Youth offered crash course in world of sports by UMass, BC High

If your youngster has an interest in sports - but is a bit confused about which activity might be a good fit - an upcoming clinic sponsored by UMass-Boston and Boston College High School presents a unique opportunity.

The September 28th afternoon clinic allows children ages 6-12 to sample up to five different sports over the course of a four-hour event. Participants can pick from instruction in basketball, football, softball-baseball, hockey, fitness training, soccer, volleyball, tennis, golf, lacrosse and track. The Sunday clinic runs from noon to 4 p.m., with a check-in period that starts at 11 a.m.

"We provide all the equipment," says Shawn Renee Polk, UMass-Boston's head women's basketball coach and the lead organizer of the clinic. "Last year was the first year doing it. The student athletes and the coaches from UMass and BC High collaborate.

"The kids just come and enjoy it. They don't have to bring anything. They get a t-shirt and this year we're trying to provide lunches too."

Polk says that 173 kids signed up for last year's clinic and she expects that number to exceed 200 this time around.

"We use the BC High campus because everything is right there and easier to move kids around," says Polk. "All of it outdoors, except for basketball and volleyball."

Anyone who would like more information on the clinic can call Coach Polk at 617-287-7848 or e-mail Or, download the registration form here. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 24.