A Neighbor to the Community

Photo of Alvie Stoddard and coach Isaiah Thomas
Alvie Stoddard and Wellesley
basketball coach Isaiah Thomas '08

As a neighbor to residents of Wellesley and Needham, Babson participates in a range of local programs and organizations, and offers use of its facilities to community members.

Babson signed on to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC.org), a promise that we will exercise leadership in our community and throughout society by modeling ways to eliminate global warming emissions. Babson College’s Climate Action Plan that will define our approach to achieving Carbon Neutrality in measurable ways during a specified time frame, will be available in early 2011.

We have continued to implement programs on campus to reduce energy consumption in support of Wellesley’s Municipal Light Plant’s goals and to encourage our faculty, students, and staff to support sustainability in numerous ways. We have reduced our carbon footprint by more than 17 percent or more than 3,000 metric tons of carbon each year, and we are implementing additional measures that will reduce our carbon footprint by another 10–12 percent. We have a campus Sustainability Office and are developing programs to raise awareness and encourage actions to support these programs. In addition, we are working closely with the Town of Wellesley to evaluate ways we can work together on this effort.

  • Since 1998, the Webster Center has served as the rain location for Needham and Wellesley graduations. In 2010, both schools enjoyed sunshine for their ceremonies.
  • Babson is a member of the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce and holds a seat on its board of directors each year. Babson sponsors the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce’s annual Local Business Recognition Dinner, donating the use of the Knight Auditorium facilities and related equipment, and donating labor of College employees—the equivalent of $4,000–$5,000. Babson sponsors the chamber’s annual golf tournament. Additionally, the chamber offers the Babson College/Wellesley Bank “Business Series” of breakfast meetings held on campus.
  • In May 2010, Babson hosted the Wellesley Police Department’s 10th Annual 5K Stewart Savage Road Race and Fun Run. Babson provided facilities equipment, space, and employee labor for this event.
  • The College hosts the annual Grace Knight Babson program for Religious Education in Wellesley, attended by 500–600 residents. Organized by the Grace Knight Babson Fund, they make financial contributions to local religious institutions.
  • Babson’s Knight Auditorium was the site for the Hunnewell Elementary PTO’s annual fundraiser in March 2010.

Recreation Opportunities

Community members have the opportunity to participate in recreational sports and participate in athletic competitions through the Boston Sports Club, the Babson Skating Center, and other on-campus athletic facilities.

Babson Summer Camps

The Babson Summer Camps office includes Internal Summer Camps, managing between 15 and 17 camps from June through August; and External Summer Programs. They account for approximately 30 sessions occurring during a seven-week period for local children ages 5–15. Children and adult participants in the External Programs stay on campus for between two and 10 days for overnight conferences or multiday retreats.

Each program on campus, from mid-May through mid-August, is managed by the Summer Programs Office. A portion of the external summer programs is managed directly through organizations on campus. Some examples include the Glavin Office of International Programs, and the Blank Center.

Babson offers a variety of summer sports and traditional day camps for children. Sports camps include soccer, basketball, baseball, ice hockey, field hockey, tennis, lacrosse, and flag football; and Camp on the Hill is a traditional program for children ages 5–10. Also, Babson contracts for professional conferences and academic camps during the summer.

In summer 2010, 15 in-house sports camps were designed, promoted, and implemented with approximately 2,400 participants. Externally, 19 programs were run with more than 2,500 participants.

In addition to camp directors, the Summer Programs Office employs as many as 150 camp counselors. Many of them currently play on teams, or are coaches and teachers in neighboring towns.

Babson was the halfway point start site for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk in September. Babson volunteers included firstyear and returning students, faculty, administration, and staff, giving them the opportunity to honor friends, family, co-workers, and patients facing all forms of cancer.

Babson Skating Center

The Babson Skating Center, owned and managed by Babson College, serves the community in many ways. Needham High School’s hockey team uses the rink for its home games. Wellesley High School uses Babson’s skating rink for its home games, and the girls and boys hockey teams each have their own locker rooms.

Local residents take advantage of public skating on weekday mornings and Sunday afternoons. The skating school enrolled more than 500 students from Wellesley and Needham in 2009–2010.

Many Needham and Wellesley adults are members of groups who rent ice time during evening hours for hockey games. The skating rink serves as the site for parties for a number of schools. In Wellesley, they include: Hardy, Hunnewell, and Sprague schools. Needham schools are Broadmeadow, Elliot, Hillside, and Newman.

The skating rink also donates public skating passes to local schools for their fundraising efforts. Tenacre Country Day School in Wellesley holds a skating program there each winter. The annual August Hockey Clinic enrolled skaters from both Wellesley and Needham. Members of the Wellesley Youth Hockey Association are recognized each winter at a Babson varsity hockey game.

R. Howard Webster Center and the Athletic Fields

Although primary use of the Webster Center facility and Babson athletic fields is for Babson community members, several area groups use the facilities for team practice and play, including: the Wellesley High School swim, field hockey, lacrosse, and track teams; the Needham High School swim and track teams; the Wellesley Swim Association; and the Wellesley Recreation Department.

Babson also is a traditional host of games for the MIAA Division II Girls’ Lacrosse Tournament.

The Babson campus hosts more than 150 intercollegiate competitions throughout the year that are open to the public, either free or for a nominal charge.

Boston Sports Club (BSC)

The Boston Sports Club Wellesley is a premium health club located behind the Babson College campus. BSC offers cardio machines with personal entertainment screens, a 25-yard swimming pool, supervised express workouts, personal training, massage, indoor tennis, basketball courts, summer camp, laser tag, swim lessons, child care for ages 3 months to 10 years, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, spin, and more, including a six-pool outdoor summer complex.

The BSC holds active membership in the Wellesley Chamber of Commerce, and hosts or sponsors a number of fundraising events, including road races and walk-a-thons for charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The current Babson Community Impact Guide contains information from 2009-2010 fiscal year. The new edition of the Guide will be published in Fall 2011.