West Hartford native runs Boston-based nonprofit that addresses mental health needs through sports


WEST HARTFORD — Expanding up in West Hartford, David Cohen could usually be uncovered enjoying sports, whether or not that be by means of city leagues or in the streets with his friends.

“I was a pretty active athlete and experienced a ton of accomplishment,” Cohen said. “That was a enthusiasm of mine. Which is what I did. I was out on the road with my friends kicking balls and enjoying hockey…until finally my mother mentioned it was time to get inside of and appear in for evening meal.”

Cohen, who now life in Massachusetts, realizes he hardly ever lacked the equipment to perform sporting activities though he was attending school at Bugbee Elementary School, King Philip Center University, Corridor Substantial School and Avon Aged Farms.

“I always experienced accessibility to what ever I wanted,” Cohen reported. “It bought me thinking. We always experienced a few or 4 uniforms. We had new things almost everywhere. We had plenty. What do we do with all that things?”

It was not right until right after a profession that noticed Cohen work for Sumner Redstone that provided encouraging to open multiplex cinemas in other nations around the world that the West Hartford native located a way to apply sporting activities back into his work existence.

To start with, he began Taking part in It Forward, a nonprofit that functions to get sporting activities tools into the arms of kids who have to have it. The nonprofit has achieved children in about 20 nations.

“The uncomplicated mission was giving athletics devices to underserved kids all around the globe,” Cohen said. “I was utilizing my connections to join the dots of extra products to youngsters in require.”


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