The 10th annual AccesSportAmerica Mayor’s Cup Regatta will be Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Charles River.
A total of 33 corporate and philanthropic teams of eight, with at least one individual competing with a disability, will vie in a Hawaiian Outrigger Canoe race that consists of three heats.The event supports AccesSportAmerica, a national non-profit Massachusetts based organization founded in 1995. Some sponsored teams include John Hancock, Debby Belichick/Art of Tile & Stone, Webster Bank, and Berklee College of Music.
AccesSportAmerica works with more than 150 BPS students during the school year, and over 800 BPS students during the summer. In April, AccesSportAmerica also offers BPS students a sports clinic at Harvard Stadium in collaboration with Harvard Athletics and the New England Patriots to build sports skills and commitment.
“We work with children and adults with disabilities,” said AccesSportAmerica Development Associate Pam Rogers. "Our mission is to inspire higher function and fitness for children and adults of all disabilities through high challenge sports and training.”
Apart from the action on the water, there’s also fun to be had on shore. Other activities include a professional face painter and hula hooping for the kids. Local chef Tony Ambrose will also be running a luau.
“There’s also a band playing Hawaiian music. It’s really a fun day,” Rogers said. “Definitely something different than a regular fundraiser.”
Announcing the race this year is former WBZ-TV sportscaster Bob Lobel and former WBZ-TV reporter Mariellen Burns. Last year’s champions, the Harvard football team, will also be competing. The race begins approximately at 9:45 a.m. and will be followed by an award ceremony.
For questions contact Barbara Tellalian at 978-264-0985.
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