BYSC executive director announces Next Generation Campaign to lead organization into the future

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When Backyard Sports Cares launched in 2009, we knew we were doing something special. There was a void for many parents in the Westchester Community who were seeking either affordable sports programming for their typical child or programs that were accommodating to their child or teen with physical or developmental challenges.

Now, 10 years later, through the support of hundreds of Westchester community families and private sector partners, we have been able to serve more than 2,500 youngsters and teens annually who have had little to no access to organized team sports.

Melvin Campos, Boys & Girls Club

“Danny Bernstein and Backyard Sports Cares are very important and valued partners of the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. Their sports programming is integral to our Youth Development Strategy. Backyard Sports works with us to provide opportunities for youth in non-traditional sports. The BYSC Team is professional and engaging and offers our kids a chance to participate enthusiastically in sports that would typically be out of reach.” — Melvin Campos, chief professional officer, Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon

BYSC’s programs have proven to help fill a significant gap in our community, while also bringing together athletes and families with diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, physical abilities, and cultural traditions. The reality is, our service base has grown significantly in the past 10 years. And to ensure our award-winning programs can accommodate all deserving kids now and in the future, we need to expand our programs by investing in our leadership resources. next generation fund

Through our Next Generation Fundraising Campaign, our goal is to raise $500,000, which will be used to maintain and grow our four base programs: PLUS for special needs athletes, soccer and basketball leagues and tennis program for children in underserved communities, and a sports and enrichment program for teen residents of the Youth Shelter of Westchester. In tandem, funds will be directed toward retaining top-quality leaders whose talent and passion will propel our programs and growth into the next generation of Backyard Sports Cares.

The meaningful donations of our supporters will ensure that Backyard Sports Cares raises the capital required to effectively expand our programs, and recruit and retain an extensive leadership staff who will anchor our team for the next decade and beyond.

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Please help us to continue to provide high-quality youth sports programming and unique socialization opportunities, that include:

  1. Giving 200 cognitively challenged children a safe space to enjoy sports and play
  2. Providing 400 under-resourced elementary school children their first opportunity to play in an organized soccer and basketball league for their schools and organizations with trained coaches, new equipment, and their very first uniform.
  3. Introducing 500 children without access or funds to their first tennis experience.
  4. Bringing physical education and recreational experiences such as yoga, skiing, hiking, and rugby to 20 teens in an alternative to incarceration residence in Mt. Vernon.
  5. Creating an event-based platform for socialization, geared to teens and young adults with special needs.
  6. Providing volunteer peer mentoring opportunities for hundreds of high school students to work with special needs and disadvantaged children.
  7. Providing over 100 coaches the opportunity to serve their community in a uniquely meaningful environment.

From all of us at Backyard Sports Cares, thank you for your support and generosity.

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!”

Backyard Sports Cares Honors Rye Country Day School and Mamaroneck High School Teen Volunteers at First Backyard Benefit

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On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Backyard Sports Cares hosted its first annual Backyard Benefit at the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club. The event raised more than $150,000 in support of sports programs for underserved and special needs kids in Westchester, NY. The gala honored eight teen volunteers from Rye Country Day School and Mamaroneck High School … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Cares Honors Rye Country Day School and Mamaroneck High School Teen Volunteers at First Backyard Benefit”

Scarsdale Spin Class Fundraiser Yields $10,000 for BYSC Sports Programs

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The Leichtner Family of Scarsdale and the Rohdie Group real estate company got together for a spin class fundraiser at Fly Wheel in Scarsdale on Saturday, March 12th.  Friends and families participated in a high energy program, which netted over $10,000 for Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) programs.  Joining the group were Mamaroneck High School BYSC … Continue reading “Scarsdale Spin Class Fundraiser Yields $10,000 for BYSC Sports Programs”

Dozens of Families Gather to Learn How to Giveback to Westchester Community with BYSC

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Speedy Williams + Westchester Knicks Dancers Lend Support and Entertainment Thirty Families joined friends and the Board of Backyard Sports Cares for a lively evening of basketball activities and a brief informational session about engagement opportunities with our community work.  Playground basketball legend Speedy Williams along with members of the Westchester Knicks Dance Team were … Continue reading “Dozens of Families Gather to Learn How to Giveback to Westchester Community with BYSC”