On Sunday, December 8th, Backyard Sports Cares Plus families, coaches, and our volunteers from local area schools spent the afternoon for a special day of sports fun. The day kicked off with our USTA-backed “Quick Start” tennis program followed by a buffet lunch to re-charge for an afternoon of spirited sports activity in tennis, basketball, baseball, football and volleyball.
Our friends from Metropolitan Life, who graciously underwrote part of the afternoon, were there to lend a hand and brought their mascot Snoopy to entertain the kids and add to the fun. All the kids and parents alike honed their sports skills while enjoying the festivities including an unlimited supply of cotton candy and popcorn. This was a special day for all of our coaches, volunteers and special need families to spend some time together for the holiday season and gave the kids a chance to continue to advance their skills in each sports area. It also gave the families and volunteers a chance to relax and get to know each other better.
Last year I attended a grass roots symposium on community service sports organizations where we discussed how soccer is uniquely positioned among all major sports in this country to be a catalyst of community and social enrichment. Given the simplicity of the game, its presence in all socio economic groups, and of course its rich … Continue reading “Coach’s Corner By Danny Bernstein, Head Coach Backyard Sports Cares”
Date: Sunday April 19th, 2015 From 9am-3pmWhere: Purchase College, Purchase, NY In The Main Gym Registration: $1,800 per team / 3-5 players per team All Proceeds To Benefit Backyard Sports Cares Limited Number of Teams Three Levels of Competition: OPEN (any age, most competitive) 35 PLUS (competitive) RECREATION (any age) Round Robin Format with Playoffs … Continue reading “2nd Annual BYSC 3×3 Basketball Tournament”
This fall, Backyard Sports Cares launched the Backyard Sports Soccer Club (BYS SC). Cooperating schools and organizations included: Trinity and Jefferson Elementary Schools (New Rochelle), Mamaroneck Avenue School (White Plains and Mamaroneck), Mt. Vernon Boys and Girls Club, Mt. Vernon Recreation Department, and the Port Chester Carver Center. More than 150 youngsters in 2nd and … Continue reading “New This Fall… BYS Soccer Club At Local Area Schools”
This fall, responding to the requests of a number of our families, Backyard Sports Cares offered its first football sports program for our special needs classes. With 40 kids throwing, passing, catching and zigzagging through cones with their volunteer peer mentors, it was deemed a huge success by all involved. Tricia Ault, mother of Henry, … Continue reading “A Very Special Beat: Backyard Sports Cares PLUS Introduces Football”
In late November, 20 Mamaroneck High School Backyard Sports Cares Community Club volunteers teamed up with the Mamaroneck public school SEPTA to participate in the Turkey Trot walk/run at Harbor Island. It was a huge success, raising more than $600 to help fund special needs sports programs for the district. MHS students completed the mile … Continue reading “Volunteer Buzz: MHS Community Club Runs/Walks For Backyard Sports Cares By Emily Holzberg”
Every Saturday, Backyard Sports Cares is excited to be running new special needs sports programs in Northern Westchester . BYSC recently launched a soccer program in Lakeland with more than 22 participants and 35 peer mentor volunteers from the local Lakeland High School, replicating the progressive skills model of our flagship Purchase offerings on Sundays. … Continue reading “BYS Plus Heads North”
On Wednesday afternoons, the Alice Grady grammar school lawn was transformed into a soccer field for more than 15 special needs children and their teenage mentor coaches from Hamiliton High School next door. The Backyard Sports Cares Plus sports program, hosted by Elmsford schools Special Education PTA (SEPTA) was a first for the community and … Continue reading “Building Community: New After School Program in Elmsford”
At age four, I fell in love with tennis, thanks to my dad. Once I picked up the racquet, I never looked back and played competitively in college at Towson University, a Division 1 program. Tennis has helped mold me into the person I am today. Presently, I am a third year law student at … Continue reading “Tennis Is A Hit With White Plains Youth By Caitlin White”