Playing on a high school sports team provides the type of experience that people deem “character-building,” the kind that teaches us how to make a commitment, how to work as a team and toward a goal, and how to persevere in the face of defeat. Former high school athlete and Boston College graduate Matthew Noon is doing his best to ensure that Massachusetts’ students have access to these life-changing experiences. Noon is a co-founder of “Cleats by Noon,” a non-profit organization that allows athletes grappling with the high cost of sports equipment to continue to play the game they love.
Matthew, along with his brother Christopher, is a cofounder and principle owner of Noon Turf Care, an Internet-based lawn care company run out of Hudson, Mass. After years of successful business, the Noon brothers decided to give back to their community by creating “Cleats by Noon.” Troubled by the rising costs of sports equipment, the Noon brothers founded their organization as a way to donate cleats, shoes, and other athletic gear to student athletes struggling to pay the price of high school athletics.
While high schools statewide continue to cut athletic funding as a way to balance budgets, many students are struggling to afford the equipment necessary to play the sports they love. Matthew and Chris are hoping their program will give needy students the opportunity to participate in varsity athletics, as the Noon brothers did years ago. They recently made their first donation, providing 35 pairs of cleats to the girls and boys lacrosse teams at their alma mater, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. The duo decided to donate to the teams as a whole, rather than singling out players, as to avoid putting needy students in an uncomfortable spotlight.
The brothers have plans to extend their charity services, branching out to serve additional athletics programs across Massachusetts. According to Chris, “This is just the beginning of donations from Cleats by Noon. We plan to continue to donate to local high schools and youth organizations and find a process to get their cleats into the hands of young athletes that truly need help financially so they can focus on what they love, their sports!” The Noon brothers are planning to make another donation in the fall, this time to the Lincoln-Sudbury soccer teams, proving that the Jesuit tradition of men and women for others doesn’t dissolve after graduation.
| Updated: Thursday, March 29, 2012 00:03