Dwight (Doc) Gooden Cheers on 150+ High School Students and Adults as they Compete to Raise $80K in Support of Backyard Sports Cares Programs for At-risk and Special Needs Kids of Westchester County 

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Legendary NY Mets Pitcher, Dwight (Doc) Gooden, Cheers on Players – Shares Experience, Strength and Hope with Attendees and Teens from the Youth Shelter of Westchester

Funds Raised will Continue to Support BYSC’ Vital Community Sports Programs Serving 3,000 Kids from the Youth Shelter of Westchester, White Plains Youth Bureau, Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club, Special Needs Young Athletes of Westchester, among othersHigh school players 3 v 3

WHITE PLAINS, NY — More than 150 basketball aficionados, monster-jammers, and amateur buzz beaters raised $80K when they teamed up on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the Westchester County Center for Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) 5th annual 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament. This year’s event was highlighted by legendary NY Mets pitcher, Dwight (Doc) Gooden, who cheered on the players, signed autographs, interacted with special needs athletes, and communicated a strong message to at-risk teens about the importance of valuing second chances.

Doc Gooden talks with teens from the Youth Shelter of Westchester
Doc Gooden talks with teens from the Youth Shelter of Westchester

“I had the pleasure of speaking with teenagers from the Youth Shelter of Westchester about changing one’s life around,” said Doc Gooden. “Getting a second chance and taking advantage of it — I’ve been there. I was a World Series Champ and I’ve also been to prison. Things happen so quickly in life. Young people make mistakes, but once you’re given a second chance, it’s what you do with it to move forward that matters. There’s no such thing as a bad kid. There are bad decisions. The important thing is to be accountable for your mistakes and learn, so you turn a mess into a message.”

Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares
Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares

“I am deeply grateful and moved by the generous support of our sponsors, donors, and families who have committed financially and of their time to be part of this important event,” said Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares. “The $80,000 raised at this event will help us to keep vital community sports programs in place that we run through dozens of Westchester schools and community organizations, such as the Youth Shelter of Westchester, White Plains Youth Bureau, Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club, and Special Needs Young Athletes of Westchester.”

About Backyard Sports Cares:   

Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and the leading provider of community team sports programs for more than 3,000 at-risk and special needs youth in Westchester County. For more information, visit byardsportscares.org.

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Dedicated sponsors, donors, 150+ players, and Doc Gooden make BYSC 2018 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament a success

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Tournament raises $80,000 to support valued sports activity programs in Westchester benefitting thousands of at-risk and special needs kids Visit our Facebook Page to access our 3 vs. 3 event album and view images of the event, courtesy of Meagan Dwyer Sports Photography — And don’t forget to “like” us! “I am deeply grateful and … Continue reading “Dedicated sponsors, donors, 150+ players, and Doc Gooden make BYSC 2018 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament a success”

Dr. Christina tells why sports are important for all kids — And role modeling is key!

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PM Pediatrics has been a community partner to Backyard Sports Cares for a number of years. Their contribution to the welfare of children and adolescent health and wellness in Westchester is matched by their time, commitment and generosity in helping foster the sports activity programs we provide to at-risk and special needs kids. We talked … Continue reading “Dr. Christina tells why sports are important for all kids — And role modeling is key!”

What’s it like to compete at the BYSC 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament — A player’s perspective

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We recently caught up with a really good friend. Peter Finkelstein has been a part of the Backyard Sports Cares family for a number of years. He hails from Scarsdale and recently moved to White Plains. And as a business owner in Mount Kisco, he has a large presence in the Westchester community. We asked … Continue reading “What’s it like to compete at the BYSC 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament — A player’s perspective”

A sponsor’s perspective on why you should participate in the BYSC 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament

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With one month to go before our big 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament, we wanted to help demystify the event while paying homage to some of our loyal sponsors who continue to support us and the recreation programs that we bring to disadvantaged Westchester kids and to those with special needs. One of our long-time … Continue reading “A sponsor’s perspective on why you should participate in the BYSC 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament”

Backyard Sports Cares Annual 3-on-3 Adult Basketball Tournament Raises Over $45K

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The results are in! On Saturday, April 16th, the Iona Prep gymnasium set whistles blowing, hundreds of fans cheering and basketball players competing hard in the 4th Annual BYSC 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.  We are truly grateful to everyone involved – from the players and supporters to sponsors and entertainers – who raised the bar of … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Cares Annual 3-on-3 Adult Basketball Tournament Raises Over $45K”

Teen Volunteers Score BIG for BYSC by Organizing B-ball Tournament at the Calhoun School

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Special guest post by Jake S., teen volunteer for Backyard Sports Cares On Friday, February 19th, six of my friends and I hosted a Backyard Sports Cares Basketball tournament for middle school students at the Calhoun School in New York City. Nearly 30 kids showed up to play from grades 5-8. The tournament was split … Continue reading “Teen Volunteers Score BIG for BYSC by Organizing B-ball Tournament at the Calhoun School”

Hoops to Help – We Need YOU to Bring the Joy of Sports to Underserved and Special Needs Kids

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Dear Friends of Backyards Sports Cares, I am hoping that you have followed the impact of our work both outside and within our communities over the past several years.  It has always been our goal to be a change agent through sports for young athletes who need extra assistance while giving our own sons and … Continue reading “Hoops to Help – We Need YOU to Bring the Joy of Sports to Underserved and Special Needs Kids”

Annual 3-on-3 Tournament Connects Kids & Community Through Sports

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A great day was had by all at our 3rd annual 3-on-3 Tournament held on April 19th at Purchase College. Captured here is one of the many highlights that exemplify the spirit of our organization, which seeks to connect the community and our children through the joy of sports. Watch the video to see how … Continue reading “Annual 3-on-3 Tournament Connects Kids & Community Through Sports”

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”

Adam & Leah Glucksman Pay it Forward Again at 3-on-3 Tournament

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Adam Glucksman will be playing for the third year in a row in our 3 on 3 Tournament on April 19th at Purchase College. His daughter, Leah Glucksman, and her friends, Liza Brecker, Willow Malsch, Jilly Mehlman and Haley Sontag, will be collecting shoes for “Dunk Your Kicks”. Hope you will join us for a … Continue reading “Adam & Leah Glucksman Pay it Forward Again at 3-on-3 Tournament”

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”