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Backyard Sports Cares Holds Annual Benefit At Iona Prep In New Rochelle

The Westchester Knicks City dancers will perform during the annual basketball tournament to raise funds for Backyard Sports Cares on April 16. Photo Credit: Backyard Sports Cares
Backyard Sports Cares will hold their annual Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament “Fun”draiser on Saturday, April 16, at Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle Photo Credit: Backyard Sports Cares

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Backyards Sports Careswill host its annual Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament “Fun”draiser on Saturday, April 16, at Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle.

The Westchester-based non-profit provides team oriented sports programs for underserved and special needs children.

Now in its fourth year, the 3-on-3 tournament continues to draw eager basketball enthusiasts, ranging in age and skill level from 15 to 50+, from across the county.

The event, which has raised more than $200,000 over the last three years, is responsible for the sustainability of key sports and recreation programs that help underserved, at-risk and special needs kids experience the joy and character building benefits of team play.

In addition to cheering on their friends and family on the court, attendees will be entertained by dance moves from the Westchester Knicks City Dancers, and several NBA celebrities will make appearances, taking photos, signing autographs and possibly shoot some hoops with participants.

“Last year’s Three-on-Three tournament raised over $70,000,” said Danny Bernstein, Backyard Sports Cares founder and executive director. “These funds helped 60 underserved young athletes participate in ‘Friday Night Tennis,’ enabled 30 Mount Vernon children to experience weekend summer camp, and helped cover travel fees for more than 200 children who otherwise would have been unable to participate in a travel soccer program. This year, we want to raise the bar even higher.”

During the tournament, teams will be divided into four divisions: Open (most competitive), 35 years and older (competitive), Adult Recreation (18 years and older) and High School (grades 9-12).

Games will be played in a round robin format. There are a limited number of teams in all ability levels. Each $1,800 team registration includes three to five players, individual jerseys, hats, bags, food, beverage and more.

To learn more or register a team for the event, click here.

Iona Preparatory School is at 173 Stratton Road. The event runs from 9 3 p.m.

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