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FundPlay: 3 Ways LeagueApps is Funding Fun Play

Company News, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps
Credit: @FutureChampsU17 on Twitter

Credit: @FutureChampsU17 on Twitter

This isn’t just a quote on the wall at LeagueApps, it is a foundational part of our mission to make sports happen. Everything we do is part of our goal to ensure that everyone everywhere has access to great sports experiences.

To fulfill that mission, LeagueApps has launched FundPlay. FundPlay is a LeagueApps initiative and the actionable manifestation of LeagueApps’ mission to “make sports happen.” The goal is to provide opportunities for memorable sports experiences to children who don’t have access to the best sports and educational resources.

FundPlay strives to make sports happen by partnering with like-minded 501(c)(3) organizations like Rally Cap Sports, Positive Coaching Alliance, and Volo City Kids. In fact, nearly 30% of all LeagueApps’ partners are non-profit organizations with 501(c)3 status.

“FundPlay is weaved into the fabric of LeagueApps’ being,” says LeagueApps President Jeremy Goldberg. “This is an initiative that everyone in the company participates in, and takes pride in. We believe we can improve youth sports and can effect positive change. FundPlay is part of our focused effort to accomplish that.”

FundPlay was in part inspired by the great work that the Aspen Institute’s Sports & Society Program does through their Project Play initiative, providing leaders with the guidance to help build healthy communities through sport.

“Youth sports should be accessible to all kids, regardless of zip code or ability,” said Project Play Executive Director Tom Farrey in a previous interview with Forbes. “There is a great demand for solutions and partnership, and we welcome any initiative that can be a change agent in youth sports access and opportunity.”

There are three pillars that constitute FundPlay, and all will have a role to achieve positive change.

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LeagueApps Lax Partners Well Represented at Long Island Lax Fest

Company News, Lax, LeagueApps Team, Sports Community

Over the years, the LI Lax Fest has grown into one of the largest tournaments in the nation. Teams from all regions of North America come to play in a festive and competitive atmosphere over the course of two days. It’s hosted every year by LeagueApps Lax partner George Breres and My Lacrosse Tournaments.

College coaches have also taken note of the abundant amount of talent that takes the field annually as the LI Lax Fest hosts an average of well over 100 college coaches to check out potential future college athletes.

The LeagueApps Lax team was on-site to share the experience with our partners.

About 300 boys and girls teams participated in this year’s tournament. Several of LeagueApps Lax partners made the trek out to LI Lax Fest, including Team 91 Lacrosse, HGR, Long Island Express, and Long Island Empire, among others. The entire event was powered and hosted by LeagueApps.

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How Nassau Pride Delivers Affordable AAU Experiences to the Long Island Community

Hoops, Sports Community
Credit: Nassau Pride Facebook

Credit: Nassau Pride Facebook

Sports Organization of the Month: May

Nassau Pride is a Long Island based AAU basketball organization. The program was founded in 2012 with the focus of providing affordable AAU experiences to the Hicksville, Bethpage, Westbury, and Levittown areas.

“At the time, it was becoming apparent that local AAU teams charged close to $1200 per season to practice and play competitive basketball,” boys fifth-grade head coach Anthony Diaz said. “So, when we founded the Pride, we eliminated certain payments to the coach.”

It’s with this reason that Anthony and the Nassau Pride were able to make playing basketball more affordable to the Long Island community.

“We figured out that the real cost could be close to or below $300 per season per child,” he added.

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3 LeagueApps Time Saving Tools That Help Dynamic Sports Organizers

Best Practices, Lax, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps
Dynamic Sports Co-President George Breres (right) and Director of Partnerships Roy Kohli

Dynamic President George Breres (right) and Director of Partnerships Roy Kohli

We know from our partners and other sports organizers around the country, whether already established in their community or just beginning the sports entrepreneurial journey, TIME is your most valuable resource.

So clearly it makes sense to save as much of it as possible, and spend it on what matters most to you- delivering world class service and memorable experiences to your players.

Some of the most successful sports organizers and entrepreneurs know that to reach a certain level of success, they have to be experts in time management.

When thinking about being a successful youth sports organizer and expert of time management, former SUNY College of Cortland lacrosse captain and current Co-President of Dynamic Sports Management George Breres comes to mind.

An established leader on the New York sports and recreation scene, he has more than a decade of experience in athletics as a coach, director of operations and manager. He has been Co-President of Dynamic Sports since it was founded in 2010. You can read a few of his accomplishments here.

Dynamic Sports Management is the parent company of LeagueApps Partner Team 91 Lacrosse.

We reached out to George to pick his brain on how he is able to save so much time. Here are his three time-saving tools provided by LeagueApps to help you spend more of your valuable resource how you want.

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4 Ways Your Coaches Can Carry Out Your Program’s Mission

Best Practices, Sports Community
Credit: MAVS

Credit: MAVS

You’ve got the perfect mission for your program. But, you’re having trouble getting everyone bought in. Or maybe your coaches aren’t 100% lined up with your goals.

You might be asking yourself, ‘how can I get my staff aligned with my mission?’ To answer that, we reached out to our partners from the MAVS Volleyball program.

The MAVS Volleyball headquarters is in Lenexa, Kansas. The mission is to provide the best training for volleyball players in the entire “Heart of America” region. With over 30 girls and boys teams, as well as dozens of other programs including camps, clinics, private lessons and other leagues, MAVS Volleyball is fulfilling its mission every day.

So, how are they able to keep everyone, from the head staff down to the parents and players, so in tune with their mission? We recently spoke with the 16-1 coach Kelley Bugler to find out those answers.

Below you’ll find four ways Kelley and the coaches of MAVS Volleyball carry out the mission each and every day.

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Net Force Gaining Net Growth After Switching To LeagueApps

Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps
Credit: Net Force Volleyball

Credit: Net Force Volleyball

Not long ago, Mike Falk and the Net Force Volleyball Club were using Excel spreadsheets and handwritten forms. Today, they’re seeing record growth with LeagueApps.

“Our organization has grown 30% since using LeagueApps’ products,” Mike said.

Since 1994 Net Force Volleyball Club has been dedicated to providing quality physical and emotional training to young athletes who are interested in learning the skills of volleyball, values of teamwork, responsibility and self-discipline. They are based out of Waukegan, Illinois, just north of Chicago.

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4 Ways LeagueApps FC Would Spend $100 Million to Grow Youth Soccer

FC, Sports Community
Photo Credit: Red Bulls/ Red Bulls Training Programs

Photo Credit: Red Bulls/ Red Bulls Training Programs

How would you spend $100 million to grow the game of soccer?

It was recently announced that the US Soccer Federation has upwards of $100 million sitting in the bank. Most of that is from the profit of last summer’s Copa America Centenario. It appears that most of the money will be spent on a national training facility, as reported by Sports Illustrated.

Our LeagueApps FC team has four ways ideas on how to spend that $100 million to improve the game.

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LeagueApps Is Recruiting a Customer Success Specialist All-Star. Is This You?

Company News, LeagueApps Team

Are you sick of your days at the office standing still? Want to find something rewarding, challenging, and fast paced?

Then it’s time to test the free agency waters and sign with the LeagueApps team. We’re looking for a stellar Customer Success Specialist to fill our roster in the LeagueApps New York City office located in Union Square.

You will join the Partner Success department; a team responsible for helping local sports organizations maximize their experience and value on the LeagueApps platform. LeagueApps has spent years developing a software solution to bring value and benefit to sports organizers and their participants.

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Vote for the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year on Twitter

Hoops, Sports Community
Credit: Jr. NBA

Credit: Jr. NBA

Editor’s Note: The Jr. NBA and Positive Coaching Alliance have partnered together to create a program designed to honor influential youth basketball coaches and the impactful work that they do for our game. The Jr. NBA Coach of the Year award is given to a youth basketball coach in an NBA team market who is making a positive impact on children by demonstrating outstanding integrity, character, and leadership. You can read about the program here.

The eight semifinalists for the national Coach of the Year award have been announced. These semifinalists were selected because they have not only been successful in bettering their athletes on the court but have also shown that their main focus was to make these athletes better people in their communities.

These coaches have established and fostered meaningful relationships with their athletes and their families over the years, and have incorporated valuable life lessons into every aspect of basketball they coach.

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Grow Your Sports Program With 5 Easy-to-Use Tools: Free Webinar

Best Practices, Company News, Value of LeagueApps
Grow Your Sports Program With 5 Easy-to-Use Tools

Join us Tuesday May 23 at 3:00 pm EST

If you’re not 100% thrilled about all the time that you’ve been plugging away without seeing results for your program, you are not alone. The biggest struggles plaguing sports organizers always revolve around having to spend more and more time on the growth of their programs. They have questions like:

  • How can I collect all of my fees and dues?
  • What is the best way to communicate with my participants?
  • How can I improve the experience of my parents and customers?
  • Why am I not growing?

Not to worry- you’re finally going to get some answers. Join LeagueApps Director of Partnerships Roy Kohli on Tuesday, May 23rd at 3 pm EST/ Noon PST.Roy will be sharing the tips and five tools that will address these questions and more. You’ll learn his strategy behind enhancing registration, managing payments, utilizing your data, leveraging your website and social media, and generating more revenue through eCommerce.Ready to start growing your program through his automated growth plan?
Click here to reserve your spot for Grow Your Program With 5 Easy-to-Use Tools webinar.

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