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.

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.

 

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.

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

Hoops for Troops

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!

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)
OR
MVP 2016 Application – Nonscholarship
MVP 2016 Scholarship Application

MVP Basketball Camp’s 20th Anniversary

TentMVP Basketball Camp is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this summer and has received a proclamation from the county recognizing 5,000 scholarships granted since inception. The scholarship program has enabled children to attend the camp regardless of financial means, a dream for founder Stanley D. Greene. The camp is very popular among Westchester County residents, but many may be unaware of MVP’s ­­­­unusual history.

Stan Greene’s parents could not afford for Stan to attend summer camp when he was growing up, a fact he never forgot when he started MVP. Stan loved basketball and played on Harvard University’s Varsity team. He had a long and successful business career, then in his retirement he worked as a coach at several basketball camps. He noticed these camps were only for families who could afford to pay the tuition. This is what triggered Stan to create MVP Basketball Camp as a non-profit organization. Stan Green explained his selection of the name of the camp. “MVP usually means ‘Most Valuable Player,’ but at our camp it means ‘Most Valued Person.’ Our goal is to treat each camper as a Most Valued Person. Through the game of basketball we help to guide each camper along the passageway of life’s experience. If we can accomplish that goal, we will consider our efforts rewarded.”

Varsity Skills Academy

For 2013, MVP Basketball Camp has announced a three day Varsity Skills Academy for 14 – 16 year old players developing a varsity-level game. The academy will include separate programs for boys and girls in this age range. For years MVP administered a similar program just for girls which was very well received, but the program ran at the same time and location as a regular MVP camp week and challenged the size of the White Plains Middle School facility. By running its varsity program July 1 – 3 this year when its programs for younger children are not in session, MVP can add a boys varsity division also with plenty of indoor court space for both.

While the final coaching rosters are not set yet, the academy will be led by MVP’s most experienced coaches, including Section 1 head coaches on both the boys and girls side, plus coaches with experience in the college ranks. Unlike a “regular” camp week at MVP, where participants are placed on a team each Monday and play games throughout the week leading up to a playoffs, the academy will features scrimmages rather than games and a stronger emphasis on teaching stations and one on one instruction.

In an effort to provide insight into whether or not this program is right for your son or daughter, our camp brochure states “JV or Varsity experience preferred but not required.”  We recognize that many children who will be 14 years old as of the start of camp are unlikely to have had the opportunity to try out for JV or Varsity yet. As a general rule of thumb, to be ready for this level of instruction younger participants should have significant experience playing organized basketball, most likely in AAU or other travel programs, and have definite plans to try out for JV or Varsity in the near future. Equally important, younger participants should be enthusiastic about the opportunity to challenge themselves against strong competition.

MVP Basketball Camp is known for fun contests, giveaways, and an awards ceremony where everyone is recognized, and these elements of a fun summer camp experience will still be there during the varsity academy. However, the emphasis will be on serious skills development.  As always, MVP will offer scholarship awards for this program if parents of deserving children can’t afford camp tuition. The result will be a relatively diverse camper population that allows the serious player to meet and compete against kids from many different cultures and backgrounds.

Staying Cool at MVP

_JH37909Here at “the coolest camp in Westchester” we are doing our best to keep the kids cool during the summer heat. MVP has purchased a misting tent and four misting fans for the outside courts, plus a Portacool Evaporative Cooling Unit for inside use. Check out this video of campers enjoying the tent: Misting Tent

All campers will be inside for a good portion of each day. Regardless of where they are playing, MVP has numerous drink stations set up all around camp that are constantly being refilled. Each station includes two coolers to keep kids hydrated all day. MVP also features many umbrellas on the sidelines of the outdoor courts to shade the kids.

Our outstanding Certified Athletic Trainer can provide sunscreen for any camper that asks. He is also on the ready with ice bags and other supplies for overheated players.

MVP welcomes Jane Haslam Photography

MVP Basketball Camp is excited to announce a new partnership this summer with Jane Haslam Photography. Jane is a specialist in sports photography and will be providing both individual and action photography at all our camps. All the images can be found online at the link below. All parents of 2012 campers should have received the password to access the albums via e-mail and handouts from camp. If you are having trouble accessing the photos please e-mail Noel Muyskens at nmuyskens@mvpbasketballcamp.org

We hope you enjoy browsing the galleries and also please note that you have the option to buy either prints or a range of digital downloads. Best of all you will be helping MVP with every purchase, no matter how small, as a percentage from every sale will be donated back to MVP Basketball Camps.

Finally if you have any queries or requests regarding the photography please contact Jane directly via her website.