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Camp Shriver at UMass Boston Awarded $100,000

(Boston, May 12, 2014) – Camp Shriver, a program of the University of Massachusetts Boston originated in collaboration with President John F. Kennedy’s sister Eunice Shriver, has been selected as one of 100 local organizations to receive grants of $100,000 each through the Cummings Foundation’s $100k for 100 program. The UMass Boston program was chosen from more than 430 applicants.

Camp Shriver is a summer sports and crafts program conducted on the university’s campus. It is designed to support physical and intellectual development among low-income students with intellectual disabilities and to build openness to differences among students without such challenges. Well over a hundred students from the economically challenged neighborhoods of Boston participate each year. 

“Camp Shriver is unique in its approach to serving children with disabilities, as well as those without,” said UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley. “We greatly appreciate the Cummings Foundation’s recognition of this great program, and their financial support to keep it doing the good work it does.”

Chancellor J. Keith Motley, PhD, Cummings Foundation Trustee Carol Donovan, and Camp Shriver Director Mark Spolidaro.
“Without the Cummings Foundation, we simply would not have been able to do this,” said Gary Siperstein, founding director of Camp Shriver. “Our kids may not be aware about the source of this grant, but they, and all of us, will be truly enriched because of it.”

Now in its third year, the $100k for 100 program awards $10 million in grants annually to nonprofits that are not only based in but primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is awarding 38 grants in Middlesex County, 25 in Essex County, and 37 in Suffolk County.

The community that will benefit from the greatest number of grants is Roxbury, which is home to nine nonprofits receiving awards. Six grants each will be distributed in Beverly, Lawrence, and Woburn.

Through this “place-based” grants program, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn-based real estate firm leases and manages more than 10 million square feet of commercial space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“The Cummings Foundation is very committed to the local communities where the staff and clients of the Cummings organization live and work,” said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation’s executive director. “We are delighted to support very worthy nonprofits like Camp Shriver that are working tirelessly for the benefit of the people they serve.”

This year’s very diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including underserved populations, education, healthcare, hunger relief, and homelessness prevention. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

Representatives from the recipient organizations will be invited to attend an exclusive Grantee Reception on June 2 at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion of funding in greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. The complete list of 100 grant award winners will be released that evening, and will be posted at

About Camp Shriver
For the past nine years, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed over 700 children, half with and half without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer sports camp.

While recreational programs offered by schools and community agencies may accept children with disabilities, few—if any—are designed to enroll an equal number of children with and without disabilities. That is what makes Camp Shriver at UMass Boston unique. Camp Shriver serves its equal number of children with and without disabilities so that all children can play, learn and interact in meaningful ways with their peers—no matter what their disability status.

Camp Shriver’s mission is to use sports as a vehicle to bring children with and without disabilities together so that they have the opportunity to develop their motor and social skills, create positive peer relationships and make new friends.

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, MA. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it is one of the largest grantmaking foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA. Additional information is available at

About UMass Boston
Recognized for innovative research addressing complex issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only public university, offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 11 colleges and graduate schools serve more than 16,000 students while engaging local, national, and international constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service activities. To learn more about UMass Boston, visit

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