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  • WVOX-AM “Wartburg Cares” Radio Show Features Backyard Sports Cares

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    WVOX radio interview with DAnny Bernstein

    On September 20, 2017, Backyard Sports was given the incredible opportunity to co-host a local radio show through WVOX and Wartburg Cares Radio. Produced by Angela Ciminello, Vice President of Development and Marketing at the Wartburg Adult Care Community in Mount Vernon, Backyard Sports Cares Executive Director, Danny Bernstein and Dillon Faulkner, were able to share their thoughts on what makes Backyard Sports so special for the WVOX listeners Wednesday morning.

    Backyard Sports’ Fall Plus programming and Prep Basketball League at SUNY Purchase were featured topics, as well as some of Backyard Sports’ most rewarding and exciting ongoing community programs, such as early morning soccer at the Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle and Birthday parties at the Coachman Family Center in White Plains. Backyard Sports continues to find new ways to reach children and serve communities in need of quality sports programming and play.

    On Saturday, September 23rd, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Backyard Sports will provide recreational programming for the Wartburg Fall Festival on the beautiful Wartburg Historic Campus at One Wartburg Place, Mount Vernon, NY. Come visit us at the Backyard Sports tent for mini-soccer games, corn hole, relay races, obstacle courses and a GaGa pit provided by Scott Blumberg and Talon Athletics. Festival admission is free of charge and includes a Children’s Area, Food Trucks, Live Entertainment, Shopping, and the annual Wartburg Alumni Homecoming.

    For access to the audio file from our radio show appearance, please click here.

    Backyard Sports & Foundations for Life Bring “Bike Day” Giveaway to White Plains Youngsters

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          Once again, Backyard Sports in connection with Foundations for Life presented 25 White Plains youngsters with a brand new bicycle at the organization’s annual “Bike Day” event.  Temple Kol Ami of White Plains provided the facility space. Led by volunteers from Foundations for Life and the Backyard Sports Cares Junior Board, the … Continue reading “Backyard Sports & Foundations for Life Bring “Bike Day” Giveaway to White Plains Youngsters”

    Backyard Sports Cares Honors Rye Country Day School and Mamaroneck High School Teen Volunteers at First Backyard Benefit

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    On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Backyard Sports Cares hosted its first annual Backyard Benefit at the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club. The event raised more than $150,000 in support of sports programs for underserved and special needs kids in Westchester, NY. The gala honored eight teen volunteers from Rye Country Day School and Mamaroneck High School … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Cares Honors Rye Country Day School and Mamaroneck High School Teen Volunteers at First Backyard Benefit”

    The “Amazin'”Mets coach youngsters at Citi Field baseball clinic

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    On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Backyard Sports, in partnership with the New Flex Foundation of White Plains, participated in a baseball clinic at Citi Field sponsored by the NY Mets. Twenty youngsters ages 9-14 years old participated in a series of fundamental drills on the Mets’ playing field with instructors from the organization.  Following the … Continue reading “The “Amazin’”Mets coach youngsters at Citi Field baseball clinic”

    Backyard Sports Cares Leads Art Appreciation Program at Yonkers DaySpring Center

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    Following successful programs with the White Plains Youth Bureau and the Mary Blige Center, Penny Bauersfeld of Scarsdale recently completed a six-week “Learning to Look” art appreciation program with 12 elementary school-aged children from the Day Spring Center in Yonkers. The program includes five weeks of afterschool study of various periods and artists.  Children learn … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Cares Leads Art Appreciation Program at Yonkers DaySpring Center”

    Game, Set and Match! — An Interview with BYSC Tennis Coach Rita

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    By Arden Franklyn Although some believe tennis is an exclusive sport, it’s actually largely recognized around the world as a mainstream activity that can be played by virtually anyone.  I recently caught up with Coach Rita, who leads the Backyard Sports Cares’ afterschool tennis program every Thursday at Ridgeway Elementary. The veteran tennis coach typically … Continue reading “Game, Set and Match! — An Interview with BYSC Tennis Coach Rita”

    BYSC Tennis Program Flourishes at Ridgeway Elementary

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    By Arden Franklyn Every Thursday, for 90-minutes, Rita, BYSC’s Tennis Coach, leads a group of 10 kids from Ridgeway Elementary through various energizing drills that are focused on the fundamentals of tennis. But the drills themselves aren’t the only reason why improvement has been evident among these young players. Before rackets or balls take to … Continue reading “BYSC Tennis Program Flourishes at Ridgeway Elementary”

    BYSC Celebrates February Birthdays with Coachman Family Center Kids

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    Last Sunday, Backyard Sports Cares visited the Coachman Family Center to brighten spirits of homeless children through sports and play. Based in White Plains, the Coachman Center is home to more than a dozen families in need of shelter due to various and unfortunate circumstances. Although the families live at the center in White Plains, the … Continue reading “BYSC Celebrates February Birthdays with Coachman Family Center Kids”

    Just Keep Swimming!

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    By Arden Franklyn Whether your child swims for sport, exercise or fun, nothing quite compares to the feeling of weightlessness and freedom that swimming offers. I recently caught up with Colleen Ferguson, SUNY Purchase Swim Captain and lead coach for Backyard Sports Cares’ afterschool swim program for the Slater Center. Every Tuesday, Coach Colleen instructs … Continue reading “Just Keep Swimming!”

    BYSC Afterschool Swim: A Day in the Pool with Slater Center Youngsters

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    By Arden Franklyn Water + Kids = Fun  — That was the winning formula last Tuesday at Backyard Sports Cares’ weekly afterschool swim program for Thomas H. Slater Center children. Hosted at the SUNY Purchase pool and led by Swim Team Captain, Colleen Ferguson, the program brings the fundamentals of swimming to seven to ten-year-olds with limited … Continue reading “BYSC Afterschool Swim: A Day in the Pool with Slater Center Youngsters”

    Backyard Sports Cares Receives Gannett Foundation Grant

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    BYSC will Use Award to Support the Organization’s Soccer League in 2017 On January 18, 2017, Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) and Linda Breton of BYSC, attended a reception at the Journal News office in White Plains for recipients of grant funding from the Gannett Foundation.  Backyard Sports Cares was one of … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Cares Receives Gannett Foundation Grant”

    Backyard Sports Cares Announces Sponsorship Alliance with PM Pediatrics

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    Pediatric Urgent Care Provider to Help Sponsor Afterschool Recreational Programming at Mt. Vernon Elementary Schools Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality sports programming to young athletes with limited access to community programs, announced today a strategic partnership with PM Pediatrics, one of the nation’s largest providers of specialized … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Cares Announces Sponsorship Alliance with PM Pediatrics”

    Backyard Sports Cares Brings Special Needs Sports Programming to New England

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      This fall, Backyard Sports Cares launched its first soccer program for kids with Special Needs in Weston, CT. In collaboration with the Weston, CT, Parks & Recreation Department, the program has gotten off to a great start with enthusiastic volunteers from Weston High School helping to teach young athletes soccer skills, while having lots … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Cares Brings Special Needs Sports Programming to New England”

    BYSC partners with Tennis Innovators & White Plains Youth Bureau to bring tennis to deserving youngsters

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    Backyard Sports Cares is excited to announce a new partnership with Tennis Innovators of White Plains and the White Plains Youth Bureau, which brings tennis instruction to an enthusiastic group of deserving youngsters. Special thanks to Sandy Hoffman of the USTA who helped BYSC and Tennis Innovators come together on this special project. Cesar Andrade … Continue reading “BYSC partners with Tennis Innovators & White Plains Youth Bureau to bring tennis to deserving youngsters”

    Backyard Sports Plus Teen Basketball League Gets Going!

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    Thanks to our teen coaches and players for a successful start to the Backyard Sports Plus Teen Basketball League.  Coach Vin Minotti led the group in clinical instruction followed by inclusive competitive basketball games for the squad.  We meet Sunday mornings at 10am at the main gym at Purchase College for all interested teen players and … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Plus Teen Basketball League Gets Going!”

    Backyard Sports Brings NewFlex Youths to Brant Lake

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    For the fourth year in a row, Backyard Sports Cares hosted a group of kids from Mt. Vernon’s NewFlex Youth Program at Brant Lake Camp for a weekend of fun camp experiences and activities. It was another fabulous camp experience for the NewFlex Youth Program kids who participated in lots of activities and made new … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Brings NewFlex Youths to Brant Lake”

    BYS Teen Volunteers Teach Golf at Bits and Pieces Day Camp

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    Guest post by BYSC teen volunteer: Max Bunzel Teaching golf to the kids at the White Plains Youth Bureau Bits and Pieces Day Camp has been an amazing experience for Scott Galst and me. We have seen many kids go from zero exposure to golf to playing and improving every week. We taught kindergarten, 1st, … Continue reading “BYS Teen Volunteers Teach Golf at Bits and Pieces Day Camp”

    BYS Named Family Favorite Again by Westchester Family Magazine

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    For a second consecutive year, Westchester Family Magazine names Backyard Sports among the publication’s Top 5 Family Favorites for “Special Needs Recreation Programs.” As part of its annual Family Favorites Awards, Westchester Family Magazine surveys thousands of parents to find out who their (and their children’s) favorite service providers are across 47 categories. “We are … Continue reading “BYS Named Family Favorite Again by Westchester Family Magazine”

    Cheerleaders give performance pointers to Edward Williams Elementary schoolgirls

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    For the past three months, Backyard Sports Cares volunteers and Scarsdale High School Varsity Cheerleaders, Madison Doyle, Ariel Stonberg, Talia Abbe and Isobel Lloyd, have been visiting and working with young girls at Edward Williams Elementary School in Mount Vernon. Last week, the fruits of their labor came to the stage. Edward Williams Elementary students, … Continue reading “Cheerleaders give performance pointers to Edward Williams Elementary schoolgirls”

    A Bounty of Bicycles Give Kids Something to Smile About

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    For the second year in a row, Backyard Sports Cares collaborated with Foundation for Life to give deserving kids one of the most basic staples of childhood, a bicycle. We presented a soccer clinic and distributed bicycles to 20 youngsters from the Coachmen Center in White Plains, NY.  Assisting the efforts were Backyard Sports volunteers, Harrison … Continue reading “A Bounty of Bicycles Give Kids Something to Smile About”

    Backyard Sports/Bits and Pieces Summer Field Day

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    Once again Backyard Sports and the White Plains Youth Bureau collaborated to provide a Summer Field Day for nearly 200 youngsters who are part of the Bureau’s Bits and Pieces Camp.  Activities included soccer, gaga, basketball, project adventure, golf, and a tug of war.  Assisting with the program were Scarsdale high school students, Josh Wasserman, … Continue reading “Backyard Sports/Bits and Pieces Summer Field Day”

    Backyard Sports Cares brings evening lacrosse program to Youth Shelter of Westchester

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    Teenage residents of the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, an alternative to incarceration program located in Mt. Vernon, participated in an early evening lacrosse program led by BYSC volunteers, Dylan Cannell and Daniel Jaffe of Scarsdale. The teen leaders, both students and varsity players at the Masters School, led their teen teammates in a variety … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Cares brings evening lacrosse program to Youth Shelter of Westchester”