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 reminisces about his days as a teen mentor.
“Kyle was involved in the program as an athlete a couple of years before I came on board as a teen mentor,” says James. “I attended Iona Prep High School and service was a big part of our requirements. It was a natural fit for me to volunteer for Backyard Sports Cares since my brother was in the program and I felt comfortable working with special needs athletes.”
“Working with kids was something I always seemed to lean toward and participating as a teen mentor with Backyard Sports gave me the experience that helped solidify my career goal to teach.”
Kyle, now 21, says having his big brother around was a great experience, and after participating in the PLUS program for more than 10 years, he still loves it — especially playing basketball with his friends.
This past weekend our Backyard Sports Plus Special Need athletes and coaches were treated to an indoor session of GaGa at Purchase College. The GaGa pits were provided courtesy of Scott Blumberg and Talon Athletics, a local GaGa activity provider and manufacturer of GaGa specialty equipment. The players received progressive skill instruction, including striking a … Continue reading “Backyard Sports+ Special Needs Athletes Play GaGa at SUNY Purchase”
Thanks to our teen coaches and players for a successful start to the Backyard Sports Plus Teen Basketball League. Coach Vin Minotti led the group in clinical instruction followed by inclusive competitive basketball games for the squad. We meet Sunday mornings at 10am at the main gym at Purchase College for all interested teen players and … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Plus Teen Basketball League Gets Going!”
For a second consecutive year, Westchester Family Magazine names Backyard Sports among the publication’s Top 5 Family Favorites for “Special Needs Recreation Programs.” As part of its annual Family Favorites Awards, Westchester Family Magazine surveys thousands of parents to find out who their (and their children’s) favorite service providers are across 47 categories. “We are … Continue reading “BYS Named Family Favorite Again by Westchester Family Magazine”
October 4th marked the opening day of Backyard Sports Cares award-winning PLUS program for athletes with special needs. This fall, BYSC is continuing a new program set up for our growing teen population. Integrated teams comprised of nearly 20 teen boys from the Westchester County area and more than 10 volunteer high school peer mentors scrimmaged against each other … Continue reading “BYSC PLUS Programs Open with a Slam Dunk!”
On September 27th, Backyard Sports Cares (BYSC) played coach and host to more than 35 families at the organization’s first BBQ “Open House”. Hosted at the Saxon Woods Golf Course in Scarsdale, NY, the event served to educate Westchester families about volunteer and funding opportunities available through BYSC. And, more importantly, about 100 moms, dads and … Continue reading “Backyard Sports Celebrates 1st Family BBQ Open House”
Backyard Sports’ programming for children with special needs has been named a 2015 Top 5 Family Favorite by Westchester Family Magazine Readers of Westchester Family Magazine were asked to name their Family Favorites across 37 categories. Thousands of parents weighed in and Backyard Sports was honored as a Top 5 Favorite in the category of … Continue reading “Westchester Family Magazine Recognizes Backyard Sports”
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