Ping Pong Madness 2017

MVP Basketball Camp is all about fun programing for kids, and even the annual fundraiser to support camp scholarships is tailored to the whole family. Think golf or bowling outing except its organized around a paddle and a ping pong ball. And who doesn’t love ping pong?

Famed New York Times Crossword Puzzle editor Will Shortz hosts this event at his world class Westchester Table Tennis Center in Pleasantness, NY. This year’s date is Friday, March 31 from 6:30 – 10pm. Play all night if you like, and join one of our tournaments if you want to compete for prizes, or just hang out where the food and drinks are served and meet the great people who run this award-winning basketball camp.

You can also meet a few of the kids you benefit through your support of this event; some of the three hundred under-resourced campers who receive an entire week of summer camp at no cost through MVP’s Scholarship Program.  Our founder Stan Greene was fond of saying, “The world may be better because you were important in the life of a child.” Today I think we can take that one step further. “Tomorrow’s adults may be better because you were important in bringing together children from vastly different economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds.”

Tickets for the event are $40 for adults, $20 for children, or $100 for an entire family. The event will feature silent auction and raffle items. Even if you can’t attend the event, consider sponsoring a child, buying our “Make the Assist” clothing, or jumping into our NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge for just $10 per bracket (must be in by noon on March 16). All these items can be bought at one site:

https://mvpbasketballcamp.org/product/ping-pong-madness-fundraiser/

What’s New in 2017?

2017 is here, and the leadership and coaches at MVP couldn’t be happier. The renovations at our main facility are finished and we are anxious to reap the benefits. Here are the changes that will impact MVP’s award-winning basketball camp in this, our 23rd season:

  • News about our White Plains weeks: Our main four weeks in White Plains will be hosted exclusively at Highlands Middle School from July 10-Aug. 4. (No secondary Delfino Park location this year)
  • News about our Rye facility: Rye Resurrection will be the host site for our early June 26 full-week camp as well as the holiday week skills camp we started last summer.  Only Boys 9 – 12 will be playing at this location during this June week, but parents can also use this site to access free busing for co-ed 6 – 8 year olds, girls 9 – 13, and boys 13 – 16, who will be playing at Highlands in White Plains.
  • News about our Rye “Skills Academy:” This camp for motivated and experienced 11 – 16 year old boys and girls will take place July 5 – 7 during this holiday week. We will hold the line at 100 campers total to ensure plenty of practice time for all, and outdoor courts will be utilized as well as the air-conditioned gyms.
  • News for northern Westchester families: There will be no Northern Westchester location this summer, but a FREE bus from the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco can transport campers to our central Westchester locations during the June 26 – 30 week for boys 6 – 16 and girls 6 – 13. (No North Salem or Fox Lane locations this year)
  • News for female campers: We still offer programs for girls of all abilities ages 6 – 16, but the choices vary by week. All five-day camps can accommodate girls ages 6 – 8 in our co-ed group. Only our first week, June 26 – 30, will feature a girls-only division for 9 – 13 year olds of all ability levels. Only our three-day Skills Academy will feature a girls-only division for experienced 11 – 16 year olds. During our final four weeks, July 10 – Aug. 4 in White Plains, experienced female players will be placed in the appropriate boys age group if they wish to be challenged in this way, but MVP will not offer a separate division just for older girls.

Best Pictures – Highlands 2016

Here are some of the best 2016 MVP Basketball Camp pictures from the four weeks at Highlands Middle School for co-ed 6 – 8 year olds, girls 9 and up, and boys 13 – 16. Click on any picture to see the full image and then you’ll be able to use the forward and back arrows to scroll and the play button to view as a slideshow.

Best Pictures – Delfino Park 2016

Here are some of the best 2016 MVP Basketball Camp pictures from the four weeks at Delfino Park for boys 9 – 12 plus a few of our best female payers who payed with the boys the final week. Click on any picture to see the full image and then you’ll be able to use the forward and back arrows to scroll and the play button to view as a slideshow.

Best Pictures – Rye Week 2016

Here are some of the best MVP Basketball Camp pictures from the 2016 Rye Skills Academy that took place the week of July 5 – 8 for boys and girls 11 – 16. Click on any picture to see the full image and then you’ll be able to use the forward and back arrows to scroll and the play button to view as a slideshow.

Best Pictures – North Salem 2016

Here are some of the best MVP Basketball Camp pictures from the 2016 North Salem camp that took place the week of June 27 – July 1 for boys 9 – 16. Click on any picture to see the full image and then you’ll be able to use the forward and back arrows to scroll and the play button to view as a slideshow.

Boys Basketball Camp Programs Boys ages 9 – 16 years

Best Pictures 2005 through 2015

Here are some of the best MVP Camp pictures from 2005 through 2015. Click on any picture to see the full image and then you’ll be able to use the forward and back arrows to scroll and the play button to view as a slideshow.

Spotlight On Our North Salem Camp Week

 

Image copyright Jane Haslam Photography 2015

Former NBA Referee Ronnie Nunn

Even with county-wide accolades like a Best of Westchester Award and a twentieth anniversary proclamation from County Executive Bob Astorino, MVP is hardly a household name in the northern reaches of the county. Yet for the second consecutive year MVP is offering a late June week in North Salem for boys ages 9 – 16 with free busing from Mount Kisco and White Plains. Executive Director Noel Muyskens explains why:

“First and foremost, the North Salem High School and Middle School complex is just a great venue,” Muyskens says. “It has two full-sized gyms across the hall from each other, plus outdoor courts for running teaching stations while the kids get a little fresh air. Even the cafeteria, where MVP serves lunch that comes with the package, is just down the hall from the gyms. And unlike some of our more congested venues in central and southern Westchester, drop off, pick up, and parking are a snap.”

Former NBA Referee Ronnie Nunn will be the guest speaker on the second day of camp. This Danbury resident, who also served as the head of NBA referees for a while, runs a very entertaining and informative clinic where campers get a refresher on the rules and then get to try their hand at reffing games.

If you think this program will be far less diverse than MVP’s other offerings, think again. Although there are not a lot of under-resourced children in the immediate area surrounding North Salem, MVP will again provide scholarships for children from the the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester as well as Pathways Academy in Danbury, Connecticut.

MVP’s 2015 camp at North Salem was very well received. Somers resident Johanna Townsend, whose son Nate has attended camps in White Plains also, said she thought the competition level was just as good up here. And like many parents of MVP campers, she sees the exposure to diversity as a real plus for her children. When asked about her son playing with kids from other parts of the county, she commented “that’s the best part about MVP in my opinion.”

Scholarship applicants need to send documentation of family income and a letter of recommendation from school in order to be a considered. Space should remain available up until the last minute. There will be four teams in each of three divisions, boys 9 -10, boys 11-12, and boys 13 – 16.

2016 – Best Lineup of Locations Ever!

Image copyright Jane Haslam Photography 2015

MVP will start the summer June 27 up at North Salem High School and Middle School, which features two full sized gyms, one right across the hall from the other. With three age groups there this summer instead of two, the outdoor courts at this facility will also be utilized. Free busing will be provided from Delfino Park in White Plains and from the Boys and girls Club of Northern Westchester in Mount Kisco.

For MVP’s “Skills Academy” the from July 5 – 8, MVP is happy to announce it’s first ever camp located in Rye at the Resurrection School on Boston Post Road. This facility features two air-conditioned gyms plus outside courts, making this an awesome site for MVP.

During its four weeks in White Plains starting July 11, MVP is very pleased to be back at our long-time White Plains facility, the Highlands Middle School. As an added bonus, the larger of the two indoor gyms at Highlands has been completely remodeled.

However, since the smaller Highlands gym is being re-done this summer and won’t be available, MVP is still placing two of its age groups for the White Plains weeks inside Ebersole Ice Rink at Delfino Park. This facility worked out really well last year. Parents and children loved that the space was open-air to allow for cool breezes but covered to keep away a baking sun or sudden shower.

 

To view specific addresses and maps for each location, visit the Camp Locations page on this website.

Watch our new “One Word Answer” Video

During the 2015 camp we asked campers what one word came to mind when they thought of MVP Basketball Camp. Watch their responses in this brief video. We think it substantiates our claim that MVP is not just a place for fun and games (although there is plenty of that!) It’s also a place to develop life skills that can translate to the classroom and beyond.