Sports 08-21-2014

ZUMIX to Host 5K Race

East Boston, Mass. – On Sunday, September 21st, ZUMIX, a nonprofit youth organization dedicated to building community through music and the arts, will host their fifth annual 5K race, RUN 2 the BEAT. At 9:00am, runners will take off on Boston’s most scenic, musical, and fun 5K. Starting in Piers Park at 108 Marginal Street with incredible skyline views, the flat and fast race course takes runners through East Boston’s incredible green spaces with live music all along the route.

Participants are invited to run in costume, dressed as their favorite musical icon. Runners may choose to run as a soloist or form a supergroup of four or more people. Prizes will be awarded to the fastest runners and the best costumes. Costume categories include Best Solo Artist, Best Supergroup, and Hardest to Run In. Giveaways and snacks will be available for all.

To register for the race, visit http://zumixrun2thebeat.eventbrite.com/. Registration is $35 for solo adult runners and $30 per person for adult supergroups of 4 people or more. Registration is $15 for youth runners (under 18 years old). Those who register by August 8th will be entered into a raffle to win a $75 gift card to Ecco Restaurant! This year, we will be improving our race timing by using chip timing for all runners to ensure accuracy.

ZUMIX, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through music and the arts, offers award-winning programs in songwriting & performance, instrumental instruction, creative technology, and community radio for youth ages 7-18. Founded in 1991 in response to a wave of youth violence, ZUMIX provides top-quality cultural programming as an alternative way for young people to deal with frustration, anger, and fear, and as a method of building cultural understanding and acceptance in one of Boston’s most diverse neighborhoods. In 2011, ZUMIX was honored with a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award. This award, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama, recognizes ZUMIX as one of the top 12 youth arts and humanities programs in the country. For more information, please visit www.zumix.org.

Members of the media who would like more information should contact Sharon Small, Foundations & Communications Manager, at 617-558-9777 or [email protected]

2014-2015 Winthrop Football Starts Practice

Senior Leadership

Winthrop High School football coach Sean Driscoll greeted 43 players at the first week of practices for the 2014 season. The team is practicing at Ingleside Park with the construction of the new middle/high school.

Seventeen seniors give coach Driscoll an optimistic  outlook. “The players worked extra hard during the offseason and if we stay healthy, we should compete for the NEC title,” said Driscoll.

The Vikings will have their first of four scrimmages this Saturday at 11 a.m. against Beverly on the new practice field located behind Beverly High school on Sohier Road.

The Vikings will scrimmage East Boston Wednesday and play Malden in a jamboree on August 29 at 7 p.m. at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Driscoll is in his eighth season as the Vikings’ head coach. Winthrop finished 5-6 last season after a 13-7 loss to Revere on Thanksgiving.

“The Conference (Danvers, Salem, Lynn Classical, Peabody, Revere, and Winthrop) should be the strongest in many years,” said Driscoll. Danvers was the NEC Small champion last year before losing to Masconomet in the playoffs.

The Vikings’ assistant coaches are Jonathan Cadigan, Michael DeFelice, Arthyur Irzyk, Ale Smith, Bob Guidi, and Eric Mack.

The co-captains are Dylan Driscol, Zach Deeb, Sean Gillis, Tyler Gillis, and Chris Beaudry. There are 17 seniors, nine juniors, eight sophomores, and nine freshmen on the Winthrop roster.

Skimming The Sidelines

Congratulations to athletic director Peter Gobiel for the work in refurbishing the Memorial Gym at the Middle School. The brand new gym floor and weight room will be a boost to the athletic teams.

The football team will travel by bus to the games at Miller Field as its locker room is in the Memorial Gym.

The home opener with Saugus has been rescheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 at 12 p.m. at Miller Field.

The Vikings will scrimmage Ipswich High on Labor Day (Sept 1).

Let The Games Begin!

Trivia Answers

In 1973 Winthrop lost a one-point heartn breaker to Rindge Tech at the Boston Garden. Steve Jenkins, retired superintendent of Winthrop schools, was an assistant coach for Rindge Tech. Steve coached Hall of Fame player Patrick Ewing as a freshman.

Greg Zikos played football at Harvard. Greg was an NEC All-Star cornerback for the Vikings.

Chuck Mullane and Chris Zikos were two ex-Vikings who played basketball at Holy Cross.

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