EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 30, 2013

Esperanza Academy receives U.S. Soccer Foundation Grant

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — LAWRENCE — The U.S. Soccer Foundation has awarded a $12,500 grant to Esperanza Academy to support Esperanza’s new competitive and intramural soccer teams. The award will help fund the teams’ equipment, uniforms, and transportation.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the major charitable arm of soccer in the United States, announced that it has awarded 48 grants totaling more than $2.4 million to non-profit organizations serving youth in underserved areas across 21 states and the District of Columbia.

The Foundation strives to assist and grow the sport of soccer, as well as improve the well-being of children in under-resourced communities, by awarding grants to support all aspects of the game.

“We are thrilled to receive the support and endorsement of the U.S. Soccer Foundation,” said Esperanza Academy’s Head of School Christopher H. Wilson. “Like the U.S. Soccer Foundation, we believe that playing soccer, and other sports, encourages children to lead healthier lifestyles and teaches them important life skills such as working collaboratively, setting goals, sportsmanship, and dealing with pressure.”

“The U.S. Soccer Foundation believes that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy the game of soccer in an environment that is safe and promotes positive development,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, president and CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

This academic year, Esperanza Academy launched its first competitive and intramural athletic program.

Esperanza Academy is an independent, tuition-free middle school for girls of modest means from Lawrence.

BoomerVenture activities

ANDOVER — Feb. 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. Please join discussion on the future of Andover’s 50-plus BoomerVenture program. Share coffee and dessert and then afterward view the controversial, award-winning documentary “Wei Wei: Never Sorry.” Please RSVP to let us know you will join us or give us feedback at kpaynetaylor@andoverma.gov.

Registration begins February 11 for next series of classes.

BOOMER ENERGIZE WITH EXERCISE: Mondays, Feb. 25 to May 13 at 3:30 p.m. $60. OR Thursdays, February 28 to May 16 at 6 p.m. $65. Great aerobic workout without going to the gym. Weight training, stretching and brief meditation included.

BOOMER ZUMBA INTERVALS: Thursdays, Feb. 28 to May 16 at 3:30 p.m. $65. Combine Weight training and Cardio fitness as you dance to Afro-Caribbean music and Latin beats, with flamenco, belly dance, rock and hip hop.

SERENITY YOGA: Thursdays, Feb. 28 to May 16 at 7:30 p.m. $65. A practice of gentle flowing postures that warm and open the body while quieting the mind. A soothing practice for anyone looking to slow things down. No previous yoga experience required. Each class will conclude with meditation. Welcome new instructor: Sheila Wescott.

BOOMERBRIDGE: Bridge Beyond the Basics: Stayman, Transfers and Big Hands. Feb. 25 to May 13 from 10 to noon. 9 classes for $150.

Call for information at 978-623-8321 or visit us at www.boomerventure.com. BoomerVenture Campus located at 30 Whittier Ct., Andover, MA. School Administration Bldg. Ground floor.

Nine students chosen for music festival

NORTH ANDOVER — Nine North Andover students auditioned this weekend and were selected for the Northeast Junior District Festival of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association.

They are: Aralee Bogar, voice; Kunal Gala, percussion; Terry Hearst, percussion; Mark Klose, trumpet; Saurabh Kumar, clarinet; Samuel He, trumpet; Sydney Seo, clarinet; Kensey Shida, trumpet; and Frank Zhou, baritone saxophone.