With resounding support from key community partners and families, BYSC held its 4th annual 3×3 basketball tournament on Saturday April 16th at Iona Prep in New Rochelle. This event was another huge success, raising more than $45,000 and bringing together many friends and partners from our community. Special thanks to our community sponsors, particularly Houlihan Lawrence, PM Pediatrics, and NY Sports Medicine Institute.
Over $45,000 was raised to help and support our programs for under-served and special needs children experience the joy of team sports
Advocate Brokerage, another key partner and main sponsor for our special needs half time “All Star Game”, was thrilled to be a part of our event again. Advocate’s owner, Denise Koslowsky, was inspired by the day which attracted hundreds of basketball enthusiasts (130 players) and fans as well as the Westchester Knicks Dancers and North Carolina basketball legend Derek Wittenberg. “This event brings so many people together and is truly community building at its best”. Isabella and Devin Goldman, twin sisters, were also inspired to action, raising funds by selling pictures depicting inspirational quotes and donating the proceeds. “Dunk Your Kicks” representatives Haley Sontag and Leah Glucksman were also on hand to collect sneakers; each pair donated raises funds for Pediatric Cancer. Special thanks to Bernie Mahoney, Athletic Director and Sean D’Alfonso of Iona who generously helped make our first year at Iona Prep such a success!
There’s nothing I relish more than leaving my office at 3pm to visit an after-school program. Hearing the pounding of a ball on the floor, the squeaks of sneakers, or watching the exchange of high fives between participants and coaches brings more joy than catching up with emails and tending to the grind of my administrative duties. While the sights and sounds of watching our kids at play is inspiring, I … Continue reading “Coach’s Corner: Breaking the trend toward social isolation through sport”
Backyard Sports Cares is excited to announce a strategic partnership with PM Pediatrics, a leading specialized urgent care practice for patients from cradle through college. Together we will further our commitment to enhancing the health and well-being of the children and families in our community. When in doubt, sit out! With Spring sports in full … Continue reading “BYSC Partners Up With PM Pediatrics”
Every Saturday Backyard Sports Cares hosts soccer games for kids in grades 3 to 5. These kids come from all over Westchester. We noticed that one of the teams from Yonkers were playing in sneakers because they had no cleats. We reached out to our close friend Christian Lopez at Modell’s who agreed to generously … Continue reading “BYSC Soccer Players Get New Cleats from Modell’s”
There’s a new garden outside Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle. It was built by parents, school staff, children and volunteers and it epitomizes the spirit of our newest venture, the Puentes (which means bridges in Spanish) after school program. Created with our longtime partner, Jefferson Elementary, the program brings together children from Jefferson as … Continue reading “PUENTES: A Bridge To After School Fun!”
As the school year comes to a close and our senior volunteers trade their BYSC staff shirts for caps and gowns, we want to express our sincere appreciation for all of your efforts as peer mentors and “friends’ of our special needs and underserved youth. Truth is, the programs’ success fundamentally relies on your consistent … Continue reading “Volunteer BUZZ: A Shout Out To Our Seniors!”
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) and BYSC share a mission; to spread the game and love for tennis to all and through our partnership we have been able to do just that! Each year BYSC provides comprehensive tennis instruction to more than 300 special needs and underserved youth throughout Westchester. On any given day … Continue reading “Tennis Tennis Everywhere! Thanks to Our USTA Partnership!”
The Backyard Sports spring soccer league was launched last year to give a competitive travel-soccer league experience to elementary and middle school kids who don’t have the financial resources to pay the fees for participation. Eleven areas are participating this year, up from eight last year. Teams begin practicing in mid-march and games run Saturdays … Continue reading “Cameron Moser Talks About BYSC Travel Soccer League”