Backyard Sports Brings NewFlex Youths to Brant Lake

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For the fourth year in a row, Backyard Sports Cares hosted a group of kids from Mt. Vernon’s NewFlex Youth Program at Brant Lake Camp for a weekend of fun camp experiences and activities. It was another fabulous camp experience for the NewFlex Youth Program kids who participated in lots of activities and made new friends. Doug Barshop, from Backyard Sports, and his three kids, Jackson, Lilly and Samson, joined in the weekend fun. The mix of new friends and old made for a camp experience that most won’t forget.

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The bus from Mt Vernon arrived early Friday afternoon and the group proceeded to the waterfront where three pontoon boats were waiting to give the kids a ride on beautiful Brant Lake in Warren County, NY. The weather couldn’t have been more spectacular for a boat ride, after which, campers had lunch by the lake front where they got acquainted. It didn’t take long to make new friends. After lunch, campers broke into groups for the first activity with the girls hitting the soccer pitch and the boys split between basketball and tennis. After the activities everyone was ready to cool off with a swim in the lake.

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After dinner, the group gathered in the Junior Club House where coach Nesta led a group game of “who said oats” and a rhyme contest. In a boys against girls challenge, the boys were out numbered and put up a good fight, but the ladies won both events.  After some pizza, it was time for lights out on day one of camp.

Saturday was a picturesque day in the Adirondacks, with a cool, chilly start and sunshine that warmed the rest of the day. In the morning and early afternoon, the campers rotated activities that included more tennis, basketball and soccer in addition to street hockey, kickball, and beach volleyball. The campers got to enjoy some free time throughout the day, where many of the kids could be found playing Gaga at the gaga pit – a favorite every year. Others shot some hoops, played ping pong or relaxed outside talking with friends.

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After a late afternoon swim and some free time, the campers made their way back to the waterfront for a cookout dinner and evening bonfire. At the cookout, the kids got an unexpected treat of being served hamburgers and hotdogs by Uncle Merl Norcross, a Brant Lake camper for 68 years. It’s safe to say that everyone worked up a big appetite from the afternoon activities as all hamburgers, hotdogs and potato chips were eaten. It was then time for our traditional Saturday night bonfire. Watching the kids interact with each other. These experiences are what makes the camp experience for these kids so special.

Sunday was departure day. After loading the buses with bags, pictures were taken and campers said farewell. A magical weekend at Brant Lake came to a close. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Danny

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Backyard Sports Celebrates 1st Family BBQ Open House

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Thank you!!! We Won Westchester Toyota’s 15th Give Back!

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Earlier this year, Backyard Sports Cares, Heartsong and the Children’s Museum were selected by Yonkers-based Westchester Toyota’s Give Back program, which creatively uses social media as a means to help local charities.  Each quarter, three charities go head-to-head to drive likes and shares via the Westchester Toyota Give Back Facebook page on behalf of their causes. … Continue reading “Thank you!!! We Won Westchester Toyota’s 15th Give Back!”

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”

3-on-3 Tournament Raises Awareness and Celebrates Day of Community Connection

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For Special Needs Players and Typical Peers, Sports are a Barrier Breaker On Sunday, April 19th, we host our third annual 3-on-3 Tournament.  This event means so much to our organization and the kids that we serve.  In addition to raising funds that keep our programs going, equally important, is the opportunity to raise awareness … Continue reading “3-on-3 Tournament Raises Awareness and Celebrates Day of Community Connection”

Backyard Sports Cares Announces 3rd Annual 3-on-3 Tournament

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  Hey, Westchester Basketball Dads! It’s your turn on the court — help us raise funds for all the great Backyard Sports Cares​ programs that provide under-served and special needs kids a chance to experience the joy of team sports. 3 on 3 Tournament – How You Can Be Part of a Winning Team It’s easy … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Cares Announces 3rd Annual 3-on-3 Tournament”

Support Backyard Sports Cares on Amazon.com

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Backyard Sports Cares is now a designated charity on the Amazon Smile program associated with Amazon.com.  At no additional cost to you, Amazon.com will contribute a portion of the sale to Backyard Sports Cares.  It is easy to sign up and list Backyard Sports Cares.  Please go to Amazon Smile or click here to learn … Continue reading “Support Backyard Sports Cares on Amazon.com”

2014 BYS Plus Baseball Hits Another Grand Slam

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    As the 2014 BYS Plus Baseball comes to a close this weekend, BYS is happy to share some photos from the program. Our great staff lead the way as they got to interact with some exceptional student athletes whose skills grew exponentially throughout the program. We loved seeing the smiles on the kids faces as … Continue reading “2014 BYS Plus Baseball Hits Another Grand Slam”

Backyard Sports Cares Expands Throughout Westchester!

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  After a great start to Backyard Sports Cares partnership with Sound Shore Indoor Tennis, they put a wonderful article describing the success of the program on their website. Please click on the link below to have a quick read. http://soundshoreindoortennis.com/usta-eastern-backyard-sports-cares-and-sound-shore-launch-tennis-program-for-underserved-youth/

Backyard Sports Cares,USTA Eastern and Sound Shore Indoor Tennis Partner for New 6 week Tennis clinic for more than 60 underserved Youth…What a Night!

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Friday night was all smiles for the more than 60 kids from White Plains and Port Chester who came to play in a new tennis clinic in a collaborative Public/Not-for Profit partnership with Sound Shore Indoor tennis and the USTA Eastern Region.  Spearheaded by Backyard Sports Cares , 8 local tennis professionals as well as local high … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Cares,USTA Eastern and Sound Shore Indoor Tennis Partner for New 6 week Tennis clinic for more than 60 underserved Youth…What a Night!”

BYS Cares Sportsmatter Fundraiser Surpasses Their Goal!!

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  It only took three weeks, but BYS Cares reached and surpassed their #sportsmatter fundraising goal! The Jefferson Elementary School of New Rochelle and BYS Cares thanks all of their supporters for continuing the early morning soccer program. Although our goal has been reached, we are still looking for as much support as we can to continue to … Continue reading “BYS Cares Sportsmatter Fundraiser Surpasses Their Goal!!”

One week down, One month left, 28% to go!

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After one week of crowd funding, BYS Cares has reached 72% of it’s goal! This is a huge accomplishment as BYS Cares and Jefferson Elementary School would like to thank our supporters. With one month to go we are almost at our goal but need to keep reaching. To donate go to www.byssportsmatter.com. Thanks again for everyone’s … Continue reading “One week down, One month left, 28% to go!”

Support Early Morning Soccer at Jefferson Elementary School!

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    The whistle has blown as BYS Cares crowd funding begins. Addressing an issue of unsupervised, early morning elementary school drop offs, Backyard Sports Cares created the Jefferson Early Morning Soccer program to provide soccer equipment, coaching and games prior to the start of the school day. The impact of the program has far surpassed … Continue reading “Support Early Morning Soccer at Jefferson Elementary School!”