BOSTON — As part of the MetroWest YMCA Annual Meeting in Ashland on May 24, the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) were awarded the Community Champion Award. This is an annual MetroWest YMCA recognition of an organization that helps build strong kids, strong families and strong communities by supporting their shared commitment to tackle the ever-changing needs of the community. The B.A.A. was chosen having worked with the YMCA through the Boston Marathon Official Charity program for the last eight years.
Rick MacPherson, President and CEO of MetroWest YMCA said, “We truly value our relationship and respect and appreciate all that you and the B.A.A. do to make Boston and its surrounding communities strong.”
There to collect the award was B.A.A. President and CEO Jack Fleming who said, “The B.A.A. is extremely proud and honored to receive the Community Champion Award. The mission of the B.A.A. is to promote a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. In many ways our work mirrors that of the MetroWest YMCA with the shared focus on youth development, healthy living and giving back to our local communities. We greatly value the partnership and look forward to the continued work we can do together in the years to come.”
Community is at the front and center of many B.A.A. initiatives including the Official Charity Program (which announced earlier this week a record $40 million was raised surrounding the 127th Boston Marathon), the new B.A.A. Grant Program, the Neighborhood Fitness Series presented by Boston Children’s Hospital and the Boston Running Collaborative. Find out more at www.baa.org.
Image, from left to right: Ron Foisy, Former YMCA Board Chair; Nicole Juri, B.A.A. Director of Development; Scott Stover, B.A.A. Chief Marketing Officer; Jack Fleming, B.A.A. President & CEO; and Rick MacPherson, President & CEO of the MetroWest YMCA.
ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (B.A.A.)
Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A. manages the Boston Marathon, and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round programming. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock. Starting in 2024, the Boston Marathon’s presenting partner will be Bank of America. The 128th Boston Marathon is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 15, 2024. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.