BYSC Joins Foundation for Life for Annual Surprise “Bike Day” Giveaway

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Bike Day gives gift of first bicycle to dozens of Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club kids 

Beaming faces and squeals of joy and amazement could be seen and heard from across lower Westchester County last Saturday, June 9th. It’s no wonder when dozens of children from the Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club received brand new bicycles for the first time. For a fourth consecutive year, the non-profit organization, Foundation for Life, and Backyard Sports Cares have partnered on Foundation for Life’s Bike Day initiative to mastermind a secret bike giveaway for disadvantaged Westchester youngsters.

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Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club, Backyard Sports, Foundation for Life give kids a special day

Kids from the #BoysAndGirlsClubOfMountVernon were surprised with new bikes on Saturday. #FiOS1News' Diane Caruso has the story.

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“Everyone remembers their first bicycle,” says Danny Bernstein, Director, Backyard Sports Cares. “And here are kids who haven’t had the opportunity to get their first bike. The fact that the community can come together, engage these youngsters in play, watch them have fun and then share in their joy as they take home their first bike, marks a truly special moment.”

The event was hosted on the grounds of Wartburg, a healthcare and nursing facility in Mount Vernon. Kids from the Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club were brought to the location under the pretense of a day of sports and activity play with Backyard Sports. After the activities came to a close, Foundation for Life executed the big bike reveal to rowdy cheers and a crowd of happy kids and families.

100 kids celebrate victories and teamwork on final Saturday of BYSC White Plains Basketball League

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Last January, with generous support from Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) partner, Advocate Brokerage of Scarsdale, BYSC kicked off the organization’s first basketball league in White Plains. Approximately 100 fourth and fifth-graders from five local elementary schools participated in the league, which culminated in a jamboree finale on March 23rd, 2018 at SUNY Purchase. Participating schools … Continue reading “100 kids celebrate victories and teamwork on final Saturday of BYSC White Plains Basketball League”

Discussing racial diversity: BYSC student leaders, Iona Prep students and White Plains Youth Bureau talk about race relations

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“This was a great experience and it felt great knowing that I was doing something to help make a change.  I really got a lot out of it, and can’t wait for the next dinner.” — Jake Meyrowitz, BYSC Student Leader On January 22, 2018,  Backyard Sports Cares and the White Plains Youth Bureau initiated … Continue reading “Discussing racial diversity: BYSC student leaders, Iona Prep students and White Plains Youth Bureau talk about race relations”

#MissionGaGa takes flight at Mt. Vernon Boys & Girls Club

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As part of Backyard Sports Cares’ Mission: Gaga 2018 initiative, BYSC, in conjunction with host families, will be donating a portable gaga pit to the Boys and Girls Club so they can enjoy the game all year-round. To get the kids formally introduced to gaga action, Backyard Sports Cares hosted a Gaga Day on Thursday, January … Continue reading “#MissionGaGa takes flight at Mt. Vernon Boys & Girls Club”

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! This past week, Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares, decided to add a unique dimension to the recreational programming that the … Continue reading “Productive Discussion: BYSC brings local at-risk youths together with role models from the Westchester Knicks”

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”

Backyard Sports & Foundations for Life Bring “Bike Day” Giveaway to White Plains Youngsters

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      Once again, Backyard Sports in connection with Foundations for Life presented 25 White Plains youngsters with a brand new bicycle at the organization’s annual “Bike Day” event.  Temple Kol Ami of White Plains provided the facility space. Led by volunteers from Foundations for Life and the Backyard Sports Cares Junior Board, the … Continue reading “Backyard Sports & Foundations for Life Bring “Bike Day” Giveaway to White Plains Youngsters”

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 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”

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”

A Bounty of Bicycles Give Kids Something to Smile About

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For the second year in a row, Backyard Sports Cares collaborated with Foundation for Life to give deserving kids one of the most basic staples of childhood, a bicycle. We presented a soccer clinic and distributed bicycles to 20 youngsters from the Coachmen Center in White Plains, NY.  Assisting the efforts were Backyard Sports volunteers, Harrison … Continue reading “A Bounty of Bicycles Give Kids Something to Smile About”

Mt. Vernon & Scarsdale H.S. Volleyball Teams Unite for New Program Initiative

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Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) has united the Mt. Vernon and Scarsdale High School Volleyball teams to bring a start up volleyball program to the Mt. Vernon Boys and Girls Club. Under the supervision of  coaches Tashi Campbell and Ann Marie Nee, players from both schools are teaming up to offer instruction and peer mentorship to more than 25 … Continue reading “Mt. Vernon & Scarsdale H.S. Volleyball Teams Unite for New Program Initiative”

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”