New York

PLAYSMART

NEW YORK

ABOUT US

PlaySmart’s beginnings go back to the friendships made at Princeton University in New Jersey in the mid-1990s.  While many founders settled around the country, several stayed in the area and began their careers and families.  Their commitment to further the PlaySmart mission continues to make an impact.  PlaySmart conducts great special events, provides sponsorship of many local programs and supports kids in various communities across the area.  See below to learn more about the current local happenings!

Contact Liz Delizia if you would like more information or join PlaySmart in New York/New Jersey.

PLAYSMART ACADEMY

The PlaySmart Academy is our flagship youth program that integrates sports and physical fitness with character, life skills and leadership development. The Academy starts with one to two week summer experience for youth and continues throughout the school year with subsequent activities and events.

The Academy is not your typical “summer camp”. Our original branded program provides a curriculum that blends fun and performance for 5th through 8th graders who are looking to excel both on and off the court or field. Centered around the 5 PlaySmart pillars, we teach life-lessons that build a foundation for success where they can build confidence, gain life skills, be exposed to new ideas, see future possibilities for themselves and receive guidance and encouragement from staff members, coaches and other positive adults.

The PlaySmart cities that run an Academy each provide a unique experience for local youth. For more information on the program nearest you, visit your local PlaySmart city.

The Academy curriculum is saturated with PlaySmart’s five pillars, which are used to convey lessons and skills needed for academic and life success.

NEW YORK PROGRAMS

NEXT LEVEL DAY CAMPS

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We offer 10 scholarships based on student applications.

MY REMARKABLE SELF

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Workshops help our children become successful socially, emotionally, and academically.

SWIM CLINIC

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Winter 6 week clinics teach children the essential fundamentals of swimming as well as stroke development.

CARVER CENTER PARTNERSHIP

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Our partnership with the Carver Center in Port Chester offers a basketball instructional pilot program.  We also offer seminars such as nutrition, squash, and yoga.

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MEET THE PLAYSMART LEADERS

  • KEVIN KAVANAGH

    Kevin is a native of Staten Island, New York. A three-sport standout at Regis High School in Manhattan, Kevin went on to become a four-year member of the varsity soccer squad at Princeton, while majoring in Civil Engineering and Architecture. After a stint in investment banking, Kevin completed the Masters in Business Administration program at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College in 1997. After Tuck, Kevin returned to New York City to work as an equity derivatives trader at Lehman Brothers. In May of 2000, Kevin joined Taconic Capital Advisors, a NYC-based hedge fund where he is currently a Principal and Head of Trading. Kevin married his wife, Amanda, in the fall of 2000 and the couple currently resides in Rye, New York, with their four daughters, Julia, Elizabeth, Claire and Kaitlin. Kevin can be reached at kkavanagh@taconiccap.com.

  • LIZ DELIZIA

    Liz coordinates PlaySmart’s summer and year-round programs in the New York area. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Health Education from Columbia University. Liz is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has worked with both adult and adolescent populations. Liz can be reached at Liz@playsmart.org.

  • JENNIFER REISNER, MSW, LCSW

    I have been with PlaySmart since it started in 2013. I am a Clinical Social Worker and received my Masters of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Over the last 15 years I have been in private practice working with adolescents and adults struggling with the complexities and challenges in both in school, in their relationships, those coping with chronic mental and physical illnesses, addiction and trauma.

    I thoroughly enjoy my time at PlaySmart where I have had the opportunity to work with such terrific kids utilizing a program I designed to reinforce the pillars upon which PlaySmart is based: Honesty, Hard Work, Respect (for themselves and others), Teamwork and Sportsmanship. The kids and I work interactively to demonstrate how those important lessons they learn on the playing field translate to skills needed for success within the family system, the school community and future endeavors.

  • AMANDA KAVANAGH

    Amanda is primarily responsible for fundraising and marketing for PlaySmart. Amanda went to undergrad at Trinity College in Hartford, CT and has an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in NH (where she met her husband Kevin). She worked in Advertising and Strategic Planning for entertainment companies for 10 years before deciding to become a full time Mom to their four daughters.

CONTACT US & QUICK DOWNLOADS

Download forms, flyers and application in pdf format.  If you have a question or need to contact us please complete the form below and we will respond as soon as possible.

DOWNLOADS
  • Academy Flyer

    Download the 2017 PlaySmart Academy camp flyer.

  • Academy Application - English

    Download the 2017 PlaySmart Academy Student Application – English version.

  • Academy Application - Spanish

    Download the 2017 PlaySmart Academy Student Application – Spanish version.

  • Volunteer Flyer

    Download the 2017 PlaySmart Academy volunteer flyer.

  • Volunteer Application

    Download the 2017 PlaySmart Academy Volunteer Application.

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