The Boston Business Journal has given Raytheon Company and The New England Patriots the corporate citizenship partners of the year award for their “Science of Sports” program geared towards Boys and Girls Clubs. This program is under Raytheon’s MathMovesU initiative which works to engage students in math and science by combining these subjects with sports, fashion and music. The program ran for six months in which Raytheon employees would meet with mentees bi-weekly to work on sports related science projects.
The program concluded in April with a “Science of Sports” Science Fair. The seven members of the winning team, The “Gearheads”, from the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club were each awarded a $1000 scholarship. Their project looked at how gear ratios affect bike riding.
William H. Swanson, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon said, “The ‘Science of Sports’ is a unique partnership between Raytheon and the Patriots that exemplifies how to instill passion for science and math among middle school students…Through the dedicated efforts of our employee volunteers and the Patriots, members of local Boys & Girls Clubs gained self-confidence through extracurricular achievement that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”
Robert Kraft, Chairman and CEO of the New England Patriots added, “Working with the Boys & Girls Clubs offers an opportunity for Raytheon and the Patriots to reach a diverse group of young students with the message that math and science are important and can be fun…The first year of ‘Science of Sports’ was a tremendous success. We look forward to expanding the program to reach even more young people across the Commonwealth.”