“I always wanted to get away from adults screaming at me,” says Vega, who played football at Boston English. “And a lot of these kids don’t need to be yelled at. They may not have a dad around, either. Being a positive role model goes a long way.”
Perhaps a small handful, one in a million, will become pro athletes, he adds. “But you can always coach them up. And what we’re teaching them about isn’t just sports. It’s their future.”
Joseph P. Kahn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.