Marie Laundry

South Boston Action Center

“Kids now in their 30s and 40s remember my lessons and remember me, often yelling out “Hey coach!” It isn’t just teaching a sport.  It’s teaching sportsmanship, responsibility, and commitment – the things you need in life. I preach teamwork because ‘Together Everyone Accomplishes More!’”

As commissioner of the Gate of Heaven CYO Basketball program for girls, Marie Laundry remains an icon in Southie, as generations of South Boston natives still recognize “coach” for her lessons of teamwork and respect.

Nominated for Community Hero by the board of ABCD’s South Boston Action Center, Marie’s work has benefited the South Boston community by influencing the mental and emotional development of young girls for generations through sports.

From soccer to softball to basketball – Marie has coordinated youth sports for more than 30 years.  She organized high school basketball at the defunct Mount Saint Joseph Academy under the Sisters of Saint Joseph and taught instructional basketball for children ages 12 and under at Gatey.

The grandmother of five continues her work with Catholic Youth Organization Basketball and volunteers at the Walsh Community Center.


Special honoree and community hero portraits by

Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Studios