About MVP Camp
MVP Basketball Camp's Mission
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.
Since inception in 1994, more than 25,000 children have attended MVP basketball Camp and more than 6,000 have received full scholarships. No deserving child has ever been turned away simply due to an inability to afford camp tuition. You can support this mission by making a tax-deductible online donation.
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. "MVP" typically stands for "Most Valuable Player," but at this camp "MVP" signifies "Most Valued Person" because there is so much more to basketball, and for that matter to life, than being the high scorer. MVP uses basketball to teach goal setting, fair play, leadership, perseverance, and hard work in order to make the most of each camper's individual talents.
By all accounts, MVP Basketball Camp has been extremely successful in instilling these qualities. Testimonials from parents and campers abound, and over the years numerous articles in papers like the New York Times, The Journal News, and the Scarsdale Inquirer have extolled the unique virtues of MVP. In 2013 Westchester Magazine named MVP "Best Sports Camp in Westchester," writing "For kids, MVP is about nonstop fun, great exercise, and wonderful new friends." Thanks largely to its outstanding coaches and guest speakers, MVP Basketball Camp has realized the promise in founder Stan Greene's favorite quote, "the world may be better because you were important in the life of a child."
MVP's Scholarship Program really sets it apart. Many camps offer a handful of scholarships each summer, but it's rare to find a camp where more than 25% of the camper population pays no tuition. Fundraising events, corporate and private donations, and internally generated funds fund these scholarships. In addition to taking scholarship applications from the general public, MVP has formed a growing number of partnerships with social service agencies to offer scholarships through organizations such as Westhab, Westchester Jewish Community Services, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Mt. Vernon and Northern Westchester, the Theodore D. Young Community Center, and Andrus Children's Center. For more information about how to apply for a scholarship, visit our Scholarship Awards page.
MVP also believes that under-resourced children from the area's least affluent communities are not the only ones who deserve scholarship help, and they have been proactive in responding to numerous needs in the community. In the wake of the World Trade Center tragedy, MVP launched the "Firefighter's Fund" in conjunction with the New York City Fire Commissioner, a program that allowed relatives of firefighters lost on 9/11 to attend camp on full scholarship. In 2005, MVP started a new initiative called Hoops for Troops, which provides relatives of soldiers the opportunity to attend MVP free of charge. In 2009, Hoops for Troops formed a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project to extend opportunities to the children of those veterans who have been wounded in action.
MVP Basketball Camp celebrated its 20th year in 2014 with proclamations from both White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach and County Executive Bob Astorino. MVP is thankful for tremendous support of the community, and extremely grateful for its superlative coaching staff and hard-working administrative staff. MVP continues to work tirelessly to preserve Stan Greene's legacy.
The Legacy of Stan Greene
Stanley D. Greene, a man who cared deeply about his country and his community, never forgot the fact that his parents could not afford to pay for summer camp when he was growing up. Stan passed away in December of 2009, leaving MVP Basketball Camp as his proudest legacy.
Stan interrupted his retirement to found MVP in 1994. A former marketing executive and an avid lover of the game of basketball. Stan used the saying "the world may be better because you were important in the life of a child" to rally community support for his project. His vision was to create the first not-for-profit basketball camp in Westchester County in hopes of extending opportunities to youngsters less fortunate. MVP was immediately recognized as a 501(c)3 organization by both the Internal Revenue Department and the State of New York.
Stan is survived by his wife Gingie and son Andy who serve on MVP's Board of Directors, plus daughters Lynn and Susan. Four of his grandchildren have attended camp. Stan would be very proud to know that the number of annual scholarships continues to grow. You can support this ongoing mission by making an online contribution.