Listen to League of YES Program Director, Greg Cooke’s interview with WBLI/WBAB Sunday Morning Show, “Plugged In To Long Island”
A BUDDY Gives Back With The Brooklyn Cyclones
This is a classic example of a League of a YES BUDDY taking his experience with the great players of the League of YES along with him to his next step in life. Click here to read about how Frank Valentino of the NYIT Bears baseball team has taken his love and admiration for the players of the League of YES to the Brooklyn Cyclones and the New York Mets.
Best Home Run Ever
You’ve seen the video on Facebook (as have nearly 3 million other people), now see it on many different networks and internet sports and news sites. Billy has taken the League of YES around the world in just a few short weeks. The video, aside from Facebook, has been shown on news stations all over the U.S. and we have reports it has been shown in India, Ireland and the U.K. Billy and all the players in the League of YES are helping to bring the message of the League of YES to the world. Click on the links below to see some of the news reports so far:
MARCA, Spain (Our first verified international mention)
NYIT Men’s Baseball Joins in with Baseball with Santa
DIX HILLS, N.Y. — The NYIT baseball team pitched in as volunteers with the League of YES this past weekend.
The student-athletes attended Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa event.
It marked the second consecutive year that NYIT baseball players and coaches donated gifts and attended the event as BUDDYs.
The League of Yes’ mission is to establish and sustain baseball programs for people of all ages with disabilities. The objective is to provide an opportunity for those individuals to experience the joy and benefits that come from playing the national pastime. The aim is to help the league’s players develop social skills and increase self-esteem.
BUDDYs, including the volunteers from NYIT, protect and assist the players.
“This is a great opportunity for our student-athletes to give back to those children with special needs,” NYIT baseball coach Bob Malvagna said. “Hopefully this relationship with NYIT and the League of YES will last a long time.”
Said redshirt sophomore Nick Tedesco: “You donate and volunteer your time just to see the smiles on the children’s faces. I am proud of my teammates and coaches for giving back to the community and making these children so happy for the holidays.”
The League of YES has fall and spring seasons. The group plays at handicapped-accessible athletic fields at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow and at the Brookhaven Amphitheater field in Farmingville.