GCNY donated over 100 pieces of sports equipment to KEEN New York! KEEN is an organization that focuses on teaching children with disabilities how to play sports.
A Message From Our Founder
Growing up, I was involved in multiple sports teams. I loved the feeling of being a part of a team; of feeling like an essential player. I loved working alongside my teammates to reach a common goal. My years of experience on various teams empowered me to assume leadership positions, both on and off the field. Sports can have an extraordinarily positive impact on young people’s lives, yet disadvantaged kids face many barriers to participation. I was inspired to begin my project when I realized that so many children do not have access to participate in sports, and the empowering experience that was incredibly formative for me. I knew that if every child had a soccer ball to kick, a bat to swing, or cleats to run in, they too could become leaders in their local sports leagues; they too could benefit from the life skills that playing sports imparts.
I’ve had the unique opportunity to seriously strengthen my leadership skills. My role asks that I learn to delegate effectively, trust my volunteers, and respect the feedback of all participants. In working with our extensive volunteer base, I have had the opportunity to manage projects, which required that I build effective communication and team building skills. Furthermore, in order to maintain a trusted and accountable team, I must convey my passion for the cause, and inspire others to believe in the mission of the organization. This has challenged me to be enthusiastic and motivated, which in turn led to an overall greater morale of our organization. Additionally, I’ve had an incredible opportunity to learn the business aspect of running an organization with the formation of our business entity. I have learned about financial responsibility and accountability, as well as the power of branding, marketing, public relations, and human resource management.
Thank you for supporting me and my endeavors with the founding of Game Changers New York.