By Giuseppe Cincinnato

In 2017, the Massachusetts Pirates brought arena football into Worcester, MA.
However, football is not the only thing this organization has brought into the community. Since
its inception in the National Arena League, the organization has been recognized as having the
“Best Community Relations” and “Best Media Relations” in the league.

The Massachusetts Pirates organization has achieved these honorable recognitions by focusing on what
happens on the field, and what also happens off the field. The organization enjoys participating
in community events such as the Spencer Parade of Lights, Worcester Festival of Lights,
readings at the Belmont Street Community School, and the Girls on the Run 5k, to name a few.

The organization continues to deepen its roots in Worcester as they are focused on becoming a
major part of the local community. They are proud partners with these following organizations:
– Caring Health Center 25th Anniversary Gala
– Friends of Hiller Hockey
–  Relay for Life
–  Southbridge Firefighters Cancer Prevention Committee
–  Worcester Police Department
–  Worcester Public Schools
–  Worcester Public Schools Coats for Kids
Last year on July 22, the Pirates hosted their first annual Youth Football Camp where several youth players around the area joined the
team to learn the basics of the game through drills and then put them in game-like situations.
The Pirates look to host the camp once more this year, but the dates are uncertain due to the
pandemic.

Along with partnerships and sponsorships, the Mass Pirates are known for their PASS Program.
The PASS Program or “Pirates Assistance of Student Success” was developed to help support
the growth of students in and out of the classroom. The organization takes education very
seriously and prides themselves on helping the future of the community any way they possibly
can.

The Program assigns players to work with school administrators to develop a learning plan
involving goals and incentives that align with current learning objectives for students in
participating schools. One of the most coveted incentive are Pirates tickets to a game. In
addition to the incentive programs, the players, coaching staff, and even Pirates Mascot
“Arthur” visit all participating classrooms as guests.