GET READY: Life Fitness Program Receives Donation From BU

Dean ad interim David Chard visited Boston English High School in Jamaica Plain on Thursday, May 30, to meet with school officials and BU student-coaches involved in the high school’s positive youth development program, GET READY: Life Fitness.

BU Today describes GET READY as “a program that coaches Boston public school students not just in fitness, but in life skills as well.” The program focuses on physical and social development of high school students. At GET READY, the students work out and reflect on values like respect, sportsmanship, and self-coaching.

Dean Chard’s visit included an observation of a GET READY session, a followed by a conversation with the BU student coaches, as well as a discussion with English High Principal Caitlin Murphy. His visit coincided with Boston University’s recent donation of of six Kaiser fitness machines to the program’s facilities.

Dr. John McCarthy, a Clinical Associate Professor who teacher in BU Wheelock’s Applied Human Development program, has overseen GET READY  for the past 12 years.

“These machines provide high quality cardio-vascular fitness equipment that supports the work of our program by providing quality opportunity for doing group fitness and create a space for our sport psychology and coaching students to work alongside EHS students and do important rapport building,” says Dr. McCarthy.

“The entire school community and sports teams at Boston English High School have already benefited from this equipment which will get plenty of use during our summer Get Ready: Fitness camp in July and August.”