The following is a statement from the Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay sent to SOURCE and other media.
FRAMIINGHAM – In light of recent media coverage we feel it is important to note that Framingham Public Schools (FPS) supports all youth athletic and cultural programs throughout the city.
However, we have no official affiliation or jurisdiction over any youth organizations.
Because some of this week’s media coverage showcased youth sports organizations’ logos that resemble that of Framingham High School Athletics, members of the community thought that Framingham Youth Football & Cheerleading (FYFC) is affiliated with the Framingham Public Schools. While we are involved with youth clinics and try to partner with youth organizations, we have no jurisdiction over the management of their personnel.
Please note that any adult who engages in such reprehensible behavior will be prohibited from coaching for the Framingham Public Schools without exception.
Framingham Public Schools stands united against all acts of racism, bigotry, and hatred. We celebrate and honor the diversity that unites our community. In September of 2019 the Framingham Athletic Department and the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Development began talks to develop mandatory anti-bias training for all student athletes and coaches. This training is aimed at ensuring that inclusive practices and values translate from the classroom to the gymnasiums and fields across Framingham. There are a number of lessons that sports offers us. The most significant one is the amazing things that we can accomplish when we work together.
Celebrating our diversity is an important step that has to be accompanied by educating ourselves on how we work together as a team to create inclusion for all. We recognize the significance of our role as a district in this work and FPS stands ready to continue our pursuit of equity and justice through education.
In the spirit of community, we would encourage any youth-serving athletic organizations in Framingham searching for resources on promoting inclusion to contact our Assistant Superintendent of Equity, Diversity and Community Development at 508-782-6890 or at email@example.com.