BeMore Athletic League – “Be more than just an athlete”

The BeMore Athletic League (BAL) provides quality, safe and positive interscholastic competition for hundreds of middle-grade students in Baltimore City each year. The league provides school leaders (executive directors, principals, athletic directors) the opportunity to provide interscholastic sports at their school at minimal cost and time to their teachers and coaches. Currently, BeMore Athletic League connects 18 schools through soccer, flag football, basketball, track & field, and lacrosse.

Background: Currently, 38% of Baltimore City Middle Schools do not offer consistent after school sports and close to 50% do not offer more than one after school sport option.

After school sports offer many positives for the students in Baltimore City:

  • Fight obesity and related illnesses. 30% of K-8 children in public schools are over-weight and at risk of developing illnesses that will prevent them from living a full healthy life (Whiffen, 2009). Increased physical activity can help students reach and maintain healthy lifestyles.
  • Improve academic performance. Research has shown that physical exercise and involvement on sports teams has a positive effect on children’s ability to do better in school.
  • Boost attendance and reduce truancy. After school sports reduces the rate of absenteeism. Furthermore, students who are involved in fun, safe, after-school programming miss less days and have higher grade point averages than their peers.

The Baltimore Urban Lacrosse League (BULL) was created as a program of the BeMore Athletic League and currently serves five Baltimore City middle schools and nearly 200 male and female athletes. Games and practices take place at Living Classrooms’ athletic fields, including Utz Turf Field at our Park House Community Center, the indoor turf field at UA House at Fayette, and outdoor POWER House Field.

Contact: Chas Ackley

1,002

Baltimore City middle school students provided access to after-school sports through this interscholastic league.

18

Number of partnering middle schools to-date.

566

students participated in outdoor sports clinics held at Park House’s Utz Field in 2020 when the league was suspended due to the pandemic.