The Boston-based youth mental health organization welcomes funding to support
growth of its sport-based therapy programs
BOSTON (December 18, 2023) – Doc Wayne Youth Services (“Doc Wayne”), a nonprofit innovator and provider of sport-based mental health therapy for youth, announced today that it has received $25,000 from The CVS Health® Foundation Hometown Fund. The grant is part of the Fund’s $2 million investment in nonprofits across Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island to help bolster their work toward improving health outcomes and creating a healthier, more equitable future for all.
Doc Wayne, a leader in sport-based therapy, offers a number of youth mental health programs including Chalk Talk® (Group Therapy), Therapeutic Recess, and individual therapy. Their external training program, The Champions Network®, partners with a range of organizations, clinicians, sports coaches, and other youth development professionals and explains how to include trauma-informed, sport-based, mental health support in their work with young people.
“As the demand for Doc Wayne’s youth mental health programs continues to grow, so does the need for training coaches, clinicians, and youth development professionals,” said Doc Wayne CEO David Cohen. “The generous grant comes at a very critical time given the tragedies happening around the world. It will be impactful in getting more people trained and enabling access to our programs for more young people.”
The CVS Health Foundation concentrated its investments in organizations working to increase access to health care services for underinsured or uninsured populations and improving health outcomes for individuals with chronic diseases – with a heightened focus on heart disease and mental health. It also awarded grants to organizations addressing health-related social needs, including affordable housing, workforce training and food insecurity initiatives.
“When people have access to consistent health care and are equipped with the supporting services like affordable housing and healthy food, they are better positioned to improve their health,” said Sheryl Burke, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility and chief sustainability officer, CVS Health. “Our Hometown Fund grantees selected this year serve as examples of the ongoing work that is the focus of our philanthropic programs.”
The CVS Health Foundation Hometown Fund was created in 2022 to support CVS Health’s neighbors and local communities who are working toward improving health outcomes locally. For more information about the Hometown Fund, click here.
Doc Wayne is an innovator and provider of sport-based mental health therapy for youth. We provide services, tools and training that address emotional, behavioral, traumatic, racial, gender, and cultural-based barriers by providing equitable access to better mental health for all. Our clinician-led curricula puts sport into practice; programs are held in a gym or on a field at schools, community centers and in clinical settings. The approach fosters openness and trust that enables healing, the development of life skills and learning teamwork, with the benefits of physical activity. Strengthening the social-emotional skills in young learners helps to build healthier, more resilient global communities. Doc Wayne, headquartered in Boston with an office in Allston, MA, also has a growing team worldwide.