On Thursday, November 21st, Backyard Sports Cares hosted its second biennial gala at the Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison, NY. The event raised more than $300,000 in support of sports programs for underserved and special needs kids in Westchester, NY.
The gala honored Backyard Sports Cares board members, Michael Moser and David Shuster for their outstanding dedication and valuable years of contribution to the organization’s mission.
“Simply stated, our mission is to provide high-quality recreational programming to children who have limited access to traditional youth sports programs either because they live in underserved communities or they have special needs,” said Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares. “The high caliber skills and expertise from board members, like Michael and David, along with funding from generous supporters, sponsors, neighbors, friends, family, and volunteers has been vital to our mission and continues to enable BYSC to touch the lives of more than 3,000 deserving children in Westchester each year. Thank you!”
by Scott Galst, former BYSC Volunteer and BLC Alumni I attended Brant Lake Camp as a child and worked as a counselor when I was a teenager. It was a special place where many of my greatest childhood memories were created. I’d like to think I knew at the time how lucky I was to … Continue reading “Backyard Sports At Brant Lake Camp”
One of the great byproducts of our community programming is bringing together young athletes of diverse economic zones. A catchphrase I enjoy is that our programs “blend zip codes.” Ultimately, sports participation is blind to color and class. By playing with one another, kids usually discover they have much more in common than their social … Continue reading “Coach’s Corner: Let’s Be Frank About This”
BYSC Board Member and Executive Producer at MSNBC Moshe Arenstein, a founding Backyard Sports Cares Board member, remembers when he first got the call from Danny Bernstein about 10 years ago. “It took me about 20 seconds to realize how great this was.” While he cites Danny’s passion, vision and excitement as the original draw, … Continue reading “Getting to Know Moshe Arenstein”
Backyard Sports Cares recently celebrated Alumni Night at Brazen Fox in New York City. The night was filled with inspirational stories of growth, compassion, and success. It gave our alumni a chance to reconnect with each other and Executive Director Danny Bernstein. The night also provided an opportunity for alumni to learn how they can … Continue reading “Alumni Night”
Partnerships with community organizations that serve at-risk youth allow us to bring the fun, skill and life lessons of high-quality sports programs to hundreds who otherwise would not have access. For the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester (YSOW), we provide a physical education class for students, as well as recreational activities that range from hiking … Continue reading “Honored by the Youth Shelter”
Every year, Backyard Sports Cares organizes an exciting Field Day for the nearly 200 youth enrolled in the White Plains Youth Bureau’s Bits N’ Pieces summer camp. Divided by age group, energetic campers rotate between six activities that include tug of war, relay races, gaga, soccer and more. Overseen by BYSC staff and volunteer coaches, … Continue reading “Bits N’ Pieces Field Day”
“With the support of a larger organization, my help can change a person’s life.” A high school senior who’s been with BYSC since seventh grade, Ryan Pohly is one of our most dedicated and experienced volunteers. He’s with us at Purchase College every Sunday, helping special needs athletes safely enjoy team sports. And, as a … Continue reading “Volunteer BUZZ: Ryan Pohly”
Cheers For Our Programs
“Since my child started this program, I've seen great changes. He plays better with friends, he is more patient, he's more focused and his grades have improved tremendously.”
Kishma Baljoe, Parent
Backyard Sports Cares
75 South Broadway, Suite 453
White Plains, NY 10601
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