:  @DocWayneDtG and @AfricanBBall.

About Doc Wayne (

Doc Wayne is a Boston, MA (USA) based 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission of offering youth an innovative group therapy experience delivered through the medium of team sports stressing positive youth development.  Through Doc Wayne’s sports-based therapeutic curriculum, do the good (DtG), youth learn to perceive the world as less threatening and their ability to interact with their environment becomes more empowered and they gain greater self-esteem.

About African Basketball (

African Basketball (ABO) is a 501(c)(3) US based non-profit organization dedicated to the development of Africa through sports. ABO organizes co-ed basketball programs, integrated with life skills, HIV/AIDS Awareness, and leadership education for participants, coaches, and administrators.


David Cohen                                                            Eyo Effiong

Doc Wayne, Executive Director                                  ABO, Executive Director                                   

617-458-0315                                                           864-569-6024


From A Parent

18 May

Our daughter is in residence at a facility for young people with concurrent diagnoses and other serious emotional disorders. She has had a long and difficult life in her short 16 years, and seldom has had the opportunity to enjoy typical teenage activities. Her involvement in the Doc Wayne Program has allowed her to participate in an endeavor which has traditionally been beyond her. The Doc Wayne Program of Do the Good provides an environment for fragile children to be part of a team, be immediately supported in moments of stress with on-hand (and on court) clinical staff, survive in a large group setting, develop athletic skills and grow in a sense of their own worth. Our child has experienced all this and is proud of this new success in her life. We often comment as we watch her play that this is a miracle to see our daughter playing basketball on a team, with other teams and their accompanying noise in the gym, supporting her teammates and sharing in the warm-up and post-game activites. We remain permanently grateful to the Doc Wayne Program for this gift to our daughter.

Peter & Lynn R. – Doc Wayne parents

Summer Session Almost Here

18 May

We are about to conclude another session with the youth we serve at Doc Wayne and will be preparing to provide our sports-based program for the summer months.  In 2011-12, we increased our reach to over 140 youth in New England and began to train more youth workers and coaches on our do the good curriculum, creating a culture that connects with youth.

Our list of participants include youth who are:

  • Victims of abuse and/or neglect
  • Underserved
  • Sexually exploited
  • Impoverished
  • Truant
  • Differently abled
  • Mentally ill
  • Gang and drug involved

It is magical to see how sport can impact these youth and assist them in finding their positive path so they can become responsible contributing members to society.

Please consider supporting our efforts so that we may continue to reach more youth through the power of sport.  Please visit and click the Donate button.  Thank you so much for your consideration.

David Cohen

Executive Director

Doc Wayne Athletic League

“I feel a part of something I have never been a part of before.”

-DSP, Doc Wayne participant