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    BYSC 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Players
    BYSC 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament Players

    The results are in! On Saturday, April 16th, the Iona Prep gymnasium set whistles blowing, hundreds of fans cheering and basketball players competing hard in the 4th Annual BYSC 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.  We are truly grateful to everyone involved – from the players and supporters to sponsors and entertainers – who raised the bar of success for us this year.

    More than $45,000 was raised at the tournament, which attracted hundreds of basketball enthusiasts, devotees and fans. The proceeds from the event will support BYSC’s successful sports programs serving kids from under-served communities and those with special needs. A photo album of the event can be found on the Backyard Sports Cares Facebook page.

    3-on-3 tournament cheers
    Coach Vin Minotti leads a victorious cheer with special needs players and BYSC teen coaches

    In a day complimented by great food and lots of fun, NCAA champion and collegiate basketball coach Dereck Whittenburg was on hand taking part in photographs, signing autographs and serving up sage advice to the players. At the same time, the Westchester Knicks City Dancers took everyone through their latest dance moves while the day was highlighted by an “All Star Game” in which special needs children participated.  Special thanks to the Star Kidz, All Starz! who inspired the crowd with a rousing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

    Star Kids at 3 on 3

    Backyard Sports Cares founder and Executive Director, Danny Bernstein, stressed how the funds raised by the tournament are used to directly fund programs to help children.  “The monies raised will enable young athletes to participate in a number of programs, including ‘Friday Night Tennis,’ a weekend summer camp for kids from Mount Vernon as well as covering travel fees for children who otherwise would never be able to participate in a Travel Soccer program,” Bernstein said. “It has just been a truly great day.”

    Congratulations to our 2016 3-on-3 Adult Basketball Tournament Champions & Trophy Winners:

    • Open – Most competitive: Category: BYS 1
    • 35 years+: Barron’s Ballers
    • Adult Recreation: White Plains Finest
    • High School – Grades 9-12: Pelham

    If you participated as a player in this year’s tournament, please take a moment to fill out an anonymous 2-minute survey to help us further improve this event next year. Click here to access the brief questionnaire.

    Thanks to the Star Kidz, “All Starz” for singing “The Star Spangled Banner,” collegiate coach Dereck Whittenburg, the Westchester Knicks City Dancers, and to all the tournament participants, especially all the kids who took part in the special needs All Star scrimmage.

    Lead Sponsors
    Houlihan Lawrence, Advocate Brokerage, New York Sports Medicine Institute, PM Pediatrics, MYX Fitness Studio

    Major Event Supporters and Underwriters
    AQR Capital, Coleman & Company, Executive Search, Crown Trophy, DeCicco’s Market, Flaghouse, LOMARHR, Meritage Restaurant, Institute/Neil S. Roth MD, Red Mango, Rev Design, Rye Grill and Bar, Stanz Café, Standing Room Only, Starbucks, Star Kidz “All Starz”, The Beehive

    Many Thanks to Our Family Sponsors
    The Beiber, Bernstein, Goldfarb, Goldman, Intner, Katz, Krohn, Lebowitz, Lefkowitz, MDXpress, Moser, Nossel, Sharpe, Slater, Silber, Wasserman and Wurtzel Families

    Local Restaurant Sponsors
    Deanna’s Pizza, DeCicco’s Market, Leonardo’s, Meritage Restaurant, Red Mango, Rye Grill and Bar, Stanz Café, Standing Room Only, Starbucks, The Beehive

    Special Thanks
    Bernard Mahoney, Iona Prep Athletic Director, Sean D’Alfonso, Iona Prep Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, John Cielepak, Westchester Knicks, Eric Dimiceli, NBA, Larry Woodward, Graham Stanley, The MC, Bobby Ciafardini, The DJ, Eli Kababa, Photography by Alfonso, Ed Reynolds and the Team at Rev Design, Inc.