2015 Girls Winter Tryouts

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
Long Island Lutheran High School (LuHi) Main Gym
131 Brookville Road, Brookville, NY

GRADES 5 & 6 – 6:30 PM
GRADES 7 & 8 – 7:45 PM

Rising Stars is thrilled to announce the tryout information for the upcoming winter season. 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
o 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
Meghan Moran-O’Neill
o Adelphi-player (1,000 point club), Kellenberg-former varsity head coach & Newsday Coach of the Year
Suzanne Collins-Kenney
o St. John’s-player, Manhasset-former varsity head coach
Marybeth Collins-Kane
o LeHigh-player, East Meadow-former varsity head coach
Emma O’Connor
o Marist-player, Kellenberg-current varsity assistant coach
Each year players from the Rising Stars program go on to play college basketball at the Division I, II, and III levels. Over the past four years alone, Rising Stars has sent student athletes to play at Navy, Brown, NYU, Seton Hall, Emory, Haverford, Bowdoin, Tufts, Cortland, Yale, Assumption, Adelphi, Vermont, Quinnipiac and Fordham. The key for success is getting involved with the right program, and Rising Stars is it. Come be part of the Rising Stars difference!

For more information visit www.risingstarsinc.org or email us at bethany@risingstarsinc.org

2015 Boys Winter Tryouts

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2015

Long Island Lutheran High School (LuHi) Main Gym

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.

Every year, players from the Rising Stars program have gone on to play college basketball at the Division I, II, and III levels. Over the past four years alone, Rising Stars has sent student athletes to play at Navy, Brown, NYU, Seton Hall, Emory, Haverford, Bowdoin, Assumption, Adelphi, Vermont, Quinnipiac and Fordham.

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.

For information, contact kate.gamble@risingstarsinc.org or visit www.risingstarsinc.org.

2015 Girls Summer Basketball Camp

Dear Rising Stars Family,

We are pleased to announce that our 2nd Annual Summer Basketball Camp will take place August 10-13 from 5:30-8:30pm at Long Island Lutheran (LuHi). We are excited to offer you this exceptional opportunity and hope your daughter can attend. We strictly limit enrollment in camp, which allows us to provide an exceptional basketball experience. Last year the girls received top quality instruction from both the Rising Stars staff and current college coaches and players in a 4:1 camper-to-staff ratio.

We are looking to continue to offer this unique opportunity to players within our program. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I can personally guarantee that your daughter’s experience will exceed your expectations. Please remember, enrollment is limited. So apply early!

Note:  Follow the link below if you would like to register online.

Thank you,

Bethany LeSueur

Director of Girls Programs
Rising Stars, Inc.

Rising Stars Shootathon

Rising Stars would like to say thank you to everyone who participated in and/or donated to the Rising Stars Shoot-a-thon. The event was a huge success, largely due to the effort and enthusiasm of our girls!

Please click HERE to view some photos from the event!

Rising Stars Expands Scholarship Programs

Rising Stars, Inc., a not for profit youth foundation and community outreach organization based in New York, offers economically challenged families greater opportunities by providing their children with athletic scholarships and academic support. In this Q&A, the organization’s Executive Director, Dan Gimpel, answers common questions regarding the scholarships, the academic support, and application process.

Q: How did the concept of scholarships first come about and how far have you come with that?

Dan Gimpel, Rising Stars, Inc.: Our first scholarship was established in memory of a former Rising Star and close friend, Ryan Fitzgerald, who lost his life during the 9-11 tragedy. I wanted to establish a program that both honored his memory and provided children with a greater chance of success in life by helping them get through the challenges in HS. I was given that chance myself and have seen it given time and time again over the years. When I returned to Rising Stars as the Executive Director, my first directive was that this is what we needed to develop as the foundation of our programs. Over the years, the scholarship programs have expanded, as more donors have seen the immeasurable value they provide families and the very real difference they have made and can continue to make in children’s lives.

Q: How do these scholarships make a difference in the lives of the recipients?

Dan Gimpel, Rising Stars, Inc.: Many of our athletes come from situations that would bar them from participating on any type of yearly programs, summer camps or travel teams that have costs attached to them. Some came from environments that were not just a deterrent to academic success – they were actually life-threatening. We offer these children scholarships in yearly programs that dramatically change their environment and enhance the opportunity of success throughout their formative years.Through these programs, we are also able to identify those children that need academic, social and other forms of support. They are encouraged to apply for our education fund and are given guidance. This combination has helped many children write their own success stories. For instance, we have seen children go from failure and dropout to high honor roll within a year’s time on many occasions; we recently received word that one of our varsity girls, Evelyn, received a scholarship from Binghamton University. Her coach, Rich Slater, wrote to us to thank Rising Stars. Evelyn will be the first person from her small Nigerian village to attend college.Thankfully, her story is not unique and many of the children who participate in the Rising Stars program earn athletic or academic scholarships.

Q: Is there more than one scholarship fund and how do they work?

Dan Gimpel, Rising Stars, Inc.: The first Rising Stars Private Education fund developed to allow at-risk children the chance to attend a private education facility if they were unlikely to succeed in the public school system was developed in honor of Rising Star’s 2012 Man of the Year, Ted Virtue. There are now five different scholarship programs. Scholarship funds are open only to those who participate in the Rising Stars, Inc. programs a minimum of two years and who show continuing dedication to their education. The family of the receiving student must commit to funding a small portion of the child’s tuition and meet with Rising Stars on a regular basis to update their child’s progress. This allows Rising Stars to work with the family as partners and teaches students about personal accountability. Current Rising Stars student athletes in the seventh and eighth grade who wish to attend Catholic school may be eligible for tutoring grants prior to their entrance exam.

Q: How does the student’s family apply for a Rising Stars scholarship and what is the criteria?

Dan Gimpel, Rising Stars, Inc.: The application, which is now available online, is the first step toward a brighter future for many talented – though under-served – children. Students must meet eligibility requirements, including passing the school’s entrance exam, maintaining a high minimum overall grade average and attending school regularly with few absences. Students must complete a short personal narrative and provide documentation, including academic transcripts and financial records. Additionally, students must submit two letters of recommendation and a portfolio of recent school work.

2015 Rising Stars Gala Invitation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make your reservation and/or donation for the 12th Annual Rising Stars Youth Foundation Gala online, please click here by May 12, 2015

To make your reservation and/or donation for the 12th Annual Rising Stars Youth Foundation Gala by mailing a check,
please print the registration form available here and return it by May 12, 2015 to:
Rising Stars Youth Foundation, P.O. Box 149, Long Beach, NY 11561

Rising Stars, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) federally tax exempt organization. Grantors and contributors may rely on our IRS classification and deduct contributions as provided in Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

2015 Summer Basketball Camp

Dear Parents and Campers,

Welcome to our 20th annual Summer Basketball Academy series. Once again, we anticipate a waiting list of campers that wish to attend. The reasons are simple. We strictly limit enrollment in every camp and provide an exceptional basketball experience.

Last summer camp had 4:1 camper-to-staff ratio. Many teams had two coaches, all teaching was conducted in small groups and semi-final/final games were officiated by three IAABO officials. That’s the Rising Stars difference.

I hope to see you this summer and I can personally guarantee your experience will exceed your expectations. Please remember, enrollment is limited. So apply early! Feel free to use our online contact us form with any questions.

Sincerely,
Dan Gimpel


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