Welcome to 2021!

I am very excited and hopeful for 2021!  There are positive signs that the youth sports world is safely opening up.  We know more about this pandemic and we know have to safely conduct activities.  MVP Basketball Camp will be ready this spring and summer to bring basketball fun to your children.

This spring we will continue our very successful Home Court Advantage program.  MVP coaches will come to your driveway to give 60-90 minute workouts with your children and their friends (minimum 4 in a group and you must have a basketball hoop).

We have planned for six weeks of summer camp at our Highlands Middle School campus.  This is our traditional full day camp for children 6-15 years old.  Each session is coed grouping except for our August 2-6 week.  We will have a 9-13 year old, girls division.

New this summer, MVP will introduce our Little Hoopers program.  This is an introduction to basketball for 4-5 year olds.  These sessions will take place Monday-Thursday each week from 9:30-11:30.

Registration will begin on January 31st with a 5% early bird discount.  Full refunds will be given through June, if you are not comfortable with your child attending camp.

MVP Knows That Black Lives Matter

Mission statement: MVP is a nonprofit organization affording youth from all backgrounds the opportunity to build basketball and life skills in a fun-filled environment that celebrates diversity.

At MVP Basketball Camp, Black lives matter because those lives are part of our basketball community as campers and coaches.  The MVP mission evolved from the belief that in our increasingly fragmented society it is more and more difficult for children from different socioeconomic backgrounds to meet and share an experience together.  Since 1994, over 25,000 children have attended MVP Basketball Camp and close to 8,000 of them have attended because of scholarship opportunities.  We have used the phrase “blending zip codes” to describe what we do for Westchester County residents.  So much of the county is divided socioeconomically.  Children rarely have opportunities to play with children from other towns.  At MVP Basketball Camp. we bring together the youth from all different communities so that they can play basketball together for a week during the summer.  During a typical week, they learn that people who look different have the same interests.  They play basketball together; at lunch they discuss their passions like video games, favorite athletes, and music.  They find out that they have so much in common.  And when they leave camp, they have personal experiences that are fruitful to help to grow tolerance and understanding.  We hope that these interactions also help to break down stereotypes that might be perpetuated through adults in our society and we support everyone who is fighting against racial injustice and promoting equity for all.

Hope is a good start, but we also must ask ourselves how can we not just be reactive to current events but be more supportive to our communities of color?   At MVP Basketball Camp, besides the commonalities of basketball, we bring together different ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and genders.  Additionally, we attempt educate our campers through our guest speakers. These carefully chosen individuals / groups, which include the police department, fire department, doctors, nutritionists, athletic trainers, and physical therapists, share their knowledge and experience incorporating those life skills that they learned through their careers. By educating our campers through shared experiences, we must make them aware of their similarities and teach them to respect and value their differences.  Ultimately the goal is to help all our youth to understand the humanity of our neighbors.

We value our Black community because they enrich our whole community.  We will continue our mission and work toward providing opportunities for children to play across town lines, to learn from each other and about each other.  We hope our efforts will help to open ALL doors of opportunity for Black lives.  Please join us to make our community better.

Congrats to our MVP family

The Section 1 boys basketball coaches recently announced their First Team All Lower Hudson honorees and three of the six award winners are part of the  MVP Basketball Camp family.   We congratulate Quion Burns, from White Plains High School, Quinn Kelly from Rye High School, and Jayshen Saigal from Scarsdale High School.

Quion Burns spent many summers as a camper.  He volunteered his time as a Coach in Training last summer and will officially transition to a coach this summer. “Q” reflected fondly on his summers at MVP.  “That’s the one thing I love about MVP, the coaches aren’t just there to hang out, they genuinely love the kids and the game, and it shows.”

Quinn Kelly also spent multiple summers as a camper at MVP.  From ages 9-12, Quinn was a fixture at Highlands on the outdoor courts.  He enjoyed the competition and comaraderie at camp.  Quinn mentioned that he often met  campers from other towns throughout the winter during the regular basketball season.

Jayshen never attended camp but he did volunteer for the MVP Junior Board, a group of dedicated high school students whose mission is to raise money for scholarship campers.  In that role Jayshen said, “the work ethic of the junior board members was outstanding as everyone was working hard to raise money to give more kids opportunities.”

We truly congratulate these three fine athletes but we are even more proud of their character and how they help support MVP’s mission.  You can read more about their basketball feats here.

Thanks to the Westchester Community Foundation

MVP Basketball Camp received a $1400 grant to provide scholarships for our Youth Development Scholarship Program.  At least six children from the Coachman Family Shelter, in White Plains, will be awarded scholarships for one week at MVP Basketball Camp this summer.   These funds originated from The Linville Fund and The W. Lee Tuller Memorial Fund.

Westchester Community Foundation’s mission is to connect generous people to the causes they care about and invest in transformative ideas and organizations to improve lives and strengthen our community.  WCF is a division of The New York Community Trust, one of the largest community foundations in the country, with assets over $2.6 billion.  To learn more about WCF, visit their website at http://www.wcf-ny.org

This grant was made possible by the Westchester Community Foundation, a division of The New York Community Foundation.