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'No Books No Ball' program recognized by City Council

For over 25 years, No Books No Ball has used academics, basketball, and community engagement to motivate urban youth and empower families, individuals, and communities. Founder Tony Richards Sr. created the No Books No Ball program because he wanted a place for his son to play, learn, and grow in a safe environment.

The program teaches over 600 children ages 6-16 sportsmanship, athletic ability and academics through teamwork, coaching and mentoring provided by volunteer role models. Through the years, student athletes have developed high self-esteem, confidence and a greater appreciation for the importance of athletics and education.

Councilors Campbell and McCarthy recognized and honored Coach Robert Crawford of No Books No Ball for leading The Blazers to the PeeWee Division Championship. Coach Crawford, a Boston resident from Mattapan, grew up in the No Books No Ball program, and as an adult, joined the program as a coach.

Tony Richards Jr., son of Founder Tony Richards Sr. said, “We teach kids athletics, but academics first, which is very important. We have an intentional focus on making sure they’re making good grades in the classroom."

Councilor McCarthy also presented the athletes with a resolution for their victory and successful season.

For more information on No Books No Ball and how you can register a young athlete for the program, visit the No Books No Ball Facebook page.

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