MVP Celebrates Its 25th Year With an After Camp Party

County Executive George Latimer with the campers. Camp Executive Director Noel Muyskens with two Hoops for Troops Scholarship parents.

On Thursday, July 18th, MVP rolled out the red carpet and welcomed the community to help it celebrate its 25 years of hosting basketball camps in Westchester.  County Executive George Latimer opened the festivities with a proclamation celebrating MVP’s contributions to the community, including giving over 7000 scholarship weeks to deserving children from the area.  The mayor of White Plains, Thomas Roach, also stopped by to offer his congratulations as did the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Ricca.

Campers and parents participated in basketball competitions and won prizes from MVP’s generous sponsors: HSS, The Hospital for Special Surgery; The Westchester Knicks; Luke Guanzon, Refinery Strength and Conditioning.  After creating an appetite through the basketball activity, parents and campers visited Walter’s Hot Dogs and Steve’s Ice Cream food trucks outside the gym.  They may have been the biggest hit at the party.  Although the dance contest at the end of the night was certainly memorable.   MVP’s own celebrity coach / DJ, Nizam Singletary, cranked up the energy throughout the afternoon.  A special thank you to Jane Haslam Photography.

MVP Basketball Camp is a 501©3 organization that relies on grants and individual donations to provide its mission.  Each summer we have the goal to offer 300 scholarships to deserving campers.  Thanks to your generosity, we have never missed our target.  If you are in a position to help us provide opportunities please call the camp at 914-946-1231 or visit our donation page:  https://mvpbasketballcamp.org/product/online-donation/

First time at camp: here’s what you need to know

Hoops for Troops

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

  • Medications: MVP’s certified athletic 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 the trainer to administer the medication if need be.  If you do not have medication for your child, no other health documentation is necessary.
  • Sunscreen: All age groups will be outside for a portion of the day at  our White Plains camp location 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. [The Rye camp will be indoors.  Students will have an option to practice on an outdoor court during rest time.]
  • Attire: Campers should attend the first day wearing shorts, sneakers, and a t-shirt. On the first Monday of each week, all campers will receive two MVP team t-shirts for wear the rest of the week.  Baseball hats are discouraged as they hinder peripheral vision.
  • 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.
  • Snacks: MVP provides lunch each day, but it is optional whether or not you’d like to send you camp with additional snacks. 
  • Backpacks:  Older students prefer keeping slides, water bottles, sweat towels, and phones in their own back pack.  Students should keep these bags labled with their name and within their proximity.  MVP doesn’t encourage campers bring valuables to camp; they can use the camp phone if there is an emergency.
  • 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 or pepperoni pizza
    • Tuesday: Chicken Tenders
    • Wednesday: McDonald’s burgers
    • Thursday: Plain or pepporoni pizza
    • Friday: Italian subs, choice of ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, turkey no cheese, Just cheese (veggie lunch). Mayo and mustard on the side.
    • We’ll put out fresh fruit, too.
    • If you have allergies or do not like the lunch we provide, then please provide your own lunch.  We have refrigerators for brown bag lunches, 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. There is not a lot of time to play video games and we understand that it is difficult to separate a millenial from his / her phone.  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.
  • Weather:  If it rains in White Plains, camper court time will be reduced.  But we still have organized plans to keep players active and engaged.  Campers will play basketball, just not as much as if we were using our outdoor courts.  If there is extreme heat, our trainer will determine when outside exercise is prohibited (based on heat index).  On hot, playable days, campers will rotate from our indoor courts to our outdoor courts.  Camper safety is our number one priority.  Our trainers are experienced dealing with the summer heat.
  • Code of Conduct:  We have three goals for all of our campers:  have fun, learn basketball, and stay safe.  Feeling safe and being safe depends on camper behavior.
    • Listen to coaching staff.  Our coaches are experienced and they know the rules of the camp and the rules of basketball.  They are also the referees during the games and will do their best to control the game.  If a camper refuses to listen to a coach or walks away from a coach, that camper will have a meeting with the camp director.  A penalty could be missing the first half of a game.
    • Do not leave the camp.  Campers cannot leave the campus and are limited in their movements on campus.  If a camper leaves the campus without permission during the camp day, he / she will be dismissed from the camp without a refund.  If a camper is found in an unsanctioned part of the campus (away from his team / age group), he/she will meet with the camp director and may miss an entire game.
    • Bully-free camp:  Every camper has the right to feel comfortable with who they are and how they play. MVP will not tolerate campers putting their hands on another person in a non-basketball manner.  Campers who throw punches will be dismissed from camp without a refund.  Trash talking will not be tolerated.  Campers who participate in trash talking will lose playing time.  If campers do not feel comfortable because another camper is doing or saying something, they need to report it to their coach, commissioner, or camp director.
  • Drop off and pick up:  New this year, parents will download an emailed MVP placard that they will complete with the last names of the campers in their carpool.  This should be displayed in the driver’s side front window at pick up time.  Our goal is to provide a safe and timely procedure where parents don’t have to leave the car (but they can choose to park also).  Each week, we will have anywhere from 75-125 cars picking up campers between 3:45 – 4:00.  We need parental understanding and patience for the system we have put in place.
    • Resurrection Middle School, 946 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580
      • DROP OFF – Drivers should pull into the entrance and follow signage / camp personnel.  Note: after dropping off camper, car will exit to Milton Road.  Drivers can also drive to the Resurrection Two Year Old Program at 88 Milton Road, park their car and walk across the parking lot to drop off their campers.
      • PICK UP – Drivers can follow the same procedures as above.  Remember to have the MVP placard in the driver’s side window to assist us in delivering your campers to your car.
    • School of the Holy Child, 2225 Westchester Ave, Rye, NY 10580
      • DROP OFF and PICK UP – Follow MVP signage to the field house.  MVP Staff will be in the circle ready to deliver your child to your car.  If you’d like to park, follow signs to the field house parking lot.  Remember to have your placard in your car window.
    • Highlands Campus at White Plains Middle School, 128 Grandview, White Plains, NY 10605 –  NOTE:  This address will take you to the front of the school and a parking lot where you can park your car.  The camp entrance is in the back of the school.
      • DROP OFF and PICK UP – School bus and staff entrance across from 5 Hartsdale Road, White Plains.  There will be MVP signage to highlight the entrance.  Use this entrance to drop off and pick up.  Be patient as there may be a line forming.  If so, patiently fall into line (especially at pick up).  Have the MVP placard in the window of your car.  Some drivers prefer lining up at 3:30 for pick ups.  We will try to start the cars moving by 3:40.  If you pick up at 3:59, you are not late.  Don’t let your kids bully you!  It does take time to safely dismiss 200 campers.

We are glad that you chose to send your child to our camp and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Celebrating our 25th year!!!

This summer MVP Basketball Camp will celebrate its 25th year serving the youth in and around Westchester County!  It’s hard to believe that over 25,000 children have attended our camp over the years; 6000 campers have been given full scholarships.  This was Stan Greene’s mission when he founded the camp in 1994.  As a non-profit camp, MVP’s goal is to bring together the youth from all parts of our diverse community; this includes those children whose families could not afford a camp tuition. (read more about our scholarship program in a previous post).

MVP Basketball Camp has had many locations in our 25 years but the Highlands School in White Plains is our home.  In 1995, we began our mission and story with two weeks of camp at Highlands and two weeks at Greenwich (Ct) High School.  Most of our campers were from Westchester and we formed a great relationship with the White Plains School District, so we settled into the Highlands School for the next decade.  When we looked to expand (north), the Fox Lane Campus in Bedford provided an excellent environment for Northern Westchester youth.  We even spent two summers at North Salem Middle / High School.  Over the last four years, we added the Resurrection School in Rye to our rotation.  When the Highlands school became unavailable, we found courts in White Plains at Ebersol Rink (glad the ice melted!), the Rochambeau School and finally the Eastview School.

We are very proud to be Westchester County’s premiere basketball camp.  We take great pride in bringing Westchester children together each summer and providing opportunities for all children to play and learn in a safe, enjoyable atmosphere.

We look forward to celebrating with you this year!

What’s New in 2019?

MVP Basketball Camp is excited to announce that we are back at the Highlands School in White Plains.  “Highlands” has been MVP’s home since 1995 but we have had to move to other White Plains sites over the last few years because of renovations to the district’s school buildings.   This summer we will be back to the location that we know and love.

The Highlands campus provides us with up to 10 outdoor courts in addition to the two renovated gymnasiums inside.  Another  renovation to the building was to install air conditioning in the cafeteria.  This will provide our campers with a comfortable cooling space when or if the heat becomes unbearable.

This year’s public school calendar has forced us to adjust our camp calendar.  Most public schools are in session until Wednesday, June 26.   The following week is shortened by the July 4th holiday.  Therefore, we will hold a 3 day Skills Academy in Rye from July 1-3.  We will return to Rye August 4-8.  Our Rye facilities are air conditioned which will be perfect for the mid-summer heat.

We look forward to providing another summer of basketball, fun, and friends!

Hoops Madness Fundraiser Coming April 21

At MVP, our mission is to award 300 scholarships every year to deserving children whose parents or legal guardians can’t afford summer camp. For these children MVP is truly a life expanding experience, and we believe the 500 campers from paying families also benefit. In Westchester’s towns and cities, families with significant resources live more and more separate lives from those of modest means, a trend for which sociologists have given a sport’s-related phrase: “the skyboxification of America.” We believe this trend weakens our communities.

We’re calling on all basketball-loving families to support our mission. Spend the evening of Sat., April 21 at MVP’s Hoops Madness family night at the School of the Holy Child, 2225 Westchester Ave. in Rye. Enjoy great food at the event and enter basketball contests for the whole family. Your support, no matter how small or large, is an investment in our children and in the communities where we live. We also invite you to make a donation in lieu of attending if you can’t make the event.

Ticket Prices (plus links to online enrollment below):
Admission is just $15 per person or $50 for a family of four or more, in advance or at the door. The admission price includes food, soft drinks, beer, and wine. There is an additional $10 charge per basketball contest entered. We encourage you to buy punch-cards for multiple entries into these contests.

Contests will include Free Throw and 3-point Shooting and will be organized by age group including an adult division.There will also be a parent/child two-ball skills competition. Anyone can enter an event more than once to try to improve their score and qualify for great prizes at the end of the night.

We also have Corporate sponsorship levels and gladly accept in-kind donations for food, drink, raffle, and auction items. Please call Camp Director John Nemsick at (914) 262-9988 for more information.

Buys tickets, punch-cards, and more here: 
Hoops Madness Online Registration
Make an online donation in lieu of attending

What’s New in 2018

2018 will feature the same great coaches and guest speakers, the same fun contests and game play, and the same awards ceremony at the end of each week where special achievements are highlighted and every camper is recognized as a ‘Most Valued Person.” But there will be a few changes that will help MVP keep it’s reputation as the best sports camp in Westchester:

  1. Rye Resurrection School will again host camps at the end of June and during the July 4th holiday week. The holiday week offering will be slightly different in 2018. With July 4 falling on a Wednesday, our annual Skills Academy for more experienced 11 – 16 year old boys and girls we will feature a 2-day Academy July 2 – 3 that focuses on individual skills, and then another 2-day Academy July 5 – 6 that is centered on team concepts, both defensive and offensive. Parents may choose either or both sessions.
  2. There will not be a camp in Northern Westchester. We will split our June 25 week between Rye and White Plains this year instead of Rye and Bedford, with the co-ed 6 – 8, girls 9 – 13, and boys 9 – 10 in Rye and the boys 11 – 16 in White Plains. There will be busing back and forth between the two schools.
  3. MVP will move its White Plains venue from the Highlands Middle School to the Eastview Middle School. Unlike Highlands, where one of the inside gyms is very small, Eastview features two gyms that are both large enough for cross-court play, thereby increasing the indoor capacity by 25%. Outdoors we’ll feature newly resurfaced courts and a few brand new portable baskets to compliment the existing courts.
  4. Older girls ages 9 and up will again have the choice of playing in their own separate division during our June 25 week and during our skills academies in Rye, or playing in co-ed divisions during our White Plains weeks. Last year’s trial of four fully co-ed weeks in White Plains was very successful for more experienced female players. It is our recommendation that girls 9 and up who are relatively new to the game should choose the June 25 – 29 week.
Boys Basketball Camp Programs Boys ages 9 – 16 years

Best Camp Pictures

Pictures from MVP Basketball Camp

Here are some of the best MVP Camp pictures from years past. 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.

MVP’s “One Word Answer” Video

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.

 

Tee It Up Fore Kids

As the cost of renting great facilities rises dramatically, MVP basketball Camp has to find new ways to support it’s large scholarship program without raising tuition on paying campers. So MVP Executive Director and avid golfer Noel Muyskens is launching MVP’s first golf outing at the prestigious Fenway Golf Club in Scarsdale, NY, along with the support of board members and friends in the Westchester Business Council.

If you like to play golf, you’ll love this A.W. Tillinghast design located less than two miles from MVP’s primary summer facility. The event will kick off on October 11, 2017 with lunch at 11:30 and end with a happy hour including awards and a brief presentation on MVP’s mission. 2017 will mark the 23rd year for the camp and the 10th consecutive year with more than 300 scholarship weeks awarded to under-resourced children.

Please follow this link to sign up for our Tee It Up Fore Kids event.

 

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 and Bedford locations: Rye Resurrection and Fox Lane High School will be the host sites for our early June 26 full-week camp. Boys 9-10, Co-ed 6-8, and Girls 9-13 will be in Rye, while the Boys 11-12 and 13-16 divisions will be in Bedford. Parents can use either site as the drop-off and pick-up location for all campers. A bus will leave Rye at 8:25 each morning to go to Fox Lane, and then pick-up northern Westchester kids at 8:50 to go to Rye. At the end of the day campers in Rye will be dropped back at Fox Lane by around 4:05, and then campers at our northern facility will get back to Rye around 4:35.
  • 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 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.