Tome Barros, Director of Training for Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport, has joined the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester (BGCD).
Barros grew up in Dorchester and learned to play basketball at BGCD. Before coming to Northeastern University, Barros served as director of the “Train the Trainer” program for NBA China, providing curriculum, skill development training and high-quality coaching to more than 2,000 coaches. He also served as the Basketball Operations Coordinator for the National Basketball Association in Madrid, Spain, where he collaborated with basketball federations and key stakeholders to grow the game of basketball across Europe and the Middle East.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester gave me a true foundation for success and instilled in me many of the character and leadership skills that I carry with me today,” Barros said. “I was guided by staff members at the Club who truly cared about my well-being and safety and who are still at the Club today. I am honored and humbled to now come full circle and be asked to serve on the Board. I look forward to being able to help provide some of the same opportunities that I was given.”
In 2010, Barros became the first-ever recipient of the Shooting Touch Fellowship Program, where he helped build and refurbish basketball courts in Brazil, Cape Verde, and Senegal.
Barros was a member of BGCD during the 2000s and had an active leadership role in the Club’s Keystone Club, which provides academic, career preparation and community service opportunities for teens. In 2004, Barros was honored as the Club’s Youth of the Year. He is a graduate of Boston College High School and Hampton University.
“It is a pleasure to have Tome join our Board of Directors at BGCD,” said Bob Scannell, President & CEO of BGCD. “At a very early age Tome showed all of us at the Club that he is a leader. Throughout the years Tome has continued to serve the Club and the community. We are honored to have him join us.”
Mike Joyce, Senior Vice President of Operations at BGCD, mentored Barros when Barros was a member of the Club.
“I am thrilled to see Tome join our Board of Directors,” Joyce said. “He was an outstanding leader during his time as a member and I know he will bring that same dedication and enthusiasm to his new role as a Board Member.”
Barros is currently a member of the Club’s Dorchester Field House Advisory Committee, a group of about 15 people from diverse backgrounds from across the city who are helping to design and create programming for the proposed facility.