Jennifer Tepper Named Soccer Without Borders Executive Director
SWB Massachusetts in Action
A program like SWB in Chelsea is great for our kids since there are no programs like these except for the soccer leagues which tend to be pricey and competitive. SWB is fun, engaging, gets our kids active and away from technology. Also it provides a safe and fun way to socialize and increase their confidence. For our kids in our community that might not have the opportunity due to lack of economic resources, these are the programs needed for our kids to grow up with self esteem, mentors met along the way, and to believe in their potential.
-Candida, SWB Parent & Advisory Board Member
About SWB Massachusetts
Through in-school, after-school, weekend, and summer programs, Soccer Without Borders Massachusetts supports newcomer and immigrant youth to overcome barriers to participation in sport, to gain a sense of belonging, and to build social capital. SWB delivers year-round TEAM programs and intentionally-designed leagues across Eastern Massachusetts, as well as summer programs in cities such as Springfield to support specific newcomer populations. SWB actively participates in the Massachusetts sports-based youth development community, partnering to ensure that every youth has a safe environment to play, learn, and grow.
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SWB Massachusetts By the Numbers
Most Recent Year
through all programs
participant countries of origin
(and 6 languages spoken)
of coaches are women
identify as girls
of regular participants graduated from high school
Bruno came to Boston from Mexico City in 2016, arriving with nascent English skills and a wealth of experience building youth development programs for youth through soccer. Joining SWB right away, he quickly became entrenched in the SWB community in Boston. In 2020, he was named Director, and has since overseen the Hub's expansion beyond Boston.
"There is a concept in geography called ‘non-place’ which means transitory places, where social action does not take place. Before immigrants got to this country, many were in transitory non-places such as roads, shelters, deserts, and airports. My goal as Director of Boston is to ensure that the program serves as a clear transition from such non-places to a community that feels like home."
- Bruno Contreras
Spotlight: Refugee Community Camp in Springfield
Together with Jewish Family Services, Soccer Without Borders launched programming in Springfield, Massachusetts in the summer of 2021 in response to a growing need to support refugee youth in the region. After ten years of focus primarily in Greater Boston, SWB is growing its reach across the state.
SWB Massachusetts Partners
Building a more inclusive world requires a shared purpose and a collaborative approach. Our partners and supporters enable us to provide programming to youth free-of-cost, while also providing complementary services to youth and families when their needs fall outside of our scope.
Anna B. Stearns Charitable Foundation
Bethany Christian Services
Boston Parks and Recreation Department
Dircks Family Foundation
East Boston Ecumenical Council
East Boston Family Engagement Network
East Boston Neighborhood Health
Center/Let's Get Movin'
East Boston Social Center
Everett Youth Soccer Club
Excel Academy Charter School
Falmouth Road Race Charity Program
Kids in Need of Legal Defense
Nesworthy Charitable Trust
New Balance Foundation
Procter & Gamble
Roy A. Hunt Foundation
Salvadorian Consulate in East Boston
Stop and Shop
The Donald McKay School
Veronica Robles Cultural Center
Wellington Management Foundation
Women's Sports Foundation