For over 100 years, Massachusetts Maritime Academy has been preparing women and men for exciting and rewarding careers on land and sea. As the nation's finest co-ed maritime college, MMA challenges students to succeed by balancing a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps you will live, study, sail, work and play in an atmosphere that encourages you to be your best.
Even through the hazy, lazy days of summer, the Academy doesn’t sleep. While most cadets are at home enjoying a well deserved rest, the campus on the Canal still hums with activity. As part of its’ good neighbor policy, MMA has supported the Pan-Mass Challenge by providing overnight accommodations to thousands riding the two day route for the past thirty-three years. The Pan-Mass Challenge® (PMC) is a bike-a-thon that raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the country. Proceeds all go to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The Pan-Mass philosophy maintains that those who commit themselves fully to both the fundraising AND biking components of the ride are those who achieve results. Since the Academy operates on very similar principles, it isn’t surprising that some of the participants are also MMA alums. Two of this year’s eager peddlers are Lauren (DeNapoli) Lamm, and her husband Joshua Lamm, both MMA 2013 Marine Transportation graduates. “Both of us have experienced the loss of a parent from Cancer. In 2013 we lost Josh’s mom and in 2017, Lauren’s dad. They were both very proud of our Mass Maritime experiences and loved the school. Pan-Mass Challenge is close to our hearts because it supports Dana Farber where both parents were treated for their illnesses. The fact that Mass Maritime has been a part of PMC since the beginning makes it even more motivating for us. It is the best feeling riding into MMA after 110 miles on day one and spending time on the campus that is so familiar and comfortable for both of us,” reported Lauren Lamm.
Like the Pan-Mass, the Academy is also a huge proponent of giving back, teamwork and volunteering. What goes around, comes around! “MMA has helped us so much in our maritime careers. The alumni network is powerful and so encouraging. Everyone is willing to help, reach out and advise when asked. It is an incredible group to be a part of. The jobs that we have gotten up to this point can be attributed to the reputation of MMA and the skills we learned both in the classrooms and the Regiment,” Lamm continued.