YALD is committed to provide the advocacy, educational and physical development that will strengthen community’s future.
YALD is a sports-based youth development non-profit committed to providing underserved young people with the skills and confidence they need to achieve their dreams and become a positive force for change in their communities.
At YALD we believe that physical activity is key to the health and development of our youth, contributing to their physical, social, and emotional well-being. Using team sports as an entry point for holistic youth development, YALD engages young people ages seven to 17 in a range of activities including life skills development, nutrition education, academic support, and community service. Our vision is to provide young people from underserved communities with the resources and mentorship they need to succeed in school and on the field, and to become healthy, well-rounded individuals who can effect positive change for their communities.
Your gift will help underserved New York City youth have access to the sports and youth development programming that will help them succeed on and off the field.
This Saturday marks the beginning of YALD’s 11th season. It brings forth a great sense of pride that we have managed to bring forth, and maintain for over a decade, a safe space for the children of our community. They are the foundation of the future, and we are proud to play a role in developing their leadership and perseverance.
Concurrently, it also marks the 20th anniversary of one of our nation’s darkest days, 9/11. On Saturday, we will be dedicating the day to a family who tragically lost a beloved member on that fateful day. This family will be in attendance, and one of the family members will honor his late brother by singing our national anthem.
We will be using our platform to highlight the good that did come from such an evil act — Through the midst of tragedy, a sense of pride was re-born in our community. The sense of obligation to support our fellow man, many acts of kindness, and perseverance even through what was meant to break us as a people. Many lives were lost on that day 20 years ago, but we remain faithful to honoring them and the legacies they left behind. YALD is honored to be a part of such a symbol of strength, and showing our youth that no matter what happens or what we go through, we always have each other to lean on, and we hope to continue furthering that mentality in our students for years to come.
HEAD REFEREE KELVIN VALENTIN (L)
ASSISTANT REF CARLOS CASTELLANOS (R)