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NRBA Scholarship Winner Announced

 

Basketball is in the name but success is both on and off the court. The New Rochelle Basketball Association (NRBA) is proud to announce this year’s winner of the Pat Vaccaro Scholarship. The Scholarship was established several years ago by Mr. Vaccaro, President of the NRBA, to recognize outstanding achievement among those participants in the NRBA Outreach program.

 

This year’s recipient is Darrin Greaves II, a recent graduate of New Rochelle High School and a participant in the NRBA Mentoring program. He and his family will be honored at the 6th Annual NRBA Golf Outing scheduled for July 17th at the Wykagyl Country Club. The July 17th Event is a major fundraiser for NRBA and includes lunch and golf in addition to the dinner. Greaves is also the recipient of a full academic scholarship from the University of Southern California (USC) where he will study marine biology. Greaves participated in the NRBA’s tutoring program over a two year period and says, “It reinforced everything I was learning and the program was beneficial to my growth and helped me to succeed.” He also commented on the benefits NRBA provides to other students helping propel them to where they want to be.

 

The New Rochelle Basketball Association was founded to help New Rochelle kids in need through their love for basketball. The program stresses success in the classroom, in the community, and on the court. In addition to an extensive on court program for boys and girls in grades 4 through 8,  JV and Varsity, NRBA provides free of charge, individual tutoring mentoring, SAT and ACT Prep Classes, academic and  basketball camps and more. 

 

To learn about NRBA, it’s programs and how to lend your support, contact Patrick Vaccaro (914-804-8308)


We just completed our 6th Annual Golf Outing and it was a huge success with 105 golfers, 125 for dinner, a huge 50-50 payout, terrific golf prizes and a wonderful silent and live auction with great prizes.

 

All silent and live auction items were sold out!

 

Most importantly all in attendance came away with a better appreciation of what we do for the kids we serve and got to meet one of our kids who received a full academic scholarship to the University of Southern California.

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We lost a dear friend, a colleague and NRBA board member Michael Kenny who lost his courageous long term battle with leukemia.

 

It is very hard to overstate the magnitude of this loss to family, friends, community, students and the NRBA. Mike conceived, created and administered the NRBA academic initiative so important to the boys and girls we serve. Whether through individual tutoring and mentoring, SAT/ACT preparation, Report Card monitoring, assistance with college admissions and much more,  Mike left a legacy of caring, love and accomplishments. He not only increased grades and raised scores but changed lives and gave hope.

 

We will continue Mike’s legacy of providing academic assistance to those in need while recognizing there will never be another Mike Kenny!!

 

May God bless Mike and his family!
 

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Who Are We?

The NRBA was founded with the single purpose of inspiring the youth - especially the most needy - of New Rochelle’s richly diverse community, to reach their full potential as players and people.  We use basketball as a means to achieve that goal.  We know that our success will be judged in part by wins and losses on the court, but we’re even more committed to helping our young people “win” in the game of life.



We are about teamwork, respect and responsibility; responsibility of each player to him or herself, as well as to family, teammates, and all aspects of our community. Effort and integrity are the cornerstones.  We want our players to work hard and to learn; to seek opportunities, not gifts.  We strive to build character and develop more confident, competent young people who have an abiding sense of their importance as individuals and team members.  

 

Our program is about much more than the outcome of a game or practice. Our players know that their NRBA family cares about them as people.  We want NRBA graduates to be successful in their own corners of the world, then pass on to others - in New Rochelle and beyond - the lessons they have learned.  



The NRBA knows that, in the modern world, education is key.  We give this goal more than lip-service.  We often track academic progress from the time they enter our program throughout HS, providing academic support, such as critical study skills, tutoring and ACT/SAT prep courses, all provided at no cost to our NRBA participants. Also we are committed to helping our players find the post-secondary educational choice that is right for them and where applicable, assistance navigating the complicated process toward obtaining an athletic scholarship or other financial aid.

  

Yes, basketball is key to what we do, but our goals are way above the rim.  We want all of our kids to be "slam-dunks" in the game of life!!

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