Sunday, May 19, was a special day at Solomon Schechter School of Westchester in White Plains as over 145 families came together to participate in the first-ever UJA-Federation of New York Scarsdale Family Olympics Day. The event supported UJA’s Sports for Youth Initiative, which brings the life-changing impact of participating in sports to kids of every age, athletic ability and background.
Attendees were mesmerized by the words of one parent whose child participates in an afterschool sports program funded by Sports for Youth, who explained the transformative impact the program has had on her son. Sports for Youth is run through Westchester Jewish Community Services, UJA’s nonprofit partner in Westchester.
Commenting on the important contributions of UJA-Federation of New York, such as the Sports for Youth program, event co-chair Ben Brucker of Scarsdale commented, “Where there’s a need, UJA is able to help at a moment’s notice.”
At the Family Olympics Day event, children and their families were divided into teams and participated in games and activities including basketball foul shooting, gaga, tug-of-war and relay races. “Today was not only about having fun. It was about giving other kids the same opportunities to have fun playing sports like we did with our kids today,” commented event co-chair Kate Eichel of Scarsdale. In addition to Brucker and Eichel, chairs were Ben Friedland, Jen Galeon, Leslie Perelman and Mauri Zemachson, all of Scarsdale.
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By Yvette Finkelstein