Soccer Sundays, this year’s fall Soccer Nights initiative, has been a blast so far. Our focus this year has been one of integration: integrating soccer, fitness, leadership, and character values into every component of the program, focusing more on play than on traditional lessons. We have had up to 45 kids on the field weekly, ranging from 2nd grade to 10th grade, and it’s been a joy to see kids in North Cambridge active and outside, to engage more parents in helping out on the field, and to work with such a vibrant and capable team of volunteer coaches.
VCO is thrilled to be a recipient of one of this year’s Community Impact Grants from the American Heart Association (AHA). We received the grant for “NCFit,” a new year-long initiative to promote and expand health and fitness in North Cambridge among kids and families. We are honored to designate the majority portion of the grant to the Fresh Pond Apartments to fund the design and construction of a brand new playground to be be built in early Spring 2015. We also are pleased by the new partnerships NCFit has ushered in, namely with Cambridge Youth Soccer and the Cambridge Health Alliance. We’re excited about the year ahead: continuing to work with our neighbors to promote and foster a healthy and thriving community. Thanks, AHA!
(Left: Anthony Raines and Claire Lindquist from Fresh Pond Apartments with Kaiti at the AHA awards banquet; Right: Kids play football at Sweet 60, a new weekly program under NCFit.)
Cambridge Mayor David Maher recognized VCO
volunteer Sue Rosenkranz as a Local Food Hero for her VCO program, Cooking Nights. Sue was celebrated at a special ceremony on October 23, 2014, to honor individuals who help promote healthier diets and healthier food access in Cambridge. Cooking Nights is a weekly opportunity for children from North Cambridge to learn how to cook and eat (relatively) healthy foods.
Long-time Cooking Nights volunteer Arianne Graham
had this to say about Sue’s award: “I’m glad the City of
Cambridge finally figured out what VCO and the families at
Fresh Pond Apartments have known for so long: our Sue is a
superhero! She took her love for the kids, a whimsical sense
of fun, and a penchant for logistics to create what we now know as Cooking Nights. Not only do we consistently have a surplus of interested kids but we also now have a growing group of highly engaged volunteers, all thanks to Sue. Even other buildings want to know: ‘Can we get Cooking Nights here, too?’ The kids are learning and trying new and fun foods, and we volunteers are discovering a delicious way to be a good neighbor!”
Congratulations, Sue! You certainly are our Food Hero.
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