Pirates, MBK617 Form Community Partnership

By: Oliver Nissi
Pirates Insider
March 22, 2021

WORCESTER, MA. — The Massachusetts Pirates have recently formed a partnership with My Brother’s Keeper- 617, a youth group based out of Dorchester, MA. As part of the pact, members of MBK617 will be attending a Pirates home game this season as a group outing.

Tony Galvao, the Director of MBK617, spoke with masspiratesfootball.com and believes the Pirates can provide a helping hand in assisting kids and teenagers to grow in the Boston area.

“We at My Brother’s Keeper- 617 are glad to form a community partnership with the Massachusetts Pirates of the Indoor Football League. We believe that this joint venture will be beneficial for the young people of Roxbury and Dorchester. With the Massachusetts Pirates’ help, we will continue to help young people understand the community’s purpose, provide them with the necessary skills to become successful, and empower them to reach their full potential. Together we will inspire the young people, help them explore other avenues that will help with growth and trauma. As I always say, you don’t build a community. You inspire people, and then people build the community.”

Young boys of MBK617 enjoying a day outing.

MBK617 mentors young men and boys ages four and above. The organization’s mission is to create a community network group for the youth and build community relations and explore other environments. MBK617 plans to introduce its ‘Brick to Brick’ program, which will allow the youth to focus on areas where they are more interested in and advance in that area and learn more life lessons with areas that schools lack to teach. The program will also be available to young girls in the community of the same age group.

The organization was founded in 2014 and has helped over 100 kids and organized more than 60 youth trips. It has also helped foster friendships between young boys from different neighborhoods. Galvao and other mentors envision MBK617 to serve as a social enterprise to create more initiatives and programs including financial literacy, resume building, and college applications. Above all, their goal is for the organization to be a safe place for kids to learn life skills.

Pirates Director of Marketing & Community Outreach Adrian Figueroa sees the partnership as a win for both organizations and is excited for members of MBK617 to see the successes of professional athletes this year.

“I’m very proud to have been able to assist in the setup of this partnership between the two organizations. As a Dorchester native myself, I went through the same life situations as many of the youth in the MBK617 program and realized the disconnect there tends to be between the inner-city and professional sports. The Pirates organization will be a perfect bridge, to help these kids learn other ways to maximize their inner potentials and stay out of trouble while surrounding themselves with a professional football atmosphere.”

For more information on My Brother’s Keeper 617 visit their website (mbk617.org) and follow them on Instagram (@mybrotherskeeper617).

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