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  • 100 kids celebrate victories and teamwork on final Saturday of BYSC White Plains Basketball League

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    Danny Bernstein, executive director of Backyard Sports Cares, welcomes players to the group’s White Plains Basketball League finale jamboree at SUNY Purchase

    Last January, with generous support from Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) partner, Advocate Brokerage of Scarsdale, BYSC kicked off the organization’s first basketball league in White Plains. Approximately 100 fourth and fifth-graders from five local elementary schools participated in the league, which culminated in a jamboree finale on March 23rd, 2018 at SUNY Purchase.

    Participating schools included Post Road School, Mamaroneck Avenue School, Ridgeway School, Church Street School and George Washington School. Each school was represented by a boys and girls team with ten students each. The program is designed to fill a gap in sports and recreation at these schools, so kids who don’t have access to competitive afterschool athletics can participate and reap the lifelong benefits associated with sports play.

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    Team coaches presenting players with “MVP” awards at the jamboree

    Beginning in mid-January, students attended a weekday practice and competed against each other in weekly Saturday games through March 23rd.

    “Based on the success of our Soccer League, we wanted to expand the scope of league play options for White Plains youth,” said Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares. “When we presented the idea to launch a basketball program with our soccer program education partners, the response was a resounding, YES! The new basketball league accomplished exactly what we had hoped. We have made competitive team sports available to youngsters who did not have access to this type of activity and we are teaching them valuable lessons about teamwork, lifelong fitness, and fun.” White Plains Basketball League

     

    white plains basketball league“Our students participated with BYSC as part of the White Plains elementary basketball league and each week players had the opportunity to show off their skills,” said Suzanne Lasser, vice principal, Post Road Elementary. “For the culminating jamboree at SUNY Purchase, students from all five elementary schools were blended together into new team configurations and worked together to pass, block and shoot. It was wonderful to see the students from all five schools partner up and put the skills they have learned and practiced into action. Watching the students come together in this way foreshadows what school will be like for them when they transition to 6th grade where students from all five schools, for the first time, come together to learn and grow both in and out of the classroom setting. We look forward to next year and our second season of basketball!” added Lasser.

    Special thanks to our league sponsor, Advocate Brokerage, for making this program possible.

     

     

     

    #MissionGaGa takes flight at Mt. Vernon Boys & Girls Club

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    As part of Backyard Sports Cares’ Mission: Gaga 2018 initiative, BYSC, in conjunction with host families, will be donating a portable gaga pit to the Boys and Girls Club so they can enjoy the game all year-round. To get the kids formally introduced to gaga action, Backyard Sports Cares hosted a Gaga Day on Thursday, January … Continue reading “#MissionGaGa takes flight at Mt. Vernon Boys & Girls Club”

    Discussing racial diversity: BYSC student leaders, Iona Prep students and White Plains Youth Bureau talk about race relations

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    “This was a great experience and it felt great knowing that I was doing something to help make a change.  I really got a lot out of it, and can’t wait for the next dinner.” — Jake Meyrowitz, BYSC Student Leader On January 22, 2018,  Backyard Sports Cares and the White Plains Youth Bureau initiated … Continue reading “Discussing racial diversity: BYSC student leaders, Iona Prep students and White Plains Youth Bureau talk about race relations”

    Productive Discussion: BYSC brings local at-risk youths together with role models from the Westchester Knicks

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    How do you get at-risk youths in crisis to open up and take some hard-won advice? If you’re Backyard Sports Cares, the answer is pizza…and a few local heroes from the Westchester Knicks! This past week, Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares, decided to add a unique dimension to the recreational programming that the … Continue reading “Productive Discussion: BYSC brings local at-risk youths together with role models from the Westchester Knicks”

    GaGa Plays Key Role in Ambitious Mission for Spring 2018

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    Volunteers and Vested Supporters are Invited to Join this Important Initiative with Backyard Sports Cares Backyard Sports Cares is embarking on an ambitious mission to bring kids from all socioeconomic backgrounds in Westchester together — and GaGa is the lynchpin. Last week, BYSC Executive Director, Danny Bernstein, hosted a kickoff conference with BYSC’s stakeholders and … Continue reading “GaGa Plays Key Role in Ambitious Mission for Spring 2018”

    Backyard Sports Features GaGa Event as Part of Special Needs Basketball League

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    Backyard Sports Cares Fall Basketball League for athletes with special needs has exceeded expectations this year. In conjunction with our Basketball program, we featured a GaGa special event that got our kids moving and exposed to non-traditional sports. Check out our video to take part in the action and hear from our awesome teen coaches, Audrey … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Features GaGa Event as Part of Special Needs Basketball League”

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

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      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 … Continue reading “WVOX-AM “Wartburg Cares” Radio Show Features Backyard Sports Cares”

    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”

    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”