Kick It for a Cause, Inc. is a charity kickball tournament turned nonprofit organization located in Woburn, Massachusetts. Our mission is to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention through intramural kickball tournaments, scholarships, educational programs, and legislative action.
Noah Dhaliwal is a current Boston College sophomore, a member of the class of 2024. He has been a 4-year track athlete at Woburn Memorial High School alongside 3 seasons of football. Noah is an officer of his school’s chapter of DECA, placing 6th in 2018 and 2nd in 2019 at the District 4 competition, and qualifying for the States competition both years. He has been active in volunteer work all his life, helping out with political campaigns when he was young by holding signs, serving food to participants at cancer walks, to being a staff member at several different ProCamps events. The idea to create an event like Kick It, came from a long-lasting desire to give back to his community and inspiration from the story of his co-founder Sam Gerry.
Sam Gerry is a current sophomore at Bates College. In addition to his work at Kick It, Sam works as an undergraduate research assistant at the Hamilton Lab (Rutgers University) studying the impact of sleep and social media use on adolescent suicide. Sam is also the present Council Lead of the Unsinkable Youth North America council, a member of the National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide's advisory board, a Telosity youth ambassador, and formerly served two terms on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline youth blog council. While at Woburn High, Sam was the president of National Honor Society and the captain of the varsity golf team.
Em Correia – Event Photographer
Emily is a freelance photographer and journalist based in Woburn, MA. Emily was a 4-year volleyball athlete at Woburn High, and the first sole Editor-in-Chief of the school's publication, The Bull’s Eye. She is now writing for scramble! magazine as the head Lifestyle Editor and horoscope writer. Emily has publicly spoken out about sexual harassment and assault awareness especially in the LGBTQ+ community and hopes to tell her own story and others’ through her advocacy and acts through Kick It.
Katia Barker – Fundraising Director
Katia Barker is studying Economics at Boston College with minors in Finance and Accounting. She grew up in Westchester, NY. Katia has spent the past few years fundraising for a clean water charity and is excited to apply her experience to such an important cause.
Ari Capozzi – Project Manager
Ariana Capozzi is currently a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is on the Dean’s list at the Isenberg School of Management. Ari serves as a peer mentor and active member of the Marketing Committee for the Isenberg Women in Business club. She is also a part of Protect Our Breasts, an organization that educates others of harmful toxins in everyday products. Her interest in volunteer work began in high school where she was a participant of the Spreading Sunshine community service group. She is very excited and honored to be able to help create campaigns and initiatives with the rest of the Kick It Team to raise awareness for this important cause.
Chelsea Chamberlain – Social Media Manager
Chelsea Chamberlain is a freshman at Curry College, majoring in Graphic Design with a minor in Marketing. She is excited to be working with Kick It and helping to end the stigma around mental health. As someone who struggles with anxiety, this is very important to her and she is am so excited to be a part of it!
Thalia Chaves – Community Outreach Director
Thalia Chaves is a sophomore at Boston College majoring in International Studies and minoring in Managing for Social Impact. She joined Kick It because she is a passionate advocate for mental health and hopes to work in non-profits after attending law school.
David DiFrumolo – Graphic Designer
David DiFrumolo is currently a junior at the University of Maine studying computer science. David serves as Secretary for the Theta Chi fraternity organization on campus where he also got his start on graphic design creating T- shirts and marketing material. David has been an active member of his community since he was young volunteering with many organizations in his hometown. He is very excited and thrilled to be part of the Kick It Team and hopes to help the cause.
Jarvis Goosby – Brand Advocate Director
Jarvis Goosby is a current sophomore at Boston College studying Political Science with a minor in Consulting. Jarvis is currently involved in the Real Estate club and is a voting representative for the Boston Intercollegiate Government. From Houston, Texas, Jarvis attended a Jesuit High School which emphasized the formation of the whole person. It is in these formative years of high school that he truly began to realize the pertinence of Mental Health. Jarvis now fulfills the role of Brand Advocate Director and is super excited to work with advocates who also desire to push the Kick it agenda to all of their following.
Meaghan Haughey – Event Coordinator
Meaghan Haughey, of Evanston, Illinois, is currently a sophomore at Boston College in the School of Nursing. During high school she ran cross country and was the editor of her school’s yearbook committee. Meaghan cares deeply about advocating for mental health and works to end stigma preventing others’ from seeking help. In 2019, she won the “Young Heroes Award” through the National Liberty Museum for her contribution of creating a safe space for fellow teens to connect and talk openly. She is very excited to be the Event Coordinator for Kick It and continue to spread awareness!
Mac Alexander – Event Photographer
Mac Alexander graduated from Boston College High School in 2020. While in his senior year he dove into the field of Real Estate Photography starting the business MacDrone Media. Mac wanted to join Kick It not only because of his long time friendship with Noah but also his personal experience with the harmful effects of depression and anxiety.
Kristian Lamarre – Event Videographer
Kristian Lamarre is currently a Sophomore at Boston College. He currently does photography and film for Boston college admissions as well as for the athletics teams on campus. In addition, Kristian do photography for The Heights, the student-run newspaper, as well as the Social Fellows, the photography and film club that runs the social media accounts at Boston College. He has spent the last few years of his life devoted to Christianity, schoolwork, and philanthropy. Kristian loves to do volunteer work for organizations and charities to spread the social good. Additionally, he has participated in extensive volunteer work and traveled on various mission trips in order to gain a broader perspective about diverse groups of people and places. One of the organizations he has had the privilege of participating in for the past three years is called A Shot for Life Challenge (ASFL). A Shot For Life Challenge is a highly competitive basketball fundraising event. The money raised by the ASFL Challenge benefits brain cancer research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Dr. Curry Research Lab. Ultimately, he believes my continued contribution each year helps to bring awareness and financial gains to raising money towards this research, which may one day help find a cure that will save many lives. He has now joined the Kick It team to further extend his involvement in this field and be a part of impacting the lives of others.