|Red Auerbach Youth Foundation||
DOUBLE DUTCH PROGRAM
Welcome to the Double Dutch League of Massachusetts sponsored by the Center for Sport In Society at Northeastern University and the RAYF. The Double Dutch Program provides the opportunity and framework for area youngsters to be involved in double dutch as an organized sport. Each year, more than 600 children from 30 organizations participated in the Program.
Starting a Double Dutch team is easy. All the necessary support is provided. All you need are kids who want to participate, an adult to coach and practice space.
In 1995, Red directed his Foundation to promote the sport of Double Dutch. Since that time, the Foundation has been conducting demonstrations, coaches, trainings and workshops, and holding tournaments for the Double Dutch athletes throughout Massachusetts. Teams and groups have come to our workshops from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. Our core group has been the City of Boston teams from various schools, community centers, Y’s and Boys and Girls Club.
The Double Dutch Program serves over 600 youth in grades 1 through 12 primarily from Boston schools and community organizations. The program includes at least four tournaments per year at various sites throughout the City of Boston, several workshops at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center, and numerous on-site trainings. We also sponsor a demonstration team to respond to requests from various schools, community centers, and health fairs to demonstrate and promote Double Dutch at events. Annually, the Demo Team introduces Double Dutch to over 800 young people at various community events, town days, libraries and community organizations.
In 2010, the Foundation and Sport in Society partnered with the Boston Public Schools Athletics, PlayBall!, and DreamBig!, to bring a Double Dutch program to middle school students called JumpBoston! The first year we had six schools with about 100 jumpers and the second season, ten schools with 160 jumpers participated practicing for eight weeks culminating in a tournament. The program continues to expand.