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.

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/

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 – 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.

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.

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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Annual “Ping Pong Madness Fundraiser” Coming April 1

DSC_0635 (3)MVP Basketball Camp’s fifth annual evening of games, food, and drink will benefit MVP’s Youth Development Scholarship Program. Last year’s event raised almost $20,000, which by itself funded 60 of the 300 scholarships that MVP granted to children whose families couldn’t afford summer camp tuition.

Join us Friday, April 1 for socializing, ping pong, and lots of food and drink. The event takes place at the Westchester Table Tennis Center in Pleasantville, NY. We’ll feature great raffle prizes and silent auction items. If you can’t make it, you can still call us at 914-946-1231 in advance and place your bid on a few select auction items including a signed Kevin Durant Thunder jersey and a signed Kristaps Porzingis 16X20 photo.

There will be plenty of special activities for kids at the event including a magician. Attendees can test their skills in one of two ping pong tournaments (one for ages 14 and under and the other for adults.) Or just find an open table and challenge you someone you know to a friendly game.

Although club owner Will Shortz of NPR and NY Times fame will be out of town, we’ll give away signed copies of his crossword puzzle books. Other raffle items include $100 gift cards for Tommie Copper merchandise, lift tickets to Thunder Ridge for next winter, and plenty of gift certificates for local restaurants. The event will run from 6:30pm until 10pm. In case of snow, the reschedule date will be Sunday of that same weekend with a little earlier start and end time.

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On-line Event Registration

If you can’t attend, you can make a tax deductible donation online anytime and help us keep founder Stan Greene’s vision alive. MVP has never turned away a camper due to an inability to pay, although we only accept students who demonstrate effort in the classroom.

6-8 Year Olds Programs

New and Secure Online Registration Process

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Welcome to MVP’s brand new website, which features an all-new online registration system on an encrypted SSL server. Whether you use this function or prefer the traditional pen and paper exercise, you will find that MVP has consolidated several processes into one.

There will no longer be a need for a separate “Health and Release Form.” Just be sure you fill in the required fields on the online form, or give us the information we ask for on the paper form, and we will have all the medical information we need to make sure your camper is safely in the hands of our well-trained staff and highly qualified certified athletic trainer.

Scholarship applicants will also find an all-in-one process without the need for separate forms for enrollment and scholarship request . You can also now use the online system to submit information if you prefer that over our paper form. However, you will still be asked to mail, fax, or email documentation of income and a letter of recommendation separately and you must wait for verbal confirmation that your scholarship has been granted before any weeks can be reserved and any additional non-scholarship weeks can be paid for at our new 25% off price.

Here are the links you need

Online Form (for both scholarship and non-scholarship applicants)
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MVP 2016 Application – Nonscholarship
MVP 2016 Scholarship Application