PlayRox Camp and Program Testimonials
Nate Freiman, MLB Oakland A's Player & Duke University Career Home Run record holder: Terriers was such an important part of my life growing up. I made tons of friends, learned a lot about baseball, and had so much fun I looked forward to it in April and the summer every year. It wasn't just me either. Going to Terriers, then continuing as a CIT and Coach, became practically a rite of passage for Wellesley baseball players. There's nothing like it in Wellesley so intertwined with youth sports. It's no coincidence that kids go to Terriers year after year. I've worked at a lot of summer camps. The people who ran them did their best to put on a fun camp, but I've never seen anything close to the fun, energetic environment of Terriers!
Stu Porter, Captain, 2011 Wellesley High School Varsity Baseball: Terriers was the highlight of every spring and summer, where I met some of my closest friends, gained a healthy competitive attitude, and just spent the day enjoying the sports I love. Joe Roberts is an expert for getting all kids, no matter what their skill level might be, excited for a day of athletic events, from "the bucket" to giving them baseball cards for making a great play, or just being a great teammate. Kids were constantly motivated to leave it all on the field.
Blake Dowling, 2011 Bay State League Basketball MVP, Wellesley High School Varsity Basketball Captain & WHS Varsity Baseball Shortstop: My favorite memory from Terriers is how at the end of each day, there is one game still going on that everyone in camp is watching. It is exciting for everyone. The kids watching get to root for your friends, and as a player, you feel like you are playing on such a big stage.
Judy-Anne Hereu, Sports Camp & WLL Town Baseball Parent: Both the Terriers Summer camp program and the Summer in town baseball program were AMAZING, from our point of view as parents and directly from all four of my children. All of them claim "this is the best summer ever because of Terriers!" Everything is so well organized and fun yet very instructional for the children. Thanks for a great Summer!
Jim Carr, Sports Camp Parent: I wanted to pass on some very positive comments on your Terriers Summer Sports Camp. Our son had been involved in many camps over the past couple of summers including Ten Acre, Linx, Babson, camps in Maine etc. I wanted to let you know that his clear favorite was Terriers. There was a good balance of fun and skills training. The camp hit all of his favorite things. I look forward to enrolling him again next summer. Thanks!
Hillary Pini, Parent, Sports Camp Parent: Terriers is our kid's favorite activity! Not many places let kids be kids anymore - thank you for that!
Amy and Steve Apapavassi, Sports Camp Parents: Thanks again for a great week at Terriers!!! I love the sense of community your program instills!! It is wonderful that your program creates such positive role models for our children to follow!
Dayna Coakley, WLL Town Baseball Parent: I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that Emmett and Will have enjoyed the Town Baseball Program tremendously. They have already asked if they can play again next summer! From my perspective, I wanted to let you know how impressed I am with the way the program is run. You are so organized, there is no downtime, and, most importantly, all of the counselors are terrific. They are encouraging, supportive and appear to be in complete control of their respective groups. Thanks for a terrific month of baseball...we could not have asked for more!
Jane & Harry Ekblom, Sports Camp Parent: Our son is once again thrilled to come to Terriers! Thank you for the very positive experience our child has had over the last couple of years. At Terriers, he always feels a part of a team and every day seems to be a positive experience and I can't thank you and your staff enough!
Anne & Michael Rosenbloom, Sports Camp Parent: Seth had a fabulous week at Terriers! It was such a positive experience for him. He was so enthused about everything, his team, the counselors, the drills and all the games. We appreciate all the work you put into the program!
Margaret Loofbourrow, April Vacation Parent: Ryan had an awesome time at Terriers camp during April break! He came home happy every day. Thanks!
Lucy Gardiner, WLL Town Baseball Parent: I just wanted to let you know how much Jack has enjoyed the In Town sessions. He does not have time to play baseball full time due to soccer commitments, so this has been perfect, hopefully you will be doing the same next Summer!
Chris Chan, Sports Camp Parent: I want to express my sincerest appreciation for your well run program. My son had an absolute blast. Your positive approach and high enthusiasm keep’s the kids engaged and happy, and builds their confidence. I look forward to having Benjamin in another Terriers program.
Ann Jacoby, April Vacation Parent: My kids had an awesome week at camp! Smiles every day and both felt they improved their game--they always look forward to it! Thanks again!
Katy Wallace, Sports Camp Parent: Thank you again for another great year of Terriers. William absolutely loves it. He would go every day of the Summer if we let him. It is all around a great experience and we think you do a great job.
Jill Allen, Flag Football Parent: Thank you for this wonderful program. The children are enjoying, the kids helping out are terrific. Informal chat with parents attending also finding this is tremendously fun for all. Many, Many Thanks for this terrific program.
Colby Bruno, Dodgeball Parent, Needham: Nick had such a terrific time that 4 of his friends will be joining next session! They are all excited. We are looking forward to signing up again and again! Thanks!
Tim Collard, Terriers Alum & 2nd Generation Parent: I liked Terriers growing up, but my daughter Grace LOVES it - I'm sure she's not alone, very impressive what you've built!!
Jill Murphy, Sports Camp Parent: Coming from two kids who have always dreaded camp - thank you for an amazing week! My boys had the time of their lives and are counting down to when they can do it again. Unbelievable! Thank you!
Karen Steinberg, Flag Football Parent, Needham: My son has truly enjoyed this program. He gets really excited each Monday afternoon in anticipation of playing flag football!! This is also reflected in the fact that he joined this program not knowing anyone since we live in Needham. You guys run wonderful programs for kids!! Thank you!!
Bryanne Tartamella, Baseball Clinic Parent: My son Jack had an absolute BLAST at baseball! Thank you for coordinating this great program!
Neal Glick, Hometown Baseball Parent: My comment is that the program is terrific. I think that the kids get something out of it and they enjoy themselves. They keep moving, which is key. My son is having fun. It's as advertised-- almost like old fashioned pick-up baseball in the park. Thanks.
After School PlayRox Program Testimonials
"Community Investors is a proactive leader supporting the kids and families of Wellesley. They are truly committed to the power of play and wellness of adolescents." Dr. Jamie Chisum, Wellesley High School Principal
"I'm a big supporter of Community Investors and their PowerPlay after-school program at WMS. The students have loved it. They come out laughing, smiling and relaxed, feeling good and having fun!" Wellesley Middle School METCO Coordinator Cynthia Russell
“These guys are truly experts at bringing energy and fun to activities and with rising electronics indulgence, the need for their programs and their vast experience is greater than ever”. Chris Cavallerano, Motivo, Inc. Social Philanthropy
"Our staff raved about PowerPlay! They said it was the best activity ever! PowerPlay has made a big impact right away!” Pam Kaufmann, Hoops & Homework’s Program Director, Framingham
“I am so grateful for the opportunity you gave to my child! He is new to the school and this gave him a chance to PLAY and meet new kids. I love the fact that this was a chance to play sports for ALL kids and not just the “best” athletes. I can not thank you enough!” Wellesley Middle School Parent
“My son absolutely loved it. We were thrilled as it provided exercise, time with friends and time away from video games. We considered it just as important for his all-around growth as his academic studies. We hope the program continues.” Wellesley Middle School Parent
“He looked forward to it every week. He loves football, and to have the chance to play for the pure fun of it without the pressure and stress of playing on one of the town teams was great!” Wellesley Middle School Parent
"My youngest son absolutely loved the after school "pick up" games that you organized - especially the flag football and 3v3 basketball. He has a group of friends who loved to just do sports and they would attend together. The 1 hour time right after school was perfect - enough time to burn energy and socialize w/ friends but they still got home in time to do homework and attend other practices/lessons/etc. My son like that there was enough supervision and coordination to keep the games organized, but not too structured so that if felt like a required lesson. Great job!" Wellesley Middle School Parent
"Teen Center was such a great program! THANK” YOU!!!!! I wish you could make the school dances as fun as the ones you hosted!" Wellesley Middle School Parent
"My son thought the programs were fun. He participated in flag football, dodgeball and basketball. Hope you continue these programs. thanks!" Wellesley Middle School Parent
PlayRox Coach Program Testimonials
Drew Petzing - Cleveland Browns Assistant Coach (Former Terriers Camper, CIT & Coach)
My desire to pursure a career in coaching was strongly influenced by the many memorable weeks I spent at Terriers. I jumped at the opportunity to follow in the steps of the coaches I had looked up to & learned from to give back the great experiences I loved as a kid. Terriers taught me about sportsmanship & the importance of being part of a team. Learning those like skills have proved to be extremely important in my life on and off the field.
Derek Chalmers, Coach
I love coaching. As simple as it sounds, it' the truth. I grew up attending Terriers as a kid. I always loved when my coaches got into the games and hyped the team when I was playing. As a result, as a coach, Iove giving all my energy to the kids and being a part of their experience in the games. Actually, sometimes I find being a coach more fun than beina ca camper because you control the game in a positive way and all the kids have a blast. Coaching is also a lot of hard work. Sometime the kids don't easily cooperate and it can be very frustrating to bring it all together. As odd as it may sound, this has been a great life lesson and challege for me. In life, you will experience this in many ways, but you have to realize you're a team and the goal is to get everyone to work together. In conclusion, being a coach is a great experience and has tought me great leadership and teamwork skills and hopefully the kids are learning from me.
Zach Dines, CIT
Terriers is a really great place. I get to hang out with a bunch of kids and make new friends. Being a CIT helps teach about leadership and how to act around younger children. It helps meet more kids that I would not know and I eventually see them when I umpire their Little League games. I don’t really have a single favorite Terriers moment, but when the game gets down to the wire and there is a walkoff hit or homerun that is pretty fun.
Will Mountzoures, CIT & Coach
My experiences as a CIT and Coach at Terriers taught me and others how to respectably conduct ourselves in a work environment, and represent a program with our attitudes and actions. I will carry this with me into future work experiences and other aspects of my life.
Shiloh White, CIT and Coach
The best part about Terriers, is getting to coach the kids and spend time with them, it’s great to build relationships with some of the campers. Favorite part of being a CIT is winning the buckets.
Terriers means that I can have fun while teaching kids how to play sports and watching them play because it can get very exciting at times. I also have good experiences while playing/watching with these kids. My biggest takeaway is when a kid messes up. Never yell at them because that could cause them to get sad. This lesson will help me in the future when I have kids and I will not get mad when they mess up because people make mistakes and that’s apart of human nature.
Terriers was the best camp as a child. As a CIT it is a little bit different, but it's still a good time with friends. Work hard and you will be rewarded, do nothing and you get nothing. My favorite part of being a CIT is teaching little kids how to play a sport.
It is fun to me being able to help kids out, and teach them new ways to improve their athleticism. Being able to meet new kids, that I can build new relationships with. My favorite moment from terriers was when I saw a kid who missed an easy shot in basketball, and another kid from the opposite team saw that the kid was sad so he cheered him up.
Shelly Griswold, Camper and Coach Parent: I love that Teddy did Terriers when he was younger and now can be a coach to others. Thank you for having a program that fosters older kids mentoring the younger ones.
Pam Buckley, CIT Parent
Just a quick note to let you know that Ben had a great time at Terriers this week and enjoyed being a CIT! You run a great program, and I just wished to say thank you!
Julia Steen, CIT Parent
We just wanted to thank you for another great couple of weeks for Sam & Jack at Terriers. They both had a super time, and Rob and I truly appreciate all that you do for the kids. It is a really wonderful opportunity for them to learn some important life lessons and skills, and have fun in the process.
Marnee Saltalamacchia, CIT Parent
Thanks so much for letting Robbie participate with your great program. He would like to come again next year! We feel fortunate to have had such a great opportunity for our son as a CIT this year.
Paula Ryan, CIT Parent
I don't know what we would do without Terriers! It has made the kid's summers for so many years!
Rick & Hillary Pini, Parent
Andrew has had the best experience being a CIT. He's grown and matured thanks to the opportunity. Terriers is the best!
Dear Community Investors Staff,
I work as a middle school teacher assistant and I'm writing this in support of the Straight Outta School program. A student I work with has benefited greatly from the program, as he is generally unable to participate in typical school sports. He was hospitalized earlier on in the year and was therefore unable to play football for the team. He failed to make the basketball team later on. This program allows him to play sports with kids in his age group who are either closer to his skill level or just more accepting of his disability. The support from the high school students has been amazing as well: the fact that games are refereed by older kids means a lot to middle school students and is a welcome break from being with teachers all day. This program has been a blessing for this one student, but he is just one of many who is benefiting greatly. Any doubts about the advantages this program provides to our students can be quickly dispelled with a visit during one of the weekly events. Programs like this should be supported as much as possible, especially because it doesn't really take that much to give so many kids something to look forward to every week.
~ WW, middle school teaching assistant
Joe & Team,
It is our pleasure to support a great organization that is making a local impact on the youth in our community. Thank you for all you do for the Wellesley youth.
~ Maureen Sullivan, EVP, Chief Mktg & HR Officer, Wellesley Bank
Community Investors Staff,
I just wanted to let you all know that my middle school daughter participated in the Straight Outta School sports Fall soccer program and LOVED IT! She is not the best soccer player in town, but felt she was part of the group,. I promised her I would not say her name, but as a parent of a wonderful daughter who want to take part in sports programs and often feels like she is not good enough...this program was the place for her. She even improved her skills and had a BLAST doing it. Straight Outta Sports programs are simply great fun and at the end of the day, I get to pick up a very happy kid. Keep up the great work you do.
Community Investors Staff,
My son thought the programs were fun. He participated in flag football, dodgeball and basketball.
Hope you continue these programs!
~ Barbara Hirsch
This was such a great program! I wish the school dances were as fun as the one you hosted.
~Best, Kimberly O'Sullivan
Community Investors Team,
My youngest son absolutely loved the after school "pick-up" games that you organized, especially the flag football and 3v3 basketball. He has a group of friends who loved to just do sports and they would attend together. The 1 hour time right after school was perfect - enough time to burn energy and socialize w/friends but they still got home in time to do homework and/or attend other lessons or practices. My son like that there was enough supervision to keep things organized, but not so structured that it felt like a required lesson. Great job!