Kids in the Game is excited to announce the launch of our brand new podcast "Behind the Game"! The podcast will cover the intersection of youth development, sports, education, and technology in the New York City landscape. You will be hearing from the likes of principals, executive directors, coaches, teachers, and other change makers that are all working towards building a better city for our youth. With more than 1 million students in New York City, we want to help families, schools, and organizations learn to navigate the complex ecosystem we live and breath.
Last week we recorded our very first podcast with guest Ben Schornack. Ben got his start on the world of NYC youth development with Kids in the Game as our very first program coordinator. Since then he has been with Up2Us Sports and is currently a program manager with the Laureus Sport for Good USA Foundation. Laureus recently launched it's Sport for Good NYC initiative -- a long-term commitment to improving the lives of underserved youth in the five boroughs of New York City through the power of sport. The initiative will bring together nonprofit leaders by providing resources and facilitating collaboration. Ben mentions in the podcast that New York is full of organizations doing great work, but it is also full of funders and by working together we can tap into more funding sources to improve and provide even more programming. KING's Wilson Rose is sitting on the leadership team for the initiative and we are excited to work with Laureus and Ben on this project.
Throughout the podcast, led by KING Hoops Director Paul O'Connor and KING Founder Michael Murphy, Ben details the changes he has seen in funding youth sport programs and the direction the industry is headed. The group also spends time talking about coaches that have impacted them and how important the role of a coach is. The podcast ends with a lightening round of questions and more Iowa basketball trivia than you ever thought you would need to know! Check out the link to listen and subscribe as we continue to bring leaders in the community onto "Behind the Game"!