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

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Discussing Race Relations
BYSC student leaders join Iona Prep students and White Plains Youth Bureau to discuss diversity

“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 the first in a series of frank dinner discussions about race relations in the Westchester community. Facilitated by Fred Goldberg, an active community member and retired assistant principal from Scarsdale High School, and Frank Williams, the Director of the White Plains Youth Bureau, the evening provided an open forum for student leaders to communicate with one another about their feelings and perspectives on race relationships, as well as their engagement with difference.

Backyard Sports Cares student leaders Carina Eaton, Jake Meyrowitz, Emma Brodie, and Ethan Underweiser, along with high school partners from Iona Prep, and the White Plains Youth Bureau, participated in the discussion, which was tied to the 55th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s seminal speech, “I Have a Dream.”

Danny Bernstein, executive director, BYSC, points out that despite the progress that has been made over the last half century, racial and socio-economic discrimination and silent segregation still co-exist. “Our objective in bringing together this group of students today is to positively impact the future viewpoints of tomorrow’s leaders and citizens,” said Bernstein. “By continuing to share feelings and maintain an open dialogue about racial diversity, we will establish greater understanding and acceptance of our neighbors and peers whose race or cultures are different from our own.”

BYSC and the White Plains Youth Bureau are providing a template to build on the energy of the January 22nd event. Students will reconvene to dig deeper on this topic on February 28th.

Two Claps for BYS Plus Teen League!

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Anyone who has been in the gym on a Sunday morning for our teen league program at Suny Purchase can attest to the fact that Backyard Sports Cares is far more than just sports. Beginning in 2008 with just a handful of nervous young athletes and a couple of eager coaches, the teen league has … Continue reading “Two Claps for BYS Plus Teen League!”

Coach’s Corner: Plain White T’s

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I draw great inspiration and motivation from the James Kerr book, Legacy, which details the unparalleled success of the New Zealand Rugby Club, the All-Blacks, considered by many to be the dominating international athletic team of any sport. Their superiority, Kerr writes, is not only about athletic prowess, but, about a character- and culture- driven mindset which … Continue reading “Coach’s Corner: Plain White T’s”

I Love BYSC!

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Our staff, coaches, and volunteers dedicate their time to make sure that all participants have the best time possible. From our BYSC Plus programs, to our community events, our mission at Backyard Sports Cares stays the same. We want to help all underserved and special needs children grow their skills, form long term relationships with … Continue reading “I Love BYSC!”

Volunteer BUZZ: Karina Eaton

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Hello, Backyard Sports families! My name is Karina Eaton. I’m one of the Senior Presidents of the Backyard Sports Cares Club at Mamaroneck High School. I’ve been part of Backyard Sports since my Freshman year. It is definitely my favorite club; I love working with each and every kid. During my time at BYSC I … Continue reading “Volunteer BUZZ: Karina Eaton”

Support Our Ga-ga Initiative

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In the spring of 2018, Backyard Sports Cares, in conjunction with our community and family partners, will undertake a Ga-ga initiative with the plan to build six Ga-ga units in deserving schools and play areas throughout Westchester. Ga-ga is a playground game played in an eight sided walled area commonly known as a Pit. Players … Continue reading “Support Our Ga-ga Initiative”

Upcoming BYSC Events For 2018!

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Join us this spring for a fun day of activities, amazing food, drinks, and laughs while celebrating our involvement in the community with family, staff, volunteers, and sponsors.   5th Annual BYSC 3vs3 Basketball Tournament Our annual 3vs3 Basketball Tournament to support Backyard Sports Cares will be returning once again this Fall on Sunday, Oct. … Continue reading “Upcoming BYSC Events For 2018!”

Lakeland Special Needs

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On a Saturday afternoon at the Van Cortlandtville Elementary School, you can find the gym filled with energetic and caring volunteers who are ready to team up with their young and equally energetic athletes. Preparing to work on their basketball skills, these unique pairs begin their warm up together. Volunteers help their athletes by teaching … Continue reading “Lakeland Special Needs”

Spotlight on a Board Member: Zach Sawyer

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This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Brant Lake Camp with New Flex Youth Program. We started the trip off at the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course. This set the stage for the weekend. At the ropes course we all learned the power of team work. Kids were getting over fears and then turning … Continue reading “Spotlight on a Board Member: Zach Sawyer”

#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”