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 for going above and beyond as Backyard Sports Cares Club leaders at their respective schools. These teens help run sports programs for underserved and special needs children as volunteer coaches for Backyard Sports Cares.
“I am deeply grateful to the 400+ friends and supporters who turned out to honor our amazing volunteers and Most Valuable Team Players,” said Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares. “Our programs are special because of the caring commitment and enthusiasm that our volunteers bring to our team sports experience and the generosity of our supporters.”
Sponsored by Advocate Brokerage Corp., AQR, Fidelis Care, MVP Basketball Camp, NatGen Premier, New York Sports Medicine Institute, and PM Pediatrics, the benefit raised more than $150,000, which will fund various sports programs for disadvantaged and special needs kids in Westchester, NY.
In addition to honoring exceptional teen coach volunteers, Backyard Sports recognized more than a dozen “Most Valuable Team Players” from the organization’s Backyard Sports Plus program, which offers a unique team sports option for teens with special needs who love participating in competitive sports.
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”
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”
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”
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”
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 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”
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”
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!”
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”
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”
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”
This past weekend our Backyard Sports Plus Special Need athletes and coaches were treated to an indoor session of GaGa at Purchase College. The GaGa pits were provided courtesy of Scott Blumberg and Talon Athletics, a local GaGa activity provider and manufacturer of GaGa specialty equipment. The players received progressive skill instruction, including striking a … Continue reading “Backyard Sports+ Special Needs Athletes Play GaGa at SUNY Purchase”
Cheers For Our Programs
“Since my child started this program, I've seen great changes. He plays better with friends, he is more patient, he's more focused and his grades have improved tremendously.”
Kishma Baljoe, Parent
Backyard Sports Cares
75 South Broadway, Suite 453
White Plains, NY 10601
Backyard Sports Cares is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Gifts to BYSC support programs that strengthen and enrich the development of Westchester children and are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.