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  • Program Spotlight: BYSC Basketball League

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    This January marks the third anniversary of Backyard Sports Cares Basketball League. The program engages more than 150 fourth and fifth graders in a weekly team practice and a Saturday morning game, where they have the opportunity to hone their competitive skills and have fun. For many of these athletes, the league has been their first experience participating in a team basketball program.

    All of our league participants attend local elementary schools in White Plains. The program is designed to fill a gap in sports and recreation for local schools, so kids who don’t have access to competitive afterschool athletics can participate and reap the lifelong benefits associated with sports.

    basketball leagueIn addition to our Basketball League, this year’s BYSC Benefit Gala will fund four other vital community sports programs: Youth Shelter of Westchester, Soccer League, PLUS program for Special Needs, and Afterschool. These programs serve young athletes with limited access to sports and afterschool activities.

    Read our wrap up post from last year’s final BYSC Basketball League game.

    Working with special needs children sparks education career for former BYSC volunteer

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    Inspiring stories of growth, compassion, and success from Backyard Sports Cares volunteer alumni   “I knew for a while after working with kids that I wanted to go into education, in general. After taking a special education class, the information and practices we learned felt like an extension of everything I had been doing with … Continue reading “Working with special needs children sparks education career for former BYSC volunteer”

    BYSC Alum Spotlight: Andrew Goldberg tells how volunteering with under-served kids impacted his life

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    Inspiring stories of growth, compassion, and success from Backyard Sports Cares volunteer alumni “It was a very fulfilling and interesting experience. When I look back on it, I wish I could relive some of it.” In this second installment of our series on BYSC former volunteers, we connected with Andrew Goldberg, a graduate of the … Continue reading “BYSC Alum Spotlight: Andrew Goldberg tells how volunteering with under-served kids impacted his life”

    BYSC to Honor Board Members, Michael Moser and Dave Shuster, at 2019 Gala

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    Michael Moser is the former Board President of Backyard Sports Cares and continues to serve as a Board Member.  Michael’s love of sports and working with children has led him to remain active and involved with sports programs throughout every stage of his life. Michael’s passion and personal commitment to BYSC has been integral to carrying … Continue reading “BYSC to Honor Board Members, Michael Moser and Dave Shuster, at 2019 Gala”

    Former BYSC volunteer, Emily Holzberg, finds her experience and compassion add value to career and client, Autism Speaks

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    As parents, we try to instill values, like compassion, leadership, respect, and charity in our children. Volunteerism has traditionally played a role in helping to teach kids that giving to others who are less fortunate is a way to build character, connect diverse communities, and increase awareness of the world outside of their zip code. … Continue reading “Former BYSC volunteer, Emily Holzberg, finds her experience and compassion add value to career and client, Autism Speaks”

    Two groups of deserving kids find fun, fresh air, and friends at BYSC’s 5th annual Adirondack camping experience at Brant Lake Camp

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    This past week, Backyard Sports Cares hosted two separate groups of deserving campers at Brant Lake Camp, a private summer camp in the Adirondacks. BYSC hosted thirty school-aged children from the New Flex Foundation of Mt. Vernon, and seven residents from the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, a rehabilitation program offering teenagers a second chance … Continue reading “Two groups of deserving kids find fun, fresh air, and friends at BYSC’s 5th annual Adirondack camping experience at Brant Lake Camp”

    Learning to play basketball also teaches sharing and teamwork among teens with special needs

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    Consuelo Engel shares her and her son James’ experience as a participant in Backyard Sports Cares PLUS program for teen athletes with special abilities. For more than two years, 18-year-old James has been building his skills on the court while connecting with teammates and volunteer peer mentors. The teen program is an off-shoot of BYSC … Continue reading “Learning to play basketball also teaches sharing and teamwork among teens with special needs”

    Every Kid Deserves a Bike!

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    Backyard Sports Cares celebrates its 5th year of participation in Barnum Foundation for Life‘s annual Bike Day. Dozens of youngsters from the Youth Community Outreach Program (Y-COP) of Mt. Vernon were identified by BYSC to receive a brand new bicycle. For many, it was their first bike. The event took place on Sunday, June 23rd … Continue reading “Every Kid Deserves a Bike!”

    Passing the Baton: Backyard Sports 2019 Inaugural Red Shirt Ceremony

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    Backyard Sports Cares started with just a few caring people and a vision in 2009 and has grown into what is now an integral part of our community. Serving over 200 children with cognitive challenges, Backyard Sports has been able to give those with limited access to sports programming a safe space to play sports, … Continue reading “Passing the Baton: Backyard Sports 2019 Inaugural Red Shirt Ceremony”

    BYSC executive director announces Next Generation Campaign to lead organization into the future

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      LISTEN to our podcast interview with Danny Bernstein, executive director, BYSC When Backyard Sports Cares launched in 2009, we knew we were doing something special. There was a void for many parents in the Westchester Community who were seeking either affordable sports programming for their typical child or programs that were accommodating to their … Continue reading “BYSC executive director announces Next Generation Campaign to lead organization into the future”

    Gannett Grant Fever Simmers as BYSC Earns Finalist Standing for $25K award

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    Categories afterschool programs, inclusive sports, Soccer, basketball, under-served communities

    Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) has earned finalist status to potentially win Gannett Media’s A Community Thrives grant. To qualify as a grant finalist, BYSC had to raise $3,000 via a Crowdrise Campaign. The organization has exceeded that goal by raising more than $4,000 in three weeks — four days in advance of the campaign cutoff. … Continue reading “Gannett Grant Fever Simmers as BYSC Earns Finalist Standing for $25K award”

    Timeout: BYSC brings a social dimension to PLUS Program for special needs athletes

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    In February, Backyard Sports Cares kicked off a new mission to expand socialization opportunities for teens and young adults who take part in the organization’s Sunday PLUS program for special needs athletes.  “Backyard Sports Cares is hoping to create a positive social relationship that goes beyond the court and playing field for children who grew … Continue reading “Timeout: BYSC brings a social dimension to PLUS Program for special needs athletes”

    BYSC Peer Mentor Shares Her Experience Volunteering with Special Needs Athletes

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    Emily Lattman is a senior at Scarsdale High School. When she’s not studying and hanging out with friends, she’s giving back to the community by volunteering her time as a peer mentor for Backyard Sports Cares PLUS program for special needs children. We caught up with Emily after last Sunday’s sports program and she talked … Continue reading “BYSC Peer Mentor Shares Her Experience Volunteering with Special Needs Athletes”