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Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Grant Helps Launch Bilingual Soccer Program for Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School Students

Boston, MA, August 3, 2015 – The Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp., a nonprofit, tax-exempt entity established by attorneys from the law firm of Brown Rudnick LLP, awarded a Community Grant to Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School to support a 10-week bilingual soccer program for children in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.

According to Emily Pryor, Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School teacher and grant applicant, commented, “In our area, there is a shortage of enrichment and recreational programs for children. This 10-week bilingual soccer program will provide a safe and rich environment for children in 1st- and 2nd-grade bilingual classrooms, using soccer as a vehicle for much needed play, character development, and Spanish/English bilingual support. The goal is to extend this program into a year-long recreational bilingual soccer enrichment organization, supporting children from immigrant families who are struggling with poverty and socio-cultural isolation.”

Al Wallis, Executive Director of the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp, said, “Studies show that children who participate in quality recreational school programs are better emotionally adjusted and have better peer relationships. We believe the Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School program will have a positive effect on the academic success and social behavior of the at-risk students.”

Created to support front-line educators who often do not have a voice in funding decisions, the Community Grants subsidize small, concrete projects, which will improve inner-city education within Boston, Hartford, London, Orange County, Providence, New York, or Washington DC within the coming year. The Foundation will generally consider grant applications monthly and award grants in an amount totaling not more than $2000 in any one month. The grant applications and an explanation of the program can be found at

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