Sports for Youth, an initiative of UJA-Federation of New York, affirms the healing effect of sports on youngsters by enabling children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds, as well as all ages and athletic abilities, to enjoy sports.
Sports for Youth provides grants for programs at UJA-Federation’s network of nearly 100 beneficiary agencies throughout the five boroughs, Westchester, and Long Island, and select projects overseas.
Local agencies eligible for Sports for Youth funding include JCCs, Ys and camps, as well as human-service agencies with sports-related programs.
Sports for Youth programs benefit more than 12,000 children. Funded projects include refurbishing basketball courts, swimming pools, tennis courts, and other sports facilities, as well as providing necessary sports and safety equipment, sports programming, and health and sports education.
Sports for Youth Committee
If you’re a senior level executive working in sports, the Sports for Youth Committee allows you to spearhead programs, make decisions about events, and connect with other philanthropic professionals. Contact Danielle Zalaznick for more details. Sports for Youth Committee members are voted onto the committee and make a minimum gift of $1,800 to UJA’s 2016 Annual Campaign.
Sports for Youth Team Members
If you’re a young professional in the sports business, this exclusive group gives you the opportunity to directly access top experts and industry professionals, connect with other young professionals, attend the Sports for Youth Annual Luncheon, and much more. Sports for Youth team memberships are open to young professionals who make a minimum gift of $1,100* to UJA-Federation of New York’s 2016 Annual Campaign.
Sports for Youth Annual Luncheon
Each year, Sports for Youth celebrates a professional dedicated to leadership, philanthropy, and bringing sports to underprivileged children. Honorees include:
- Howard Katz
- Christine Driessen
- The Lazarus Family: John, Mark, Craig & Peter
- Michael Levine
- Joe Steranka
- Russell Wolff
- Dick Ebersol
- Gary B. Bettman and Linda Cohn
- Brett Yormark and Kenneth Podziba
- Don Garber
- Donna Orender
- Mark Shapiro
- Willis Reed
- Joe Torre
- Craig Masback
Exclusive Briefing and Panel Series
These intimate discussions feature leaders in the field of sports who share their visions, ideas, and insights on the current state of their industry.
- Lisa Baird, United States Olympic Committee
- David Berson, CBS Sports
- Chris Bevilacqua, Bevilacqua Helfant Ventures
- Neil Glat, New York Jets
- David Levy, Turner Broadcasting System
- Jon Miller, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network
- Mike Reisman, Velocity Sports & Entertainment
- Lewis Sherr, United States Tennis Association
- Russell E. Wolff, ESPN International
- Gary Zenkel, NBC Olympics NBC Sports Group