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Doc Wayne Levels the Playing Field

5 May

After a long year of preparation the big day finally arrived! On April 1, 2016 Doc Wayne hosted our inaugural conference, Leveling the Playing Field. The goal of the conference was for leaders from sports, mental health, and social justice to join together and learn about the work of like-minded individuals and nonprofits, exchange ideas, and explore ways to work together to strengthen the communities we serve.


The conference took place at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge and over one hundred and fifty attendants came out to work together and join the conversation on how we can all become game changers. Massachusetts Attorney General, Maura Healey started the day off as our keynote speaker, with a heartening speech about her belief in the power of sports and her strong support of Doc Wayne’s efforts to assist youth. In her opening speech, the Attorney General emphasized, “I believe in the power of sports to overcome violence, build skills, and bring people together.”

The day then continued on with food, fun, and our photo booth! Two panel discussion sessions were held throughout the day with numerous guest speakers weighing in on topics that included: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, Violence, and Mental Illness through Innovation and Game Changing Innovations.

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The first panel was moderated by WBUR’s Deborah Becker and included representatives from Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services, Boston Public Health Commission, New England Community Services, Inc., and Fallon Community Health Plan. The panelists discussed innovative ways we can break the cycle of poverty, violence, and mental illness.

Doc Wayne’s very own Rebekah Roulier joined the second panel discussion with various other game changing innovators. Fred Mann, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation moderated the panel, while guest speakers discussed ways to positively impact youth and reach the goals of the organizations they represent. The representatives on the panel included: Matt Meyersohn from Sports Partnerships at U.S. Fund for UNICEF, Rebekah Roulier from Doc Wayne Youth Services, Marquis Taylor from Coaching4Change, Nikki Valila from My Life My Choice and the Co-founder of Grassroot Soccer, Ethan Zohn represented his organization. The discussion emphasized what we can achieve even with the barriers in our way.

The goals of the conference, were for the participants to exchange ideas, and explore ways to work together to strengthen the communities they serve. Leveling the Playing Field


Members of Doc Wayne’s team

achieved just that. Doc Wayne’s Executive Director, David Cohen’s dream is to see practitioners, local leaders and philanthropists working together to create a continuum of care for our youth (read more). We could not have been happier with how the day went and we have great appreciation for everyone who was in attendance and helped make this event happen. None of this would have been possible without the hard work and determination of the Doc Wayne team and our event sponsors. We cannot wait until next year’s Leveling the Playing Field conference. #BeAGameChanger2016! 

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



Olympic Day at Doc Wayne

15 Jun

On Friday, June 12th, Doc Wayne and the Joseph M. Tierney Learning Center (South Boston, MA) teamed up to engage local youth in a specially organized Olympic Day Celebration. Olympic Day, celebrated annually in image1June, is a celebration for youth and adults around the world to observe the Olympic values of Fair Play, Perseverance, Respect and Sportsmanship. It is also a day to celebrate the International Olympic Committee’s three Olympic Day pillars: Move, Learn and Discover.

Doc Wayne youth participated in a traditional “torch relay” during the opening ceremony before discussing olympic history. During “the games,” youth participated in both soccer and a home-run derby before closing with snacks and a great discussion about international competition.

One youth shared her dream of being “the next Gabrielle Douglas,” and others shared their interest in becoming Olympians in sports such as basketball, baseball and fencing! Additionally, youth and coaches engaged in a thoughtful discussion over how they would feel competing against athletes from all over the globe, notably; how would they express “good game” to someone who doesn’t speak their language? Youth and coaches also discussed the power of sport and sport’s ability to bring people together.

IMG_1262Finally, the celebration ended with the awarding of Olympic Day Certificates provided by the United States Olympic Committee.

About Doc Wayne:

Doc Wayne (www.docwayne.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that connects with youth through sports, utilizing our sports-based therapeutic curriculum, do the good® (DtG). Our mission is to fuse sport and therapy to heal and strengthen youth.

Our program is inspired by the thought that, “sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else can. ”  –  Nelson Mandela

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

Doc Wayne Youth Support the Troops

12 Jun

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Youth involved with Doc Wayne’s Global Life Empowerment (GLE) program (http://www.docwayne.org/what-we-do/GLE), funded by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, continue to “Fill the Tank” of others. Youth at the Key Program, Inc. delivered words of encouragement, thank you letters and hand-knitted items to members of the military stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base. This is just one in a series of kind acts done by Doc Wayne youth that are truly inspirational. Check out the pictures! To participate in GLE or the other programs offered by Doc Wayne, please visit http://www.docwayne.org or contact us at info@docwayne.org.

Thank you for your service!

Thank you for your service!

Mayor Walsh re-opens South Boston Playground

5 Jun

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South Boston residents gathered on a gorgeous May morning to celebrate the re-opening of Sweeney Playground. Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department hosted the event as part of a series of “Coffee Hours” where local community members have the unique opportunity to speak with Mayor Walsh, one-on-one, about neighborhood needs. Doc Wayne staff were able to chat about their services that are being offered in Metro Boston with members of Mayor Walsh’s team. The feedback received was very positive and encouraging, and opportunities to reach more Boston area youth through Doc Wayne’s Therapeutic Sports Program and Chalk Talk Group Therapy were discussed. Doc Wayne is eager and excited for the opportunity to make a lasting impact in and around Boston. Pictures of the re-opening ceremony and newly constructed playground are below. For more information, please visit http://www.docwayne.org or contact us at info@docwayne.org.


Mayor Walsh's re-opening speech

Mayor Walsh’s re-opening speech

Ribbon cutting with local children!

Ribbon cutting ceremony with local children

Beautiful new basketball court!

Beautiful new basketball court

South Boston Youth Do the Good

20 May

Youth at the Tierney Learning Center at Beacon Communities in South Boston demonstrated that giving back continues after the holiday season. 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, collaborated with the Notre Dame Education Center (NDEC) (http://ndecboston.org) to donate canned goods to families in need. The NDEC is an educational facility that also serves as a counseling and outreach program site. This wonderful act of kindness makes a positive difference in the lives of others and these incredible South Boston youth are an inspiration to do the good! Check out the photo below! For more information, please visit http://www.docwayne.org or email info@docwayne.org.

cropped TLC GLE pic


Executive Director Delivers Powerful Pitch at Root Cause’s Social Innovator Showcase

16 May

Doc Wayne has experienced an exciting few months since being welcomed by Root Cause as a Social Innovator for “Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Mental Health Services.” Doc Wayne’s Executive Director, David S. Cohen, has worked tirelessly to prepare for the Social Innovator Showcase held on May 7th, 2014. With the assistance of the amazing team at Root Cause, David was poised to deliver a pitch he hopes will resonate with over 300 government, business and philanthropic leaders from Greater Boston in attendance. Doc Wayne aims to reach thousands of children and families in need of services and support in the coming years! You can watch David’s pitch that recounts a powerful story of youth transformation below. For more information on Doc Wayne please visit http://www.docwayne.org or contact us at info@docwayne.org.




David Cohen’s pitch at Root Cause Showcase




Doc Wayne staff and board members

Social Innovation Forum

11 Dec

Hello friends of Doc Wayne! It’s our pleasure to inform you about an exciting distinction recently bestowed upon our organization. At a reception held yesterday evening at Microsoft’s New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, Doc Wayne was welcomed into the portfolio of Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum as a 2014 Social Innovator in the category of “Breaking Down Barriers to Effective Mental Health Services”.

Root Cause is an organization dedicated to improving the performance of selected non-profit organizations adjudged to be engaged in truly visionary work in their respective fields. A list of past recipients reads like a who’s who of organizations using outside-the-box models to foster social change and, as an organization which uses the medium of sport to achieve these ends, our selection as mental health service providers validates the therapeutic value of our interventions!

Such support is greatly appreciated and will surely allow our organization to achieve a greater impact with the youth we serve as well as give us the opportunity to expand our reach to more young people in need through the power of sport.

For further information about Root Cause’s Social Innovation Forum, please visit http://www.rootcause.org/social-innovation-forum.

For more information about Doc Wayne please contact us at info@docwayne.org.

Best wishes for the holiday season and here’s to an even brighter 2014!