Third Annual Tennis Tournament – UPDATE

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The Third Annual Tennis Tournament for the Sophie Gerson Cup was held June 3rd, 2016, from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, at Columbia University’s Dick Savitt Tennis Center, 575 W 218th St, NYC  (Map) We never tire of the energy and enthusiasm our Middle School students bring to this tournament every year.  With the continued hospitality of Columbia University’s Varsity Tennis Coach Howie Edelman and Varsity Team Champs, Richard Pham, Burt Vancour and Shawn Hadavi  with the steady … Continue reading

February 25th Benefit

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  Thursday, February 25th Benefit at 6:00 PM 102 Prince St., 5th Floor Our dear friend Henry Buhl again provided his magnificent art-filled loft for our February 25th Benefit event.  The proceeds support Spring and Summer Programs .  Shown above:  Jessica Kruskamp, Chief Education Officer, New York Junior Tennis & Learning with Ty Grant, Founder, Team First welcoming guests. Photo: Zella Jones.   Honorary Co-Chairs: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz HONORING 2016 YOUTH … Continue reading

The Sierra Club and Croton Gorge Park

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Very early on a nippy Saturday morning 20+ Middle School Students from MS 126 boarded a bus for an outdoor adventure with Sierra Club volunteers.  The destination was Croton Gorge Park, a wilderness experience for these Lower East Side/Chinatown adolescents. Through a special arrangement with Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth the Sierra Club New York Chapter has arranged to conduct a series of outdoor adventures with our students at MS 126 and MS 302 (Bronx) on … Continue reading

NYC Center for Space Science Education Welcomes Our Students

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The NYC Center for Space Science Education at 220 Henry Street will introduce our students from MS 126 and MS 302 to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) this year.  Their program is a leader in this subject. Their lab consists of the Challenger Space Center (40 in the U.S.), and the NASA Aerospace Education Lab (28 centers in U.S.). And this is all made possible by the NASA Space Act Agreement which allows partnering with the community … Continue reading

NDI Summer Recital A Stunner

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On July 23rd, 2015, four SGHY scholarship students from MS 302 in the Bronx participated in a stunning NDI summer recital of dance, song and international culture at the National Dance Institute’s (NDI) Center for Learning & the Arts at 217 West 147th Street.  Honoring NDI founder Jacques D’Amboise, more than 25 dancers and musicians …and a fantastic cultural dance troupe from China poured their considerable creative accomplishments into multiple performances. Each year, the Irene Diamond … Continue reading

Spring Benefit Delivers on Summer Camp

This Year’s Spring Benefit Tops Its Goal  A trendy restaurant lounge on the far West Side in the 30s actually sports a mini-basketball court. When it’s Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s place — Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine — that’s what you get, and it was an appropriate venue for the 2015 spring benefit for Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth….Tequila Minsky, The Villager, May 28th, 2015 Honored at the event were Walt Frazier; Steve Ashkinazy – an L.G.B.T.rights pioneer; Pastor … Continue reading

Sophie’s Stars at the 2015 Playoff

It was a very exciting day for Sophie’s Stars at the Greenwich House/Malakoff Girls Basketball League Playoff.   Though they didn’t win the playoff on Saturday, March 14th, everybody recognized their powerful back court skills and shining team spirit, right down to the purple and yellow face paint! And the award luncheon, where everybody is a winner, was a pretty impressive event, too. The team:  Top Row from left to right: Coach Ashley Contreras, Annie … Continue reading

SGHY Spring Benefit Date Set

The SGHY Spring Benefit will be held on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015, at Clyde Frazier’s Wine and Dine, 485 Tenth Avenue, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. This year’s awardees include basketball legend Walt Clyde Frazier; Steve Ashkinazy, Former CB#2 Manhattan Youth Committee Chair and long-time advocate for LGBT youth; Pedro Cardi, founder of the Latino College Scholarship Fund and International Brotherhood of Teamsters advocate; Michael Fortenbaugh, Commodore of the Manhattan Yacht Club and Sailing School (which teaches young people sailing skills every … Continue reading

National Dance Institute and Bronx MS 302 Students

Middle School students from MS 302 – The Luisa Dessus Cruz School rehearsed for 12 weeks with National Dance Institute instructors Bianca Johnson, Dufftin Garcia and Jerry Korman toward an inspiring recital on Feb. 11th. Each week MS 302 teacher, Barbara Palmer, brought 14 aspiring dancers to NDI’s studios at 217 West 147 St. from the South Bronx for the opportunity. Continue reading

TeamFirst and Ty Grant Give MS 126 Something to Remember

On January 29th more than 30 middle school students at MS 126 got the treat of a lifetime from TeamFirst and Ty Grant. For two hours our students were totally immersed in some serious training.  The basketball clinic wasn’t just about hoop shots, it was a grueling physical workout, the essence of teamwork, focus and after all that, skill.  Ty and his assisting coach challenged, cajoled, nudged boys and girls in equal measure.  And these … Continue reading