Productive Discussion: BYSC brings local at-risk youths together with role models from the Westchester Knicks

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How do you get at-risk youths in crisis to open up and take some hard-won advice? If you’re Backyard Sports Cares, the answer is pizza…and a few local heroes from the Westchester Knicks!

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Westchester Knicks and residents of the Youth Shelter of Westchester

This past week, Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares, decided to add a unique dimension to the recreational programming that the organization provides to the young men temporarily residing at the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, an alternative to incarceration residence for 16-21 year old males, located in Mount Vernon, NY.

Backyard Sports Cares initiated and participated in a conversation with several players from the Westchester Knicks and the residents of the Youth Shelter Program.  Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in White Plains accommodated the group of enthusiastic participants, which was presided by Kiki Campbell, director of community relations for the Westchester Knicks.

“Backyard Sports and the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester have been partners for two years,” said Bernstein. “Our collaboration consists of bringing meaningful recreational programming to a group of very deserving teens and young adults. We wanted to do something impactful for these youths and the conversation with the Knicks was meant to spur a change in perspective. I believe we got everybody thinking.”

The residents heard stories of success and challenges by Knick players, Devon Baulkman, Jordan Henriques-Roberts, and Isaiah Hicks. Equally important, the young men were comfortable and at ease in exchanging their own views and back stories with the players.

“Our recreational program also puts these young men in a mentorship role working with kids in our special needs afterschool program. This experience, in combination with receiving advice and wisdom from positive role models, like the Knicks, comes together to create opportunities for postive redirection and a greater sense of purpose for these young men,” adds Bernstein.

GaGa Plays Key Role in Ambitious Mission for Spring 2018

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Volunteers and Vested Supporters are Invited to Join this Important Initiative with Backyard Sports Cares Backyard Sports Cares is embarking on an ambitious mission to bring kids from all socioeconomic backgrounds in Westchester together — and GaGa is the lynchpin. Last week, BYSC Executive Director, Danny Bernstein, hosted a kickoff conference with BYSC’s stakeholders and … Continue reading “GaGa Plays Key Role in Ambitious Mission for Spring 2018”

WVOX-AM “Wartburg Cares” Radio Show Features Backyard Sports Cares

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  On September 20, 2017, Backyard Sports was given the incredible opportunity to co-host a local radio show through WVOX and Wartburg Cares Radio. Produced by Angela Ciminello, Vice President of Development and Marketing at the Wartburg Adult Care Community in Mount Vernon, Backyard Sports Cares Executive Director, Danny Bernstein and Dillon Faulkner, were able … Continue reading “WVOX-AM “Wartburg Cares” Radio Show Features Backyard Sports Cares”

BYSC Celebrates February Birthdays with Coachman Family Center Kids

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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”

“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”