Backyard Sports Cares uses the power of team sports to positively influence our players and their communities. Our programs serve as a bridge to a diverse group of neighborhoods and cultures. They also are customized to meet the unique needs of each community that we serve.
BYSC Plus offers boys and girls, ages 5-15 that have special needs, a safe and appropriately competitive program to learn and enjoy team sports. The program develops athletic skills and fosters self confidence while stressing the behaviors needed for optimal group cooperation. Our program is unique because we pair each child with either a staff member or a peer volunteer to maximize success and build positive personal relationships. The flagship program takes place at Purchase College and also has been adapted for inclusion in half a dozen onsite after school programs.
Addressing an issue of unsupervised early morning elementary school drop-offs, Backyard Sports provides coaching and equipment for 80+ students to engage in recreational soccer and basketball games prior to the start of the school day. The program has had a transformative effect in the classroom where teachers report better attendance and student participation.
Backyard Sports provides an array of after school sports programs to 125 elementary school students who attend Amazing Afternoons, a comprehensive after school program operated by WJCS. Activities include baseball, soccer, basketball, golf, cheerleading, and yoga. BYSC also has collaborated with other local organizations to secure summer camp scholarships for Amazing Afternoons youngsters.
Since 2009, BYSC has been supplying recreational programs to more than 400 elementary school children throughout the district. Activities include a 30 week ten and under tennis program for all grades, swimming instruction in collaboration with the Purchase College Men’s and Women’s Swim Team and a culminating field day in the Spring. In addition, BYSC serves as the recreational sports specialist for Camp Bits and Pieces, a summer program for the underserved youth of White Plains.
Launched in 2014, BYSC’s Friday Night Community Tennis program is our newest tennis venture. The program offers 80 underserved boys and girls (ages 7-15) from Port Chester, White Plains and New Rochelle an opportunity to learn tennis in a modern tennis facility from seasoned tennis professionals and skilled volunteers. Participants not only are introduced to the skills and rules of the game, they also have a chance to socialize with peers from other communities.
Please call (914) 304-4052 or Click Here to contact us if you would like information on our community partnership opportunities and programs, or if you would like to volunteer.