At work, Dr. Karin Sadow is the Senior Vice President of Quality for PM Pediatrics, a longtime sponsor of Backyard Sports Cares. At home, she’s “mom” to two community-minded teenagers who enthusiastically volunteer their time with us.
“We want PM Pediatrics to really be a resource for families,” said Karin. “We’re here to meet medical needs, but it’s important to be able to introduce our patients and families to other opportunities and be there for the community. Backyard Sports Cares creates wonderful sports experiences for children who otherwise would not get to participate, and we really want to help with that in any way we can.”
Karin’s son Jake started volunteering with BYSC last year, when he was a junior in high school. In fact, he was integral to helping us launch our after school program at Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle, because he recruited a large group of soccer teammates – and even two young ladies from the girls soccer team – to work with children each week for nearly three months. “We do community service a lot, but it’s usually just a one-time thing,” explained Jake. “This was a consistent weekly opportunity to get to know my teammates in a different setting, which was really nice.”
Dylan, Karin’s freshman daughter, stepped up to help the elementary school students learn about lacrosse, in the hopes that it will spark an interest and lead to expanded access in the district. Up to 20 girls at a time joined Dylan and a few of her teammates for three sessions where they learned the basics, including how to scoop, throw and catch. Dylan shared that the younger girls were often smiling ear to ear, enjoying the drills but also the one-on-one time in the gym, playing music, chatting and making up cheers. She hopes to continue and expand the program next year.
It’s the mission of Backyard Sports Cares to help underserved and special needs youth gain skills, confidence and so much more through high quality sports programming, and we can only do it with the support of the community. We are immensely grateful to PM Pediatrics and the Sadow family for being our partner in this critical work.