Brooklyn's premier, community-driven youth sports organization.

Our Mission

To build an enriching educational setting for under-served Brooklyn youth, using athletics as a vehicle to inspire them to fulfill their academic, physical, and personal potential. BKYSC is driven by an ethical imperative to instill values of integrity, perseverance, self-esteem, and hard work to empower student-athletes to be leaders in school, on the court and in the community.


Our History

BKYSC was founded in 2009 as a college-preparatory initiative for high school-aged students. The organization was designed to use athletics, specifically Basketball, as a vehicle to engage students in productive academic programs. This basketball-centric approach has proven to be a particularly powerful and effective way to engage youth in off-the-court activities, especially in low-income Brooklyn neighborhoods, where basketball is central to the culture of our communities and the identity of our youth.

For the first few years, our academic programs included individual tutoring, SAT prep, college guidance, and other resources geared towards our high school-aged participants (13-18 years old). In 2012 and 2013, the inaugural participants of the program (who started as 9th and 10th graders with BKYSC), graduated through BKYSC programming and currently over 110 former BKYSC student-athletes are enrolled in college, garnering over $750,000 in scholarship awards.

Having established core programs for high-school aged participants, BKYSC transitioned to serve a larger range of youth in 2012. The implementation of the BKYSC After-school Academy created an opportunity to work with younger participants (boys and girls, ages 8-18) on a year-round basis.  Broken down by season (i.e. Fall Academy, Winter Academy, Spring Academy, & Summer Academy), the program provides varied curriculum throughout the year that is unique to each students’ development and needs.  The BKYSC Academy is designed to achieve various youth outcomes with the ultimate goal of enabling students to enroll in college.  In Addition to the Academy, BKYSC also runs other after-school and summer programs including the Better Athlete Coalition, Essay Intensive, College Assist, and Varsity Assist (see programs section for more information on these programs).

Our Team

  Lyle Freiss,  Founder/Co-Executive Director

Lyle Friess

Founder, Co-Executive Director

Director of College Assist


Harris Friess

Co-Executive Director

Program Director


Anton Merchand, Director of Better Athlete Coalition

Damon Lawrence, Director of BKYSC Academy

Rob Weitzer, Academic Support, SAT Prep

Niaz Ahmed, Academic Support, SAT Prep

Farhan Yousuf, Academic Support, SAT Prep

Solomon Chechebar, Academic Support, SAT Prep

Priya Duvvuri, Academic Support, SAT Prep

Noshin Choudhury, Academic Support, SAT Prep

Brendan Garrison, Academic Support

Cam Miley, Academic Support, Coach


The Board of Directors

Benjamin Ezra, Entrepreneur

Ben Mathan, Senior Associate, Atairos Management

Donna Hayes, Administrator, Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center

Diandra Barnwell, Brand Development, Producer, The Model Experience

Rosemary Carroll, Attorney at Law, Carroll & Friess, Esq.

Alex Lasry, Milwaukee Bucks

Jed Limmer, Institutional Equity Sales, Wedbush Securities

Pat McAndrew, Senior Consultant, Deloitte

Matthew Monness, Monness, Crespi, & Hardt

Gregg Weiss, Partner, Gardner, Weiss, & Rosenblum, LLP

Rachel Hammer, VP Prime Finance, JP Morgan


We're in the neighborhood.

If you're curious to learn more, want to collaborate or just looking to say hi, we would love to hear from you. Visit us at 9 Wyckoff Street, Suite 1, Brooklyn, NY 11201 or drop us an email at