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Dream Big! Leadership Conference Scores High By Teaming Urban Girls with Successful Women Athlete Role Models

Olympic, professional, collegiate and high school athletes, doctors, professors, athletic directors, business executives and non-profit leaders share their own stories with Boston and Lawrence-area middle school and high school students

Athletes Inspiring Athletes: Annual leadership conference presenters showcase the impact
that participating in sports had on their lives, education and careers


NEWTON, MA, June 12, 2012 – Working just as hard in the classroom as you do on the field, court, track or in the pool is a recipe for success, according to the all-star roster of speakers at this year’s 2nd Annual Dream Big! Leadership Conference.

Presented last week by Dream Big! and hosted at Conte Forum by Boston College Department of Athletics, more than 135 girls from a dozen schools in Greater Boston and Lawrence joined 20 of their teachers and coaches to hear directly from former Olympic, professional, collegiate and high school female athletes about how sports – and the friends and mentors they met through sports – paved the way for tremendous personal and professional success later in life.

Dream Big! Founder & CEO, Linda Driscoll receives the inaugural United Way 2011 Women’s Initiative Live United Award

Mike Durkin, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley presents the inaugural Live United Award to Linda Driscoll, Dream Big! Founder & CEO.

More than 1,000 businesswomen packed the Westin Copley Place on October 19th, 2011 for United Way's 16th Annual Women's Leadership Breakfast. United Way’s signature Women’s Leadership Breakfast event brings together female corporate and community leaders to raise funds, learn about community issues, enjoy nationally-recognized keynote speakers and network with friends and colleagues. Considered a “Who’s Who” of the region’s most powerful women executives. The Women's Leadership Event celebrates the idea that together we can accomplish more for Massachusetts children, youth and families than any individual or organization can alone.

America SCORES - Goals for Life

Mark Moniz

Mark Moniz, Middle School Athletic Coordinator for America SCORES Boston shows off the car load of equipment and soccer shorts he received from Dream Big! for America SCORES elementary and middle school girls soccer leagues made up of 330 girls. 150 of these girls will be participating in the program for the first time. America Scores athletes show of their skills. Thank you America Scores for all you do to get girls involved in sports.

A very special thank you to uniform sponsor Coaches Across Continents for their wonderful donation of soccer uniforms to Dream Big!.

Please join us at the Dream Big! Sports Gala & Auction - November 3, 2012 at Fenway Park

Save The Date

Event: Dream Big! Sports Gala & Auction
When: Saturday, November 3th, 2012
Where: Fenway Park, State Street Pavilion
Time: 6:00 - 10:00pm
What: Reception, Live & Silent Auction, Raffle, Balloon Pop,Fenway Fare (Hotdogs, sausages, chicken and more...) and lots of great fun at the historic Fenway Park.
Tickets: $75 per person.

Corporate/Reserved Table: $1200 (Includes a reserved table for 10, a program listing and sponsor board mention)

Dream Big! Conference Pairs Urban Girls with Accomplished Women Athletes

Inaugural event showcases the importance of sports and physical activity in a girl’s life

Olympic, professional and collegiate athletes, doctors, teachers, lawyers, coaches and non-profit leaders among those sharing insights with Boston-area middle school and high school students

1st Annual Dream Big! Sports Gala & Auction is a Great Success!

Dream Big Board members & CEO:
Chris Carleton, John Gallant, Linda Driscoll, Angela Hucles and Bridget Belgiovine join the Double Dutch Team “The Best from Boston”. Photos left: (L) Attendees enjoying event, (R)Coach Mara Schanfield is joined by her Excel H.S. basketball team members: Marika Thompson, Niyema Boseman and Lashonda Rivera at the Winter Wonderfest.

On January 7th, 2011, the Dream Big! 1st Annual Sports Gala & Launch took place at the Westin Waltham. Over 135 individuals attended the event and joined auctioneer John Terrio in a fun filled evening. The evening’s festivities consisted of a raffle, silent & live auction, dinner and a wonderful Double Dutch demonstration by The Best from Beantown. Welcoming the attendees was: Angela Hucles, President of the Board of Directors, Linda Driscoll, Founder & CEO and Niyema Boseman, Captain of the Excel High School Basketball Team. A very special thank you to the Dream Big! Board of Directors and National Advisory Board Members, our Sponsors, Auction Donors, Volunteers and Attendees who contributed to the success of this wonderful event!

Driscoll Launches Dream Big! in Massachusetts to Help Girls Become Physically Active

Linda DriscollIn an effort to combat the alarming physical and psychological health risks affecting young girls, Linda Driscoll, a non-profit and sports management professional for the past 25 years, launched Dream Big! in Massachusetts in 2010. The goal of Dream Big!, a 501(c)3 charitable organization, is to ensure that all girls, regardless of socio-economic background, have the equipment, athletic footwear, sports attire, program fees, training expenses and supplies that they need to participate in sports and physical activities that contribute to their overall health, fitness, education and well-being.

Dream Big! Supports Boston Public Schools Feeder Program

BPS StaffBPS Athletic Department Staff, (L to R) Wallace Johnson, Kenneth Still and Darlene Knight show off new softball gloves.

Dream Big! donates softball equipment to support the first ever Boston Public Schools Softball Feeder Program for middle school girls. The donation of equipment (gloves, batting T's, bats, softballs, pitching returns etc...) for the girls softball clinic was donated to Boston Public Schools (BPS) Athletic Department. This clinic will serve as the first of many middle school clinics in the development of a feeder program for BPS high school athletics.

Jump Boston!

Coming your way this month Dream Big! will collaborate with several youth sports organizations in the Boston area to pilot a Boston Public Schools Double Dutch league for over 200 middle school girls known as Jump Boston!.
The following nine middle schools in the pilot program will receive funding for coaches, uniforms, and tournament participation: Higginson-Lewis, Irving Middle School, Mildred Ave, O’Bryant, Murphy, Young Achievers, Orchard Gardens, Gavin and Dearborn Middle Schools.