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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Spotlight On Our North Salem Camp Week

 

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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.

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2016 – Best Lineup of Locations Ever!

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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.

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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.

 

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What To Bring, What We Provide (Yogurt compliments of Dannon)

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Whether you are joining in Northern Westchester, Rye, or White Plains, use this checklist to make sure you are prepared for a fun-filled week of basketball!

  • Medications: The MVP trainer will collect any medications every Monday morning. When you drop off your camper, please come inside to drop off the medication and sign a consent form for our Certified Athletic Trainer to administer the medication if need be.
  • Sunscreen: All age groups will be outside for a portion of the day at all our camp locations this summer, although no age group will be outside more than half the day and in some locations certain age groups will only be outside for short periods of time. It will be important for children to be protected when they are outside. Our trainer will have sunscreen on hand if necessary. Please call (914) 946-1231 if you’d like to find out what portion of the day your camper will be exposed to the sun.
  • Attire: Each camper will receive two MVP team t-shirts. Campers should wear gym shorts and any t-shirt that they can change out of on Day 1. After the first day, they must wear the MVP t-shirt. Please wear sneakers.
  • Water bottle: Campers should bring a water bottle with their name on it to minimize the need for cups. Campers will have access to water stations on the sidelines of game areas. You are welcome to send other drinks and/or snacks as well if you choose.
  • Lunch Program The plan is for this program to be the same as in past years but it is subject to change as we get closer to camp:
    • Monday: Plain pizza
    • Tuesday: Pasta and sauce (no meat) – may vary by week
    • Wednesday: McDonald’s burgers
    • Thursday: Plain pizza
    • Friday: Italian subs, choice of ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, turkey no cheese. Mayo and mustard on the side
    • We’ll put out Dannon yogurt and bananas for those who want them.
    • We have refrigerators for brown bag lunches if you prefer, but no microwave.
    • Gatorade will be served with lunch
  • What not to bring:There are no lockers and MVP cannot be responsible for anything brought by the camper. This includes cell phones and other electronic devices. Campers leave their bags all around the campus and we have had incidents of phones going missing, so we encourage you to consider letting our staff handle communications between you and your campers. You can call us anytime at (914) 946-1231.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Will Shortz Appearance to Benefit MVP Scholarship Fund

NY Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz has become famous to puzzle solvers across America, as well as weekend NPR listeners who hear his voice regularly. But Will’s association with MVP Basketball Camp started because of his other passion, ping pong.

Will owns the Westchester Table Tennis Center, a 14,000 square foot facility with 19 tables that MVP has called home to its annual Ping Pong Madness fundraiser since 2011. According to an article in Sports Illustrated, Will has not missed playing ping pong one day since October 3, 2012, when the club he visited during a trip to Croatia closed early before he got there.

Now Will Shortz has graciously chosen MVP Basketball Camp as his charity of choice to benefit from an event sponsored by the Journal News. The puzzle master will play interactive games with the audience for one hour prior to a special showing of the documentary film “Word Play” at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on Central Avenue in Yonkers. Advance tickets can be purchased at https://tickets.lohud.com/

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