Tournament raises $80,000 to support valued sports activity programs in Westchester benefitting thousands of at-risk and special needs kids
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“I am deeply grateful and moved by the generous support of our sponsors, donors, and families who have committed financially and of their time to be part of this important event,” said Danny Bernstein, executive director, Backyard Sports Cares. “The funds raised at this event will help us to keep vital community sports programs in place that we run through the Youth Shelter of Westchester, White Plains Youth Bureau, Mount Vernon Boys & Girls Club, Special Needs Young Athletes of Westchester, among many others.”
We are especially grateful to our tremendous sponsors, Advocate Brokerage, Fidelis Care, NYSMI, PM Pediatrics, and Valerie Wilson Travel. Special thanks and shoutout to Steiner Sports for securing the star power of Doc Gooden for the event; Meagan Dwyer Sports Photography for providing stunning action images of the day, and Crown Award Trophies for furnishing our players with trophies to commemorate the tournament and their participation.
Congrats to ALL of our Competitors!
There are too many names to list, and too many thanks to give for the awesome teamwork, leadership and generosity that the 150+ players brought to the game on Sunday, October 14th! Terrific job guys! Please visit our Facebook Page here to view the complete album of all the players.
Doc Gooden Cheers on Players and Offers Advice to Teens from the Youth Shelter of Westchester
Legendary NY Met and Yankees pitcher, Dwight (Doc) Gooden, joined the 5th annual 3 vs. 3 Basketball Tournament to cheer on teams ranging from high school students and young professionals to an over 45 division. The night before the event, Doc spent time with Danny Bernstein and a dozen young men from the Youth Shelter of Westchester, a therapeutic and educational program that serves as an alternative to incarceration for teens in Westchester County.
“I had the pleasure of speaking with some teens at the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester about changing one’s life around,” said Doc Gooden. “Getting a second chance and taking advantage of it — I’ve been there. I was a World Series Champ and I’ve also been to prison. Things happen so quickly in life. Young people make mistakes, but once you’re given a second chance, it’s what you do with it to move forward. There’s no such thing as a bad kid. There are bad decisions. The important thing is to be accountable for your mistakes and learn, so you turn a mess into a message.”
Special needs athletes got their game on during half time where they played a variety of games, including basketball.
“My son Gabe has been involved with Backyard Sports Cares Plus Program for special needs athletes for seven years,” said Craig Mineard, Scarsdale parent. “He’s 17 now, and we have seen amazing social growth and coordination as a result of his participation, but more importantly, Gabe is happy being part of a team.”
Thank you to Vin Minotti, our extraordinary coach, as well as Bobby C., our event emcee and host of Bronxnet’s Sports Round Up with Bobby C.