Backyard Sports Cares Leads Art Appreciation Program at Yonkers DaySpring Center

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Following successful programs with the White Plains Youth Bureau and the Mary Blige Center, Penny Bauersfeld of Scarsdale recently completed a six-week “Learning to Look” art appreciation program with 12 elementary school-aged children from the Day Spring Center in Yonkers.

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The program includes five weeks of afterschool study of various periods and artists.  Children learn not just the historical perspective but are encouraged to express their own artistic voice in understanding the works.  The program concludes with a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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Children visited work by Degas, Monet, and Matisse and ended the trip with a visit to the Temple of Dendur. Backyard Sports hosted a picnic lunch at a park adjacent to the Met.

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Game, Set and Match! — An Interview with BYSC Tennis Coach Rita

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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”

BYSC Tennis Program Flourishes at Ridgeway Elementary

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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”

Just Keep Swimming!

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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 Afterschool Swim: A Day in the Pool with Slater Center Youngsters

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By Arden Franklyn Water + Kids = Fun  — That was the winning formula last Tuesday at Backyard Sports Cares’ weekly afterschool swim program for Thomas H. Slater Center children. Hosted at the SUNY Purchase pool and led by Swim Team Captain, Colleen Ferguson, the program brings the fundamentals of swimming to seven to ten-year-olds with limited … Continue reading “BYSC Afterschool Swim: A Day in the Pool with Slater Center Youngsters”

Backyard Sports Cares Announces Sponsorship Alliance with PM Pediatrics

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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”

Cheerleaders give performance pointers to Edward Williams Elementary schoolgirls

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For the past three months, Backyard Sports Cares volunteers and Scarsdale High School Varsity Cheerleaders, Madison Doyle, Ariel Stonberg, Talia Abbe and Isobel Lloyd, have been visiting and working with young girls at Edward Williams Elementary School in Mount Vernon. Last week, the fruits of their labor came to the stage. Edward Williams Elementary students, … Continue reading “Cheerleaders give performance pointers to Edward Williams Elementary schoolgirls”

BYSC + Jefferson Elementary Build Bridges for Latchkey Kids in New Roc

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This week marks the third week of the Jefferson Elementary after-school program, known as Puentes, which means Bridges in Spanish. Located in New Rochelle, the goal of the program is to keep kids in a safe, caring and educational environment. “Many of the kids in our program at Jefferson would be going home to an … Continue reading “BYSC + Jefferson Elementary Build Bridges for Latchkey Kids in New Roc”

White Plains Youth Bureau Honors Backyard Sports Cares at 45th Anniversary Gala

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In recognition of the enriching multi-sport afterschool programming that Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) provides for the White Plains Youth Bureau and the organization’s Bits and Pieces summer camp, Backyard Sports Cares was honored with a video presentation, including heartfelt testimonials of admiration and appreciation for its programs. “After five years of working together with the White … Continue reading “White Plains Youth Bureau Honors Backyard Sports Cares at 45th Anniversary Gala”

Art Program Puts Youngsters in Touch with their Creative Side

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Backyard Sports Cares & Slater Community Center Program Exposes Kids to Art, Creative Expression and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Through a generous donation from friends of Backyard Sports Cares, twenty- four second and third graders from the White Plains Slater Community Center participated in a five-week art program culminating in a visit to the Metropolitan Museum … Continue reading “Art Program Puts Youngsters in Touch with their Creative Side”

“Off the Street” Program at Hamilton Elementary Teaches Kids Lacrosse

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Supported by the Westchester Jewish Community Service’s Off the Street Program, Mt. Vernon’s Hamilton Elementary School offers an after school program, which provides 80 at risk K-5th grade children a safe place for homework help and enrichment activities. Backyard Sports has been the recreational partner for the past three years, providing team sport programming to … Continue reading ““Off the Street” Program at Hamilton Elementary Teaches Kids Lacrosse”

BYSC Helps “Bike Day” Come to Westchester for the First Time

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Backyard Sports Cares Partners with Foundation for Life and White Plains Youth Bureau to host first Westchester “Bike Day” for disadvantaged kids Foundation for Life, a non-profit, was founded by Paul and Mindee Blanco of Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife, to promote change and deepen connections to the people, families and communities served … Continue reading “BYSC Helps “Bike Day” Come to Westchester for the First Time”

Gooooooal! BYSC Brings First Soccer League Experience to 8 Westchester Area Schools

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Last week, we proudly launched a new soccer league in partnership with eight elementary schools and community organizations in under-served Westchester and Bronx communities.  Generously funded by a grant endowment from the Elmwood Foundation, the program is enabling nearly 200 fourth and fifth-graders a chance to play in a competitive soccer league.  For many, it is there first … Continue reading “Gooooooal! BYSC Brings First Soccer League Experience to 8 Westchester Area Schools”