Junior Bulldogs The Boston Bulldogs have launched a weekly pilot program at the Italian Home for Children, located in Jamaica Plain. From the Italian Home’s beginnings as an orphanage for Italian-American children whose parents were lost in the influenza epidemic of 1918, to today's mission to help vulnerable children of all races and nationalities who suffer from behavioral and mental health challenges thrive, the Italian Home for Children has been helping children in need for nearly 100 years.
This pilot program is providing kids at a vulnerable age, many of whom have been impacted by addiction, with a positive outlet for stress, a caring community of support from both peers and adults, an introduction to wellness and physical activity as a lifestyle, and an alternative to substance use, the Junior Bulldogs program seeks to address substance abuse before it starts.
In addition, the program combines running’s proven power to relieve anxiety and reduce stress, the feeling of support from both being mentored by coaches and other participants, the empowering experience of mentoring others, and a goal-oriented culture to provide a holistic wellness experience.
William J. Ostiguy High School
Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) in collaboration with the Gavin Foundation and Boston Public Schools opened William J. Ostiguy High School in September 2006. The school integrates a high school academic curriculum with the development of supportive life skills necessary for students in recovery. The Boston Bulldogs proudly partnered with William Ostiguy High School in Boston to pilot a structured running and wellness program for students on a weekly basis in the summer of 2018.
partners & resources
Gavin Foundation The Gavin Foundation is a nonprofit agency providing comprehensive adult, youth and community substance abuse education, prevention and treatment programs. Established in South Boston in 1963, the Gavin Foundation serves over 5,000 individuals each year offering a continuum of care to individuals, support services to their families, and programs to increase community awareness and acceptance regarding addiction and recovery. In the Fall of 2017 the Gavin Foundation partnered with the Boston Bulldogs Running Club to promote wellness in recovery at weekly runs from the Devine Recovery Center in South Boston and through other Boston Bulldogs events and programs.
Devine Recovery Center |70 Devine Way | South Boston MA 02127| 857-496-1384 www.gavinfoundation.org
Beacon Hill Athletic Club Located in the heart of Brookline Village at the intersection of Harvard and Washington streets, this club is the quintessential neighborhood spot. The club features state-of-the-art cardiovascular and weight training equipment and an extensive group exercise schedule including Zumba, Pilates, boxing, several muscle conditioning classes and more. With showers, steam rooms and complimentary towel service, you can easily get your workout in before or after work or during your lunch break. The Club has been a generous and loyal Boston Bulldog supporter and sponsor from the beginning.
279 Washington Street | Brookline, MA 02445 | (617) 277-8600
Bournewood Health Systems Since 1884, dedicated to providing compassionate psychiatric and substance use treatment services. A member of the Brookline community and a leader in the clinical community, Bournewood has been a long-time supporter of the Boston Bulldogs. As a lead sponsor of the annual Run for Recovery as well as an advocate and resource for the Boston Bulldogs wellness programs, Bournewood Health Systems is an important part of the Boston Bulldogs community.
300 South Street | Brookline MA 02467 | 617-469-0300
Marathon Sports The location has served as the home of Marathon Sports Brookline since its doors opened in 1998 and has contributed generously to the Boston Bulldogs since their inception.
Mayor's Office of Recovery Services The Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services supports substance use disorder and addiction recovery strategies in the City, working to give more people access to the support they need. The office also builds key partnerships with City, State, and community partners and is the first municipal recovery office in the United States.
For individuals, friends, or family members seeking support, call 311 or 617-635-4500.
774 Albany Street | Boston, MA 02118
The Phoenix The Phoenix, originally incorporated as Phoenix Multisport, began in Boulder, CO in 2006. By offering experiential activities such as rock climbing, boxing, strength training and yoga, Phoenix helps participants build confidence and find the support they need to live fulfilling lives in recovery. The Boston Chapter launched in July 2015, offering five weekly events at various venues throughout the city.
Phoenix recently celebrated the Grand Opening of a new facility in Newmarket Square. Since re-launching programs in the new building in May 2018, the space has served as a hub of recovery, offering free fitness classes, space to partner with complimentary organizations and a gym open to the public that supports our workforce development program – Per Ignem Fitness.
All Phoenix events are free to anyone with at least 48 hours of continuous sobriety and are led by certified instructors who are peers in recovery.
Road Runners Club of America The Boston Bulldogs Running Club is a 501(c)3 member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). The RRCA is an association of running clubs, training programs, running events, runners and corporate supporters. Growing the sport since 1958, the RRCA is the largest distance running organization in the U.S., with over 2500 member clubs and events representing millions of runners.
Sparking Life Sparking Life Sparking Recovery has a mission of promoting organizations that acknowledge the impact of exercise on the brains of the young, the aging, and particularly those with behavioral challenges such as addiction. Check out the video and visit http://sparkinglife.org to learn more and get involved.