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PowerPlay NYC, Inc.

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Causes: Amateur Sports, Sports

Mission: Educating and empowering girls through sports, teaching life skills and fostering self-confidence and self-esteem for life!

Programs: STARS (Sports Training And Role models for Success) Programs STARS Series – a physical activity and healthy living program providing elementary and middle school girls with (i) opportunities to learn sports skills and be physically active, (ii) encouragement and support from female coaches, (iii) multiple opportunities to learn teamwork, (iv) health and wellness learning activities, and (v) a safe space for discussion and expression. Rising STARS Program – a six-week summer program providing middle school girls the opportunity to (i) to play sports and be physically active, (ii) learn important life skills, (iii) participate in healthy living activities, (iv) connect with female role models and mentors, and (v) develop their confidence and self-esteem. SuperSTARS Leadership Academy – an intensive 8-week summer program providing high school girls with opportunities to (i) participate in a variety of sports, (ii) develop workplace and life skills for success; (iii) interact with women in a variety of careers; (iv) engage in health and wellness learning, (v) explore the college admissions process; and (vi) participate in STARWorks mini-internships. SuperSTARS Symposium –a one day event providing high school girls with the opportunity to participate in sport clinics and connect with successful women who share their life lessons.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lisa Laurie

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched this organization grow from it's inception and I am in awe of the endless time and energy that the founder and past executive director has dedicated to it. I had volunteered my time briefly when I lived in NY, an experience that kept PowerPlay near and dear to my heart. Having experienced volunteering and then attending the Annual Gala, I was able to watch girls grow from insecure, sometimes awkward teenagers to beautiful, poised, and articulate young ladies. It is a heart-warming transition to witness.

Previous Stories

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the good fortune of meeting PowerPlay girls at the annual fundraisers. It is an emotional experience seeing the confident, respectful and charming young ladies that the girls have evolved into. Kudos to founder, Ellen Markowitz and Executive Director, Beth Raisen for the expertise, tireless hours and financial contributions that they've given to keep this organization alive! Kudos to the Board as well for their input, hard work and their belief in PowerPlay's Mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have worked for Power Play in the past, coaching and working with girls in under served areas of NYC to empower them through sports and the life skills you can learn from them. This organization helps girls understand and learn how sports can enable positive growth and provide life long opportunities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked either directly or indirectly with PowerPlay NYC since its inception. I have been very impressed with the work they do to empower girls to succeed by teaching them life, athleteic and leadership skills. The girls who pareticipate in the PowerPlay programs gain the direction, strength and resolve to become future leaders in their community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PowerPlay is a fun and inspiring environment that truly pushed girls to excel both academically and athletically. I was able to watch our group of girls this summer grow as true leaders and motivated students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have supported this organization for several years as a corporate outreach and personal donor for these reasons:
- dedicated leadership
- well prepared girls (in learning lessons of sports activity as well as opportunities behind the scenes of sports, e.g. journalism, tv production, etc.). The girls were poised, asked good questions in the interviews. Very impressive

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Teaching young girls the basics of athletics through methods of multiple intelligences is one of the greatest things about this program. It is only topped by the fact it also incorporates helping girls develop positive self esteems and knowledge of health/safety.

Board Member

Rating: 5

From the beginning I was struck by the strength of PowerPlay's mission: educating and enpowering girls through sports to build greater self-esteem and leadership. I truly believe in this and have seen first hand how this translates into growth and development for the girls that participate. I am proud to be a board member and am very much invested in helping this worthy organization grow.

Donor

Rating: 5

Power Play is so clear about its mission which translates into great programs for the girls and young woman who participate, terrific leadership and effective and efficient use of the dollars donated to them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Power Play is one of the few non profits where year to year a donor can see the growth of the girls into very fine young ladies who have gain confidence and maturity. Power Play instills the very necessary tenets of life otherwise missing from these girls' lives, only one of which is teamwork. After being in these programs, the girls have more than an excellent head start for a successful career and life.

Donor

Rating: 5

Exceptional organization with dedicated leadership, that provides substantive opportunities for young women to participate in sport. In doing so, this organization supports, in a meaningful way, the development of young women's confidence, life skills and experience - all which ultimately prepare them for success both on and off the court in the future. There is a level of compassion and commitment to this cause expressed by their staff, board and donors that is exceedingly rare.

Client Served

Rating: 5

An exceptional organization. It has helped me develop so much as a person, especially as a woman. I feel so much more confident in my skills and can see a brighter future. Meeting successful women, gave me the hope that I too could achieve that success. The program is incredible and the people you meet are incredible. I would do it again and I don't think I would be where I'm at today, if it weren't for PowerPlay.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that fills a very important void in the growth of young women. The organization is top notch and I appreciate how they help young women develop life skills. Keep up the good work everyone!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of PowerPlay's greatest achievements is providing young girls experiences that would not be offered in their communities and schools. I was a participant in 2006, and was fortunate to give back as a Counselor for 2012 STARS Summer Leadership Academy. My experiences as a participant and Counselor were great! I enjoyed learning and teaching new skills in sports, and bonding with the participants. All young girls should have the opportunity to be a participant for PowerPlay; it is a life-changing opportunity.

Donor

Rating: 4

PowerPlay is a great organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of young girls. They educate them through sports and teach them life and work skills to be able to compete in the professional realm. This organization allows girls to see the endless amount of possibilities that lie in front of them and provides them with the tools to achieve great things. PowerPlay’s staff, led by Beth Rasin, works day in and day out to find all the resources they can to support and assist these young girls. Through PowerPlay’s many programs, young girls are able to become educated, feel confident, and connect with other young girls who are on this journey alongside with them. PowerPlay is an outstanding organization and I am certain that they will continue to do great things to assist the young girls that they serve.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the wonderful experience of working with PowerPlay NYC for the last year and one-half. During that time I have visited the Summer Academy several times as a guest speaker talking to the girls about my career in public relations and more importantly their college/career paths and opportunities that are available to them. I have also attended lacrosse clinics and watched how the girls adopted to a new sport (to almost all of them) and immediately worked in teams, applying the athletic and team building skills they were being taught. I am amazed at the poise that these girls display and how they embrace the program and the opportunity it provides. I usually visit several times during the course of the program and it is remarkable to see how the girls develop in a very short time. Through the sports coaching and life mentoring they receive they invariably come away with more confidence and a better idea of things that are available to them and achievable if they work hard.

Lynn45

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to watch these young ladies develop from shy sometimes awkward individuals to very confident, optimistic and outgoing young adults. They are so appreciative of the programs that Power Play offers and they embrace the opportunities to learn about career opportunities, social skills as well as the opportunity to participate in sports. Most of all they are a lot of fun and when friends of Power Play meet them they are usually blown away by the maturity of all the girls. IT would be great if we could reach hundreds more becasue it is such a fantastic program and gives them hope that they can pursue anything they want in life and the optimism to believe in their abilities. After playing basketball with them and teaching them basketball skills as well as watching various performances that they produced and performed I want everyone to know that you will be impressed and feel good to be part of a great organization. Lynn Chiavaro

Ann_47

Donor

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of playing squash with girls from the program in a women's national team squash tournament. Their skill level and confidence was absolutely impressive. It is clearly an awesome program with enthusiastic and accomplished participants.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

BEST PROGRAM BY FAR! Gives young girls the opportunity to explore and be introduced to all sports. Helps them to gain knowledge, leadership skills and social skills. This program allows girls to get a head start in preparing for the real world and the sports world. This program teaches girls about their health and abilities to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the Summer Leadership Academy. It was the best summer I have ever had. It was great to be surrounded by so many people who were driven and willing to help you. I learned a lot about myself by challenging myself. I wish I had participated in this program sooner!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

PowerPlay is an exceptional program for young women. This program teaches them about their health, sports, building resumes, and the importance of volunteering. It also gives great volunteer opportunities and summer work programs. The networking skills that these young women learn are invaluable. Phillipa