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 sponsors is Denise Koslowsky, principal of Advocate Brokerage, which is based in Scarsdale, NY.

LISTEN to our interview with Denise Koslowsky, principal, Advocate Brokerage

BYSC: For folks who don’t know about Advocate Brokerage and what you do, can you give us an overview?

Denise K.:  Sure. We are a property and casualty insurance company and we are home-based in Scarsdale where we were founded. So we serve the tri-state area, but because we’re born and bred, I’m literally born and bred in Scarsdale, we do a lot to support the local community. Our primary client base is basically within a 150-mile radius of Scarsdale, NY. But mostly Westchester is our backyard and we do whatever we can to support our county.

BYSC:  You have been involved with Backyard Sports Cares for some time now. I’d like to dive a little deeper into your mission and how it dovetails with Backyard Sports Cares, as it relates to helping Westchester children and bringing sports programming to those who can’t afford it or are challenged by a disability.

Denise K.:  Well, Danny ingratiated himself to us from the very beginning. I believe my son was in his very first soccer group even before Backyard Sports Cares came to be. His approach to youth sports, which is to deemphasize the competitive aspect and prioritize on fun, skills, and character building, was wonderful and sort of grabbed us from that point on.

Then, I would say we all evolved and grew up together. My son did his mitzvah project with Danny and, of course, he stayed with it and continued to volunteer with Backyard Sports Cares. But the reason that BYSC aligned so much with what we do is Danny just embraced bringing on every family and kid who wanted to help and then connected them with kids in need. Some had special needs or some were at-risk kids. Whatever the connection, he just has this gift of putting people together to improve lives of others and I just love that mission.

We’ve done a lot of that in our personal life. We were very involved with the Greyston Foundation. That was a similar kind of setup where you helped one individual at a time improve their life. So, multiplying that number and seeing five or 10 kids that you personally know go through a life-changing experience, that’s a big deal. We just love what BYSC does.

BYSC: There are a lot of folks out there that maybe can’t wrap their heads around what the 3 vs. 3 event is. If you were going to send a message to those dads out there, what would you say to them? Why is it a good idea for them to sign up and play?

Denise K.: Well, this is another event that I’ve watched grow up over the years. The 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament has always been an amazing day no matter how you slice it.

But now, I think that it’s more about the groups that it’s serving and less about people worrying that it’s going to be a competitive day of sports. I think that it’s just a fun way for people to come out and break a sweat and do something good and fun and meet and greet everybody they’re helping. It’s just going to be an amazing day.


The guru behind the GAGA ball — And BYSC’s Mission GAGA 2018

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When you hear the name Talon Athletics, the sport of GaGa may not spring to mind, but it should. Based on an inspiration by Scott Blumberg and Will Perez more than five years ago, Talon Athletics has grown into the largest supplier of GaGa Pits, protective gloves, as well as the premier host of GaGa … Continue reading “The guru behind the GAGA ball — And BYSC’s Mission GAGA 2018”

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”

Backyard Sports Celebrates 1st Family BBQ Open House

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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”

BYS Brings Fun & Sports to Bits N’ Pieces Day Camp

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The White Plains Youth Bureau Bits N’ Pieces Summer Camp wraps up its 6-week session on August 14th at the Church Street Elementary School in White Plains. Students entering 1st through 5th grade came together from 8:30am to 5:00pm for camp fun and sports activities. Backyard Sports runs a program in collaboration with the White Plains … Continue reading “BYS Brings Fun & Sports to Bits N’ Pieces Day Camp”

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”

BYSC Celebrates Women’s History Month with its Own History Makers

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Meet Extraordinary Women Volunteers of Backyard Sports Cares & Founders of the MHS Backyard Sports Community Club Paulina Paras, BYSC Volunteer and Co-President of MHS Backyard Sports Club Hi, I am Paulina Paras and I’m currently a senior at Mamaroneck High School. I was a freshman when I first got involved with Backyard Sports Cares. Volunteering … Continue reading “BYSC Celebrates Women’s History Month with its Own History Makers”