On Sunday, March 17th, over 150 players and nearly an equal amount of spectators filled the Knicks/MSG Training Center in Greenburgh for the inaugural Backyard Sports Cares 3X3 Adult Basketball tournament to raise funds for our community. Based on the faces of the players and spectators alike the inaugural event was a resounding success. The event provided a “dream day” for the players, including a special scrimmage game by players from our BYS Plus program. Special celebrity guests included Earl “The Pearl” Monroe , John Wallace, and Felipe Lopez. The Knicks City Dancers were also on hand to perform and offer a photo op with the players. The event raised over $60,000.00. A warm and special thanks to all of our families, community partners and sponsors who made this event such a success.
The past season has brought as big a smile to the faces of our coaches, volunteers and parents as well as the kids we serve. We have engaged with over 2,000 young athletes with summer camps, afterschool programs, and spirited events including a White Plains Youth Bureau Field Day, an evening with the Harlem Globetrotters, … Continue reading “Coaches Corner”
Every Sunday morning I wake up with a huge smile on my face, enthusiastic to go to volunteer “work”. Except I don’t consider it “work”, I simply consider it playing sports with my friends. I leave the house with my Backyard Sports t-shirt, a pair of sneakers, and a voracious eagerness to be amongst these … Continue reading “Sports Gives a “Special” Sensation/Paulina Paras, BYSC Volunteer, Special Needs Plus, “An Excerpt””
In a collaborative effort with local Special Education PTA’s(SEPTA’s), Backyard Sports Cares has taken its flagship Special Needs Plus Soccer Program to Pelham and Mamaroneck expanding its reach while helping to forge new friendships and understanding in their communities. On any given Friday, over a dozen volunteers from Pelham and Mamaroneck work as “peer mentors” … Continue reading “Special Needs Programs Spread to Local Area SchoolsPIC”
Spring season was underway as over 40 kids and peer mentor volunteers gathered each Sunday to play baseball outside on the Great Lawn at Purchase College . Our special needs program is unique as it follows a progressive skills based pedagogy that lends itself to our peer to peer model, allowing greater individual success for … Continue reading “Play Ball with Backyard Sports Plus”
Inspired by the need to bring popular sports to underserved communities, Backyard Sports Cares sponsored introductory lacrosse clinics at the Edward Williams School in Mt. Vernon and the EXCEL afterschool program in White Plains. Over 300 youngsters over a three month period received mentoring and clinical development from our coaches including a partnership with the … Continue reading “After School Lacrosse Introduced to Needy Area Schools”
On Saturday May 18 Backyard Sports in coordination with the White Plains Youth Bureau held a field day at the Eastview Middle School for approximately 200 school aged children in the White Plains community. Activities included soccer games, relay races, tug of war, soccer matches, a video tent, and a golf station sponsored by the … Continue reading “White Plains Field Day”
In February, over 200 kids from our community and special needs programs along with, coaches staff and family members had a special evening of basketball shenanigans with the Harlem Globetrotters, who played at the Westchester County Center. It was a winning night for the entire BYSC community; family and friends got together; the kids got … Continue reading “BYSC and the Harlem Globetrotters”
Over 1,000 BYSC kids and families had a beautiful sunny day watching the Mets beat the Marlins at Citi Field on the opening weekend of baseball. This event gave adults and kids alike a chance to cheer on the home team while relaxing and enjoying each other’s company.
Again this summer, BYSC will be partnering with the White Plains Youth Bureau, New Rochelle School District and The Carver Center in Portchester to run their summer sports camp programs serving over 400(???) children in our community. These camps are designed to offer children the opportunity to stay on track with their studies and participate … Continue reading “Summer Daze”