(BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – September 23, 2020) – Total Package Hockey (TPH) has announced the addition of Nelson Sharfman as the Director of Academics for its Boston division. Sharfman brings with him many years of experience in education, engineering and business.
Sharfman’s credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Material Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College. He has worked in engineering consulting, product development and engineering/manufacturing management. 15 years ago, Sharfman became interested in the development of people. He then pursued a career that allowed him to do that as Sharfman is certified to teach science and mathematics in Massachusetts. Tutoring and one-on-one education is what excites him the most as he feels that’s where he can have the biggest impact. That’s one of the main reasons why he’s thrilled to join TPH at the Boston Center of Excellence.
“The Center of Excellence gives an opportunity for a lot of one-on-one instruction,” said Sharfman. “I have a lot of experience in tutoring and have worked with a variety of students from junior high through college. The one-on-one learning that you get supporting kids in their educational endeavors is the most stimulating of all. Having the educational platform from Edmentum as the backbone and core element of the education takes a lot of the burden of teaching off and you can focus on some of the concepts the kids need the most support with. I think some of the powerful learning all occurs when there’s direct engagement with another human being. When you’re working with someone one-on-one, you can find the roadblocks to learning specifically and help the student realize what that roadblock is and help them work through it.”
The TPH Center of Excellence creates an excellent balance for student-athletes to study, train and play. Sharfman believe that balance empowers the student-athlete to succeed.
“This academic model where you pair it up with athletics really empowers the people that participate,” said Sharfman. “It gives them a sense of control that they are actively going after something that is important to them. It makes the academics not being trapped in a building, but a task that has to be accomplished in order for them to succeed. For the kids, they can see it as a means to an end, a task that needs to be accomplished. It’s they have to actively complete in order to get where they want to go.”
Sharfman also has experience working in the education portion of a sports academy as he was previously with the North American Hockey Academy. His previous experience in multiple industries, as well as his dedication to education, makes him a perfect fit for TPH and its Center of Excellence.
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Total Package Hockey is pleased to announce the launch of its thirteenth Center of Excellence in the state of Massachusetts beginning in September of 2020 at the Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley, MA. With support from ESG Associates Inc., TPH will open its first CoE in the Massachusetts.
TPH Boston’s Center of Excellence will be a one-stop academy for student-athletes looking to maximize their development on the ice, in the weight room and, most importantly, in the classroom. TPH’s commitment to providing an educational experience that prepares student-athletes for any university setting is what we believe families in not only Massachusetts, but throughout New England, will most appreciate as we enter the “new normal”.
TPH Boston’s Center of Excellence platform is designed to meet the demands of the aspiring, elite student-athlete who desires structure, discipline and accountability but requires the flexibility to pursue athletic and career goals without the fear of missing school. The “blended learning environment” includes academics on-demand with 24/7, fully accessible NCAA courseware and full-time instructors who are dedicated to each and every enrollee. Courses are available in real time as well as on-demand, with accessible instructors who hold virtual office hours. Centers of Excellence attendees also have access to a virtual tutoring service in the event academic assistance is needed outside of the standard school hours.
Brian DeVellis, President of ESG Associates Inc. and the founder/manager of the Boston Sports Institute, negotiated the deal on behalf of BSI on August 3rd, 2020: “The Boston Sports Institute is thrilled to have TPH Boston join our sports and recreation ecosystem. Having a TPH Center of Excellence, with their long-standing history of educating and training student-athletes, partner with our in-house strength training at Boston Sports Performance Center, Inspirica tutoring center and AXE Hockey Group on ice training, will provide an unparalleled experience for our players. In this uncertain time, parents can be assured that their children will be supported by a year-long, uninterrupted educational environment where they can learn and train for the next stages of their academic and athletic careers.”
Nathan Bowen, TPH CEO, lauded the new partnership. “The Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley is the perfect location to plant our New England roots. Having one facility that already provides training and tutoring for National and Olympic figure skaters, along with top tier girls’ programs such as the North American Hockey Academy, is ready-made for our launch during these unprecedented times. Prospective TPH Boston families will appreciate that throughout the COVID-19 crisis, current TPH student-athletes across all existing Centers of Excellence have not skipped a beat academically. The academic outcomes continue to be extremely positive and student-athletes stayed either on pace or moved ahead with their schoolwork. In addition, while we hope to see a full return to normalcy as the school year rolls around, we have prepared both hybrid and completely virtual Center of Excellence options so that regardless of the pandemic, our student-athletes will have every opportunity to study, train and play”.
The Boston Sports Institute, a Steward Family Facility, is a multi-use recreational center located off Route 9 in Wellesley, Massachusetts, that opened its doors in July 2019. The facility features two pools (2012 Olympic trials pool and warm-up pool), two NHL regulation ice surfaces, indoor synthetic turf field, indoor track, and the Boston Sports Performance Center. TPH Boston will have access to these ancillary features as well as a secured workspace located on the second floor of the facility, which provides the perfect environment for our CoE student-athletes to utilize off-ice time for their homework and tutoring needs. The 2,400-square-foot workspace consists of a lounge and numerous desks, tables, and chairs as well as access to computers, internet, and Wi-Fi. In addition, private cubicles are located in the back of the workspace for undisturbed studying options.
The Boston Sports Performance Center, the premier sports performance, sports physical therapy, and sports medicine center serving the greater Boston and MetroWest communities, is conveniently located on the second floor within the Boston Sports Institute. The center provides patient- and client-centered care to individuals and athletes of all ages. Helping these individuals reach their maximum potential in the areas of health, wellness and athletic performance is the Boston Sports Performance Center’s ultimate goal.
Led by Joe Van Allen, MSPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, Vice President of Rehabilitation Services for Steward Health Care and former New England Patriots’ Director of Rehabilitation, the Boston Sports Performance Center’s team of elite performance coaches, sports physical therapists, and athletic trainers work alongside sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons. This collaboration provides streamlined coordination of patient care and a high-performance model to the general public.
AXE Sports Group is the parent company of Hockey Night in Boston (HNIB) and the Worcester Railers Junior Hockey Club. HNIB has been at the forefront of running showcase events and news media for high school hockey since 1972. The Railers JHC also runs full-season teams at the Junior Hockey level. AXE strives to offer high school, prep school, junior and future collegiate athletes a full complement of development on and off the ice aimed towards the growth and success of each individual student-athlete while helping families determine the best path for their student-athlete’s success.