Everyone's A Player

Providing Sports Opportunities
for Youth in the Merrimack Valley and Lowell

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About Us

Our Story

A meeting of minds is a powerful phenomenon that can effect change in the most positive of ways.  When the EAP team first began talking about the number of children in our own hometown of North Andover who could not afford to get involved in town sports, we were surprised at how high the numbers actually were. As our discussions evolved, we were also pleased to learn that each of us was thinking independently about ways to help. 

We each have children who are involved in sports and fully appreciate how wonderful each and every opportunity to play on a team has been for their personal and physical growth.  We recognize the need to help those children who aren’t able to take advantage of local sports programs due to financial limitations and help provide access and opportunities to make that a reality. 

Our initial experience and success in North Andover has enabled us to expand our program to communities and towns throughout the Merrimack Valley and Lowell.  We are excited to connect with athletic directors, coaches and educators in nearby communities who can recommend a child for inclusion in the EAP program.

Our commitment does not end with financial support alone. We are looking to do more than simply provide funds for EAP participants; we would like to mentor them through the process of becoming a member of a team and fully integrating with their local sports communities.

Our Players

Michelle Adamic  -  michelle@everyonesaplayer.org

Michelle has worked for various marketing, branding and research organizatoins over the past 25 plus years. After working at some top branding agencies, Michelle landed at W3C (w3.org), the international standards organization for the World Wide Web in research for 7 years. She also served as a girls youth soccer coach for over 5 years and now assists with coaching youth and high school tennis in Lawrence. Six years ago, Michelle co-founded Lawrence Sports Leadership Academy, a first of it's kind, multi-sports leadership camp for Lawrence youth, with partner Beyond Soccer. The academy has grown over the last 5 years, resulting in the formation of Lawrence Sports Leadership Collaborative, which provides programming and resources to support over 15 sports-based organizations in Lawrence, to help them grow their programs and impact more youth within the community. Most recently, Michelle helped to launch Serving Stars, a chapter of the United States Tennis Association's NJTL program, which provides tennis, academic and enrichment programming to underserved communities. Serving Star's will be the first youth organized tennis training and academic program supporting the Lawrence community. Michelle serves on the Board of the organization. 

Michelle is long time athlete. She played soccer at Babson College and basketball in high school along with many other sports in between. She currently competes in a competitive tennis league. "Sports have been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember.
  I was a shy kid growing up and playing sports gave me confidence and a sense of identity. Throughout the years, sports have had an incredible impact on my life and have taught me so many valuable life lessons and the importance of respect, teamwork, integrity, discipline, and commitment. I truly could not imagine what my life would have been like without the experience of playing sports," said Michelle. "Now as a parent, assistant coach and sports program director, it is even more clear to me how sports can forever shape the lives, character and well being of a youth. I am honored to be a part of EAP, and to give back to sports what it gave to me.  We have an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of many young people today. I am excited to be a part it!"

Michelle's favorite sports quote:

“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe” - Gail Devers


Janine Ceraso  -  janine@everyonesaplayer.org

Janine has always had a passion for helping kids.  She graduated from George Mason University with an English degree and thought about teaching, but instead earned her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University.  She took several Juvenile Law classes and worked in Juvenile Court in South Boston for a semester.  After graduating she became an educational advocate for a child living in the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain, and was also trained in an anti-bullying course in the North Andover School District and taught it in a few kindergarten classrooms.

"My two kids are very active in sports, and I want to make that available to all children.  Although I didn't play sports, I danced ballet for 10 years, 3 of them on pointe," said Janine. "When I recently took a ballet class, it all came back to me.  I was stunned - I remembered all of the combinations.  That is what I want - instilling the habit of movement, the pride and self-esteem - to last a lifetime."

Janine's favorite sports quote:

"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I've lost almost 300 games.  26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed.  I've failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan


Nancy Phillips, LICSW  -  nancy@everyonesaplayer.org

Nancy graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College in 1998, where she was lucky enough to discover a passion for working with children and families... and a passion for long distance running.   She met her husband, Dave, during that time, and the 2 began training for the Boston Marathon together.  They lived in an apartment in Brighton for several years, and frequently walked down to Fenway Park for Red Sox games!

Thirteen years and three daughters later, they traded the Red Sox tickets at Fenway for girls youth soccer games in North Andover.  They both love watching their girls play, run, endure and dream while participating in lots of different sports!   Nancy is currently a licensed therapist with a practice on Main Street in Andover.  She specializes in treating children, adolescents and families through many different areas of growth and change in their lives.

"I love my job, I love watching my own kids play sports and find their passions, and I love that we are putting more kids out on the fields to enjoy the gifts that sports can offer!," said Nancy.

Nancy's favorite sports quote:

"If you let me play - I will like myself more, I will have more self-confidence, I will suffer less depression, I will be 60% less likely to get breast cancer, I will be more likely to leave a man who beats me, I will be less likely to get pregnant before I want to, I will learn what it means to be strong - If you let me play sports."  - Nike


Tracy Sportelli  -  tracy@everyonesaplayer.org

Tracy graduated from the University of Delaware with a Communications Degree.  She worked in the publishing industry for ten years in management and sales until she and her husband, Peter, started a family. Later, she pursued a law degree from Suffolk Law School.  While attending law school, she did an internship as a judge's clerk for the juvenile court in Suffolk County. She received her Juris Doctorate in 2007 and continued to work as a child advocate by being part of the pro bono panel for the Children's Law Center in Lynn, MA and participating on various committees for Esperanza Academy in Lawrence, MA.  Along with EAP, Tracy's other focus continues to be raising money for the local Cystic Fibrous Foundation.

"My husband and I are fortunate enough to have two strong, healthy daughters who participate in many sports.  I have witnessed firsthand how involvement in sports have given my daughters that extra measure of self-esteem, confidence and drive and I wanted in some way to be able to provide that same edge to other children," said Tracy. "Every child deserves the opportunity to be active and feel that they are some way a team player. My hope is that EAP can continue to give encouragement to children to participate in a sport and achieve their dreams."

Tracy's favorite sports quote:

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog." -  Archie Griffen, two time Heisman winner.

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