Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) has earned finalist status to potentially win Gannett Media’s A Community Thrives grant. To qualify as a grant finalist, BYSC had to raise $3,000 via a Crowdrise Campaign. The organization has exceeded that goal by raising more than $4,000 in three weeks — four days in advance of the campaign cutoff.
“We are deeply grateful, but not surprised by the support and generosity of the Westchester communities in which we serve,” said Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares. “Every kid deserves to play sports and parents should not have to say no to their children because access to sports is unaffordable.”
If BYSC is fortunate enough to win this generous grant, the proceeds would go directly into supporting the organization’s mission of delivering quality sports programs to the local communities in greatest need. Specifically, the money would fund and grow the BYSC Soccer and Basketball Leagues, which provide a travel team type experience for 4th and 5th grade boys and girls living in Westchester’s economically disadvantaged communities.
Thanks to all our supporters, players, parents, and friends for your help in getting us to the finals! Visit our Crowdrise campaign here and please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @backyardsportscares.
James Fitzpatrick, former BYSC teen mentor and “Red Shirt” alum, comes back to visit PLUS program athletes, including his brother Kyle. We chatted with James Fitzpatrick this past weekend when he came to pick up brother, Kyle, from our Sunday program for special needs athletes. Now a Geometry and Spanish teacher at Iona Prep, James … Continue reading “Brothers find connection through BYSC Program for Special Needs Athletes”
This past week, the New York Times published a story about the decline in youth soccer participation in the US. According to the report, over the past three years, the percentage of 6- to 12-year-olds playing soccer regularly has dropped nearly 14 percent, to 2.3 million players. The number of children who touched a soccer … Continue reading “Youth Soccer Participation has Fallen Sharply — Cost of Entry Among Principle Causes”
Backyard Sports Cares Fall Basketball League for athletes with special needs has exceeded expectations this year. In conjunction with our Basketball program, we featured a GaGa special event that got our kids moving and exposed to non-traditional sports. Check out our video to take part in the action and hear from our awesome teen coaches, Audrey … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Features GaGa Event as Part of Special Needs Basketball League”
BYSC will Use Award to Support the Organization’s Soccer League in 2017 On January 18, 2017, Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) and Linda Breton of BYSC, attended a reception at the Journal News office in White Plains for recipients of grant funding from the Gannett Foundation. Backyard Sports Cares was one of … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Cares Receives Gannett Foundation Grant”
On Saturday, January 30th, a few of the Backyard Sports Junior Board members gathered together at SUNY Purchase to play 6 vs. 6 soccer games with kids ranging from 7-10 who came from all over Westchester County to participate. It was an awesome, fulfilling experience for the coaches and all the kids who were involved. … Continue reading “BACKYARD SPORTS SOCCER TOURNAMENT”
On Sunday, July 12th, more than 100 campers and their families from Camp Shape in New Rochelle, joined the coaching staff at Backyard Sports at Yankee Stadium to watch the New York City Football Club (NYCFC) take on Toronto FC for a home soccer match. Camp Shape is a summer camp in New Rochelle that brings … Continue reading “Camp Shape Families & BYS Have a Blast at NYCFC-Toronto-FC Match at Yankee Stadium”
Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) has launched a new Sports League for middle school and high school kids with special needs. The unique and appropriately competitive 6-week program will run through mid-June with practices and games taking place at Purchase College. In addition to soccer, the league will resume in the fall with other sports, including … Continue reading “BYSC Kicks Off Teen Sports League for Competitive Special Needs Players”
Last week, we proudly launched a new soccer league in partnership with eight elementary schools and community organizations in under-served Westchester and Bronx communities. Generously funded by a grant endowment from the Elmwood Foundation, the program is enabling nearly 200 fourth and fifth-graders a chance to play in a competitive soccer league. For many, it is there first … Continue reading “Gooooooal! BYSC Brings First Soccer League Experience to 8 Westchester Area Schools”