On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Backyard Sports Cares hosted its first annual Backyard Benefit at the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club. The benefit, the first of its kind for Backyard Sports Cares, honored teen volunteers from Rye Country Day School and Mamaroneck High School for going above and beyond as Backyard Sports Cares Club leaders at their respective schools. These teens help run sports programs for underserved and special needs children as volunteer coaches for Backyard Sports Cares. In addition to honoring exceptional teen coach volunteers, Backyard Sports recognized more than a dozen “Most Valuable Team Players” from the organization’s Backyard Sports Plus program, which offers a unique team sports option for teens with special needs who love participating in competitive sports.
Sponsored by Advocate Brokerage Corp., AQR, Fidelis Care, MVP Basketball Camp, NatGen Premier, New York Sports Medicine Institute, and PM Pediatrics, and through the extreme generosity of our guests, the benefit raised more than $200,000, which will fund various sports programs for disadvantaged and special needs kids in Westchester.
“I am deeply grateful to the 400+ friends and supporters who turned out to honor our amazing volunteers and Most Valuable Team Players,” said Danny Bernstein, Executive Director, Backyard Sports Cares. “Our programs are special because of the caring commitment and enthusiasm that our volunteers bring to our team sport experience and the generosity of our supporters. Seeing some of our Special Needs MVP Team players hugging and cherishing their trophies at the end of the evening was a simple reminder of our mission to bring an enjoyment and love of sports to all kids regardless of ability or background.”
Recently I attended a retirement dinner for Mary Figueroa, the longtime site coordinator for the Amazing Afternoons Program held at the Edward Williams School in Mt. Vernon. In a lifetime, everyone should be fortunate to have one Mary in their presence. While Dos Equis may feature the most interesting man in the world, Mary is … Continue reading “Coach’s Corner – Something About Mary”
Although simple in nature and form, suburban soccer is recognized as much by its shiny uniforms and team/club affiliations. The cost of participating in a team or league puts this activity out of reach for many children in Westchester County. The Backyard Sports League was created three years ago to allow players from underserved areas … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Soccer League”
I have been volunteering with Backyard Sports for more than two years. During this time I have been part of two amazing programs they offer. One is a program that BYSC holds at the Coachman. The Coachman, once a commercial hotel, is now a transitional facility in White Plains which provides housing for a large number … Continue reading “Volunteer BUZZ: Spencer Danzig”
Youth Shelter Program of Westchester provides mentoring and schooling to adolescent youth identified by a Westchester County judge to serve in this residential program as an alternative to incarceration in the county jail. Backyard Sports Cares has partnered with this Mt. Vernon-based program to provide a variety of recreational activities including basketball, yoga, and tennis … Continue reading “Youth Shelter Program of Westchester”
Armonk middle school tennis players Ethan Wolland, Justin Buchbinder, and Zac Cornell wanted to do something very special with their love for tennis. In March, with the cooperation of Armonk Tennis, the boys hosted 15 underserved youth from the Slater Center in White Plains to a Sunday evening program of tennis lessons and treats. Assisted … Continue reading “Armonk Tennis Program”
Anyone dropping in at Sound Shore Indoor Tennis in Port Chester on a Friday evening in late May or early June will witness quite a hubbub as 75 children mill around waiting impatiently to head down to the tennis courts. These youngsters are participants in the BYSC Friday Night Tennis Program, a comprehensive clinic for … Continue reading “Friday Night Is Tennis Time!”