Fostering The Culture Of Fitness

September Social photo contest with CoachUp

Posted by Will Allen

Sep 10, 2013 1:20:00 PM

We're super excited to have the team from CoachUp joining us at our September Social tonight! CoachUp is is a Boston-based business that connects athletes with private coaches in towns and cities all over the country. They believe that private coaching is the secret to reaching the next level in sports and life. Their mission is very similar to BSA's mission, to foster the culture of fitness.

To help promote CoachUp and tonight's event, we'll be having a photo contest to win a FREE private coaching session through CoachUp, any sport, individual or group. How can you enter? Here are the rules:

To win the gift certificate for a private coaching session through CoachUp, individuals must

  • Meet someone new/from a different sport
  • Take a picture acting out that person's sport with that person in the picture
  • Post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #BSAsocial.


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  • Likes, shares, and retweets will be taken into account in judging.
  • Creativity encouraged.
  • Must be taken during the September Social, at Forum.
  • Photos may be posted after the event, but must be posted by 1:00 PM on Wednesday, September 11th.
  • Judging will take place on Thursday, September 12th.
  • The winning photo will be chosen by Victoria Barnaby (CoachUp), Evan Dana (BSA), Kim Fox (BSA), and Will Allen (BSA). 
  • The winner will be announced (retweeted, shared on the BSA Facebook page) on Friday, September 13th.
  • Will Allen will connect the winner to Victoria from CoachUp, who will give the winner the gift code.
  • The winner will be asked to provide a mailing address so a note with the code AND a CoachUp t-shirt can be sent out.

Any questions? Leave us a comment below!

Good luck!



Topics: Events

Meet Boston Social Athletes' hosts!

Posted by Will Allen

Sep 9, 2013 10:41:43 PM

Boston Social Athletes is a social organization forcused on connecting the different athletic communities, clubs, teams, and individuals. We help form these connections by hosting montly social events at different bars around the city. But who hosts these events? Meet our three hosts focused on helping to make these connections!



Will Allen

When he's not managing the boxes and packing materials at Gentle Giant Moving Company, Will Allen can most often be found around the Charles River. As an active rower, Will spends most mornings training with the Riverside Boat Club, training for races both locally and internationally. He also spent this past summer training for and competing in his first triathlon (Timberman 70.3), doing most of his running around the Charles River. Will is also a member of the #worldsfittestband, Riverside Boat Club's own "The Blades", playing lead guitar. He founded Boston Social Athletes as a way to connect the different athletic communities around Boston, and to create opportunities for people who make fitness and healthy living a way of life. 



Evan Dana

With a love for moving outside, Evan enjoys running, biking, swimming, yoga, and long walks on the beach. (Is he kidding?) Between workouts, you can find him resting up as he slings code together to create the dynamic front-end of a website. He's enjoyed getting around the local clubs: a co-leader of TMIRCE, an active member of November Project, with a little bit of dabbling in Wheelworks Multisport. He is training for Ironman Mont Tremblant next August and is excited and overwhelmed; do you have any tips? If your curiosity is piqued, ask him about cycling the Alpes and the best sunrise climb in MA.



Kim Fox

Kim Fox is the Assistant Director of External Relations at the Chestnut Hill School, where she oversees development, alumni relations, communications and social media. Kim loves the field of development, but her true passion in life is the sport of swimming. A former club, high school and college swimmer Kim decided to take on a new challenge and finally gave the sport of triathlon in 2011. After dabbling in the sport for two years, she decided to make the leap in 2013 and sign up for her first half iron (70.3) distance triathlon. In addition, Kim works with Streamline Events, a triathlon and sports event management company based on Boston’s south shore. Kim works with Streamline’s managing director to oversee and manage their social media presence and help to spread the word about the company and their amazing events.


Come introduce yourself to us at our next event! Let us know how we can help you get connected with the people you're looking for.


Topics: Events

September Social at Forum

Posted by Will Allen

Aug 28, 2013 2:45:00 PM

Next month we'll be hosting our September Social, bringing together athletes from all over Boston, from different sports, different professions, but similar mindsets. We're really excited to be hosting it at Forum on Boylston St. As many of you know, Forum was badly damaged after two bombs went off during the Boston Marathon this past April. After four months of repairs, rennovations, overwhelming outpour of support, it's reopened and is looking better than ever!



When we heard they were reopening in mid-August, the idea of hosting our September Social there was a no brainer! Join us on Tuesday, September 10th hang out with local athletes, and help this great bar and restaurant get back on it's feet!


Topics: Events

Summer weather means ROOF DECKS!

Posted by Will Allen

Aug 25, 2013 6:58:00 PM

Earlier this month, we held our August Social on the roof deck at Market Lounge in Boston. It was by far our largest turnout, bringing in an estimated 70-80 athletes from all over the greater Boston area. It was so interesting to talk to a few triathletes one moment, and the next moment be talking to some CrossFitters. Different sports with common goals: to get fitter, faster, stronger, or simply "better". 


We had a great mix of people who were actively training and competing with others who workout for the enjoyment of it. The common thread I noticed with everyone I spoke with was a focus on trying to make themselves and their community better. We had a couple women from Easter Seals Massachusetts promoting a marathon team to raise money for people with disabilities, a cyclist who is chairing one of the committees for the Head Of The Charles regatta, and a bunch of triathletes offering words of wisdoms to a group of people competing in their first triathlons. 


The athletic community in Boston is such a diverse, smart, motivated, and well-rounded community. By making these connections between the different communities, we not only create opportunities, but we help to improve our athletic community.

Interested in joining us? Come to our September Social at Forum Bar and Restaurant on Tuesday, September 10th!


Topics: Events

Creating a central community for Boston's athletes

Posted by Will Allen

Aug 8, 2013 4:52:17 PM

One of my favorite aspects of being a member of a Boston-area rowing club is the community that exists between all of the members. Whether someone is a recreational rower or a member of the US National Team, everyone is friendly, supports one another, and works towards the benefit of the club. And with Boston having many rowing clubs on the river, there's a community that exists between the clubs. Often I'll be out for a row and see a friend from another club or school out on the river and we'll both yell some greeting at each other. Being a part of such friendly community has led to many friendships, business connections, and has provided me an opportunity to learn a lot about the sport.


Having not been a member a club or team in any other sports, I can only imagine the enviroment is similar. But if there are all of these great athletics communities, clubs, teams, and athletes, if we create an opportunity for all of them to connect, might we only enhance the opportunties for each individual?

Having been a member of the Boston rowing community for 6+ years, I'd gotten to know most people at my club, and many people at other clubs. I found myself interested in meeting athletes from running clubs, or triathlon clubs, or CrossFit boxes, or any other local club. When I searched to find such an organization that connected those communities, I was at a loss. 

Then it occurred to me: I'm sure there are other athletes that would be interested in getting connected to other clubs and people. If I created an opportunity for those people to interact - to make social connections, network for business, share ideas - there would be a ton of value to them. 

Boston Social Athletes hosts social events every month and different bars around the city. It's a relaxed atmosphere for athletes to meet athletes. Curious? Join us next month!


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