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 organized sports experience.
“Backyard Sports Cares’ unique sports philosophy and programs, like this one, are necessary to build connections among parents and kids from all backgrounds,” said Jeff Ackerman, co-executive director, Elmwood Foundation. “We happily endowed BYSC because their programs are vital to the healthy physical development and emotional maturation of our next generation.”
Boys and girls, aged 9-11, from the following schools, will engage in weekly soccer practice at their home schools. Games will takes place every Saturday at Purchase College, refereed by local high school students.
1. PS 89 (Bronx)
2. Westhab afterschool community center (Yonkers)
3. Jefferson Elementary (New Rochelle)
4. Trinity Elementary (New Rochelle)
5. Columbus Elementary (New Rochelle)
6. Mamaroneck Avenue School (White Plains)
7. Mamaroneck Avenue School (Mamaroneck)
8. Mt. Vernon Recreation Dept.