about us

About Us

Pasta Guys is a neighborhood project started in 2012 by a group of South End parents who believe that basketball can be a tool to build community and character. We run our Sunday morning clinics for children from 3-10 years old with the focus on teamwork, enthusiasm, hard-work, basic hoop fundamentals, and most importantly, the joy of the “crab” defensive stance.

We’re an open program and all are welcome. Just show up at the gym on a Sunday morning during the season.

And we are grateful for your support in continuing to make Pasta Guys a force for good in our community. So, we collect any and all donations in exchange for a season of hoops. Every penny goes directly to scholarships for students at Cathedral High School, a philanthropy-based school for inner-city boys and girls. With a 100% graduation rate for the last 14 years, 60% of Cathedral students come from single parent homes and 88% qualify for free-and-reduced lunch (i.e. below $37,000 / year for a household of 3). Last year, we raised over $10,000. In 2019-20, we want to help more kids. Our ambitious goal for this season is to reach $20,000 and provide scholarships for 2 students. We hope you’ll help make it possible.

To donate, make checks payable to Cathedral High School and give them to Melanie Olinto any time during the season.

For more info, please email Melanie or Jon Olinto – Melanie.olinto@compass.com or jonolinto@gmail.com

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