Rising Stars Scholars Participate in the Meals from the Heart Program

On August 18, 2016, Rising Stars Scholarship Recipients participated in the Meals from the Heart Program at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in New Hyde Park. The Rising Stars Scholars learned that they were doing more than just cooking dinner for the 50 families that are staying at RMH to be near their sick children at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital. They learned that they are showing these families that people care, and that gives them hope. Rising Stars Scholars were very aware that sometimes hope is just what people need to make them feel better after a long day at the hospital. The student-athletes transformed to chefs as they worked hard cooking a full meal from scratch and then transformed once again to camp counselors as they spent time playing with the residents after dinner. We are so proud of our Rising Stars Scholars who represent everything that The Rising Stars Foundation stands for!

Cooking for the families at RMH

Cooking for the families at RMH

Luke's cucumber salad

Luke’s cucumber salad

Hannah hard at work making meat sauce

Hannah hard at work making meat sauce

Tour of RMH to learn how we can help

Tour of RMH to learn how we can help

Taste test

Taste test

After dinner we set up to play with the residents

After dinner we set up to play with the residents

Girls Preseason Training Academy


Long Island Lutheran High School (LuHi) Main Gym

131 Brookville Road, Brookville, NY

Make it Happen during focused 75 minute training sessions using a combination of skill, drill, and play as well as strength and conditioning training each session. You will be:

⇒ introduced to new skills
⇒ training at game speed
⇒ implementing your developing skills in controlled game situations ⇒ strengthening & conditioning

You have the opportunity, the gym, and the trainers to improve your game…the commitment is up to YOU!

Session I


grades 4, 5, 6

Session II


Grades 7, 8, 9

Mondays 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3

$160/4 sessions or $50/per session

Spots are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Click here to register

Girls Winter Tryouts


What is the Winter Season?

The 2016/2017 winter season consists of 1 practice/week & an 8-12 game (plus playoffs) schedule.

The season runs from October-February.


Long Island Lutheran High School (LuHi) Main Gym

4th, 5th & 6th GIRLS-4:00 PM

7th & 8th GIRLS-5:30 PM

The program continues to be led by Bethany LeSueur, a widely recognized expert and leader in basketball coaching and training. The Rising Stars difference is that all of our coaches and trainers have played college basketball and coached at the high school level.

  • Bethany LeSueur
    • Georgetown-player, Long Island scoring record w/3,167 points, Nike-WBCA All-American, Street & Smith All-America, USA Today All-American, Miss New York Basketball, 2x Gatorade Player of the Year, East Meadow-former varsity head coach
  • Meghan O’Neill
    • Adelphi-player, Kellenberg-former varsity head coach & Newsday Coach of the Year
  • Suzanne Kenney
    • John’s-player, Manhasset-former varsity head coach
  • MaryBeth Kane
    • Lehigh-player, East Meadow-former varsity head coach
  • Emma O’Conner
    • Marist-player, Ireland-professional player
  • Theresa Cantwell
    • Lafayette-player, Jericho-former varsity head coach
  • Kristen Haggerty
    • Queens-player, Carey-former varsity head coach

There will be a $20 tryout fee, each player will receive a reversible practice jersey. Returning players who bring their reversible practice jersey are exempt from the fee.


For more information email us at bethany@risingstarsinc.org

Boys Fall Training Academy


Rising Stars has announced its preseason skills academy dates which caters to enhancing the development of all players ranging from the beginner to advanced.

Dan Gimpel and the Rising Stars staff will conduct intense 4 week training at Long Island Lutheran (LuHi). We welcome past and new participants to join us.  Each session will be 75 minutes long, focusing on conditioning, speed and specific individual skill sets such as shooting, footwork and ball handling.  These sessions will provide the purposeful practice techniques for all players to maximize their physical ability. Rising Stars will equip players with the tool and techniques that inspire a passion for excellence!

– Four Wednesday’s, September 14th, 21st, 28th, & October 5th.
– Location is at Long Island Lutheran HS, 131 Brookville Road, Brookville, New York in the Main Gym.
– Please note it is $160 for all four days or $50/per session

Session I Session II
6:30pm-7:45pm 8:00pm-9:15pm
Grades 3,4,5 Grades 6,7,8,9


Boys Travel Tryouts


Long Island Lutheran High School (LuHi) Main Gym
131 Brookville Road
Brookville, New York 11545

3rd & 4th GRADE – 3:30 PM
5th GRADE – 4:45 PM
6th & 7th GRADE – 6:00 PM
8th GRADE – 7:15 PM

Each year, Rising Stars teaches and develops strong travel teams to compete on the local circuit. The Rising Stars difference is that all of our coaches and trainers have either played college basketball or coached at the high school level.Come learn the fundamentals of the game and develop what it takes to become a player!

Every year, players from the Rising Stars program have gone on to play college basketball at the Division I, II, and III levels.

The biggest key for success is getting involved with the right program, and Rising Stars is it. Come be part of the Rising Stars difference!

Registration is at the door.  The fee for the tryout will be $20. This will include a reversible practice jersey. Once teams are formed we will look to start mid-October till middle of March with practice.