Tag Archives: Adolescents

Boston Celtic RJ Hunter Inspires Doc Wayne Youth

16 May

This past March, a group of middle and high school students from Doc Wayne were invited to participate in a fun-filled afternoon at Sky Zone-Danvers hosted by Boston Celtics guard, RJ Hunter. Hunter was selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics and has been playing with the team since July when he signed his contract. On March 8th, the Doc Wayne youth arrived at Sky Zone where RJ Hunter and the Celtics staff arranged a special evening designed just for them.

The evening consisted of students participating in structured and unstructured games on the trampolines. After that, the Doc Wayne youth then had a chance to talk with and learn froBAB_4773.JPGm RJ over a pizza party. Rebekah Roulier, Doc Wayne’s Associate Director, reflected on the evening by expressing, “The evening was full of the joy and happiness of just being a kid and many youth were encouraged and inspired by conversations with RJ. For our Doc Wayne youth, these moments are invaluable.”

Our Clinical Director, Jonathan Baum also reflected on the event by stating, “It was a once in a lifetime experience for a group of kids that would likely never get this type of opportunity. Not only was it a fun event, but RJ Hunter is clearly a good person. He was great with the kids and was genuinely interested in them. He was not doing this for the publicity, but out of kindness. RJ is a great role model and doing this for the kids will definitely have a lasting impact.”

One of Doc Wayne’s Executive Director’s favorite moments from the event was an impact RJ had on a specific individual. David Cohen described this individual as “aBAB_4823 young boy who struggles daily and initially, at Sky Zone, was not participating…..until he had a chance to speak with RJ.  The young boy expressed how RJ made him realize how great being an athlete really was and to always be humble. Even though he was originally hesitant towards participating, after speaking with RJ, his feelings immediately changed and he felt that his time with RJ changed his life.”

The Doc Wayne team cannot express enough, how grateful we are for everything RJ and the Boston Celtics staff did for our youth. It was an incredible evening and something our youth will not forget. Doc Wayne’s staff and youth had an amazing time throughout the day and truly appreciate all that the Celtics have done. Doc Wayne will always be a supporter of RJ and the rest of the Boston Celtics!

For more information on Doc Wayne please contact us at info@docwayne.org or follow us on twitter @DocWayneDtG.


Doc Wayne Youth Help Kids Stay Warm This Winter

9 Nov

Doc Wayne (www.docwayne.org) Global Life Empowerment youth recently completed their fall project, helping youth in intensive foster care stay warm and feel cared for this upcoming holidaunnamedy season.

Supported by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s After-School and Out-of-School Time (ASOST-Q) Grant Program, Global Life Empowerment helps Doc Wayne participants stretch to a new level of competence and readiness in skills essential to their educational, clinical, vocational, and social functioning.

This year’s fall project involved making cozy no-sew fleece blankets. To start, youth and their coaches layered two blankets, and then cut squares in each corner. Youth then cut strips on all four sides and then tied the two fleece layers together. These six blankets will be donated to Communities For People’s Intensive Foster Ca
re Program
 (http://www.wefostercare.org/) to be wrapped up as holiday gifts. This program is not only rewarding and beneficial to our Doc Wayne youth, but also to our interns and staff involved.

The Global Life Empowerment team will return to South Boston this week to help youth plant bulbs to beautiful the South Boston community this upcoming spring.


Thank you to our partner the Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center and the Global Life Empowerment team of staff and interns for their amazing work with our youth this fall season.

For more information about Doc Wayne please visit http://www.docwayne.org or follow us @DocWayneDtG.

Doc Wayne Youth Give Back this Thanksgiving

4 Dec

Youth participating in Doc Wayne’s Global Life Empowerment (GLE) program (http://docwayne.org/what-we-do/GLE), funded by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, made a positive difference in their community this Thanksgiving.

Cards, crafts, and baked goods were delivered to Marian Manor Nursing Home, Longwood Public Safety, and the Boston Police Department’s C-6 District.  

Youth at South Boston’s Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center (TLC) planned and organized the project with guidance from Jose Sotz (TLC – Program & Technology Coordinator) and Tyler Germond (Doc Wayne Intern & Endicott College Student).

Teens from Calvary Chapel Chelmsford donated homemade baked goods to assist Doc Wayne youth in their efforts.

Tyler Germond & Jose Sotz

Tyler Germond & Jose Sotz

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 www.docwayne.org or contact us at info@docwayne.org.

Giving Common Challenge October 10th and 11th

5 Oct

Doc Wayne is pleased to announce we will be participating in the Giving Common Challenge, a statewide online fundraising effort on October 10th and 11th including more than 500 nonprofits from across Massachusetts. Beginning at 8 a.m. on October 10th, Doc Wayne and others will be highlighting our work and encouraging donations through our profile on Giving Common, an initiative of the Boston Foundation. Donors can give money to organizations through the Giving Common portal.

You can visit Doc Wayne’s profile at http://www.givingcommon.org. A direct link will be available on October 10th.

You can also help by:

  • Spreading the word.
  • Posting on your Facebook wall.
  • Tweeting  about @DocWayneDtG and #givingcommon
  • Watching our progress on the Giving Common website (http://www.givingcommon.org)

Doc Wayne seeks to offer an innovative group therapy experience delivered through the medium of team sports stressing positive youth development.

For more information on Doc Wayne please email info@docwayne.org or visit www.docwayne.org

Doc Wayne BiddingForGood Auction Now Open!

4 Sep

The Doc Wayne Athletic League, Inc. Auction To Support Our Efforts In The Upcoming Rodman Ride For Kids Is Officially Open

Place your bid by clicking here: http://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/Browse.action?auctionId=170947547&ctemail=dcohen%40docwayne.org&ctmid=158286594#.UEYN_NErMUs.twitter

Whether you’re looking for something unique for yourself, searching for a gift for a special someone, or looking to add a little adventure to your life, you’re sure to find something in our auction. Every bid helps support our cause.

Tell your friends. The success of this online auction depends on spreading the word to as many people as possible. We need your help. Please refer a friend, encourage them to participate, or spread through social media.

Check out some of these great auction items!  Proceeds will support our organization and our upcoming efforts during the Rodman Ride For Kids.

Examples of online auction items include:

Basketball Meet & Greet and Clinic with Kristen Rasmussen

The winner of this auction will be able to invite up to 15 teammates to meet Kristen Rasmussen and participate in a one hour clinic with Kristen and her Simmons College women’s basketball team. The clinic will be held at Simmons College in Boston…

Evening at The Westin Boston Waterfront

AN EVENING IN BOSTON Complimentary one night stay for two in a traditional guest room and breakfast for two at Sauciety Restaurant. GATEWAY TO BOSTON Our location in Boston’s artfully revitalized waterfront district…

Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Tickets for September 25, 2012

4 right field roof deck seats for the September 25th Red Sox game at Fenway Park against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Thierry Henry Autographed Puma King SL Soccer Cleat

Thierry Henry autographed cleat provided by Puma. Henry, a former French National Team star, currently is a striker for New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer. Playing for Arsenal is where he made his name as a world-class footballer.

Help Doc Wayne (www.docwayne.orgdo the good by providing  youth an innovative group therapy experience delivered through the medium of team sports stressing positive youth development.

Our list of participants include young people who are:

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

To contact Doc Wayne please email info@docwayne.org

Boys Summer Olympics Week #5 in Photos

16 Aug

Girls Summer Olympics Week #5 in Photos

14 Aug