Event Category: Sports
MVP Basketball Camp’s Mission
MVP is a nonprofit organization affording youth from all backgrounds the opportunity to build basketball and life skills in a fun-filled environment that celebrates diversity.
MVP mission evolved from the belief that in our increasingly fragmented society it is more and more difficult for children from different socioeconomic backgrounds to meet and get to know one another in a relaxed and informal way. The origin of MVP’s name sheds some light on the values that helped shape the organization. “MVP” typically stands for “Most Valuable Player,” but at this camp “MVP” signifies “Most Valued Person” because there is so much more to basketball, and for that matter to life, than being the high scorer. MVP uses basketball to teach goal setting, fair play, leadership, perseverance, and hard work in order to make the most of each camper’s individual talents.
By all accounts, MVP Basketball Camp has been extremely successful in instilling these qualities. Testimonials from parents and campers abound, and over the years numerous articles in papers like the New York Times, The Journal News, and the Scarsdale Inquirer have extolled the unique virtues of MVP. In 2013 Westchester Magazine named MVP “Best Sports Camp in Westchester,” writing “For kids, MVP is about nonstop fun, great exercise, and wonderful new friends.” Thanks largely to its outstanding coaches and guest speakers, MVP Basketball Camp has realized the promise in founder Stan Greene’s favorite quote, “the world may be better because you were important in the life of a child.”
MVP’s emphasis on character development unquestionably sets it apart from the crowd. But what really makes MVP special is the Youth Development Scholarship Program. Since it was founded, MVP has used donations and internally generated funds to allow over 5,000 boys and girls to attend camp who would otherwise not be able to afford it. In addition to taking scholarship applications from the general public, MVP has formed a growing number of partnerships with social service agencies to offer scholarships through organizations such as Westhab, Westchester Jewish Community Services, The Boys and Girls Clubs of Mt. Vernon and Northern Westchester, the Theodore D. Young Community Center, and Andrus Children’s Center.
MVP also believes that under-resourced children from the area’s least affluent communities are not the only ones who deserve scholarship help, and they have been proactive in responding to numerous needs in the community. In the wake of the World Trade Center tragedy, MVP launched the “Firefighter’s Fund” in conjunction with the New York City Fire Commissioner, a program that allowed relatives of firefighters lost on 9/11 to attend camp on full scholarship. In 2005, MVP started a new initiative called Hoops for Troops, which provides relatives of soldiers the opportunity to attend MVP free of charge. In 2009, Hoops for Troops formed a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project to extend opportunities to the children of those veterans who have been wounded in action.
MVP Basketball Camp celebrated its 20th year in 2014 with proclamations from both White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach and County Executive Bob Astorino. MVP is thankful for tremendous support of the community, and extremely grateful for its superlative coaching staff and hard-working administrative staff. MVP continues to work tirelessly to preserve Stan Greene’s legacy.