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    Just as the past success of the RENS led to better professional opportunities, we look to provide the same for our participants today. However, this time around it isn't just about the round orange ball; it's about developing professionals in every sense of the word and in multiple areas and walks of life. It seems like destiny, as nearly 90 years from its origin, The New York Renaissance was reborn again in 2012.

    The present NY Renaissance focuses on continuing to turn amateurs into professionals - the right way.  Handling adolescents can be fragile, as the wrong nurturing method could damage a kid's entire future and fill it with regret.  With that taken into account, we approach our interactions with our participants in a genuine, caring way, as if that person were literally family.  Even more so, we aren't just making sure that young athletes only succeed on the court.  At the Renaissance organization we are insistently encouraging and aiding academic excellence, while instilling valuable life lessons, morals, community values, and true character into our youth.  "The ball stops bouncing for everyone at some point," remarked Stanford University bound Bryce Wills (Renaissance & Iona Prep Alum).

    Under the microscope of the NY Renaissance organization and what its legacy stands for, progression of our participants is at the forefront, and developing successful young men such as Bryce is a primary focus.

    The 21st century revival currently highlights the New York Renaissance Basketball Association as a registered non-profit sports-based youth development organization, created by Peabody Award winning filmmaker and playwright Dan Klores. Its foundation was sparked by an epiphany and desire to set a new standard in a holistic approach to mentoring and educating hundreds of children from diverse backgrounds, ages 8-17.

    "There is a constant and perpetual attempt to get it right, to find the best teachers and coaches who listen and embrace, instead of talk and stand on pedestals," says Mr. Klores.  The NY Renaissance rejects the ideas of its coaches, directors, staff, or other status quo representatives who tell middle school and high school children and their parents that playing "is a business".  Instead, what has made the Renaissance stand apart is their ability to greatly nurture, expose, embrace, and properly teach youngsters through core values and principles that are integrated in a system set up for the kids to succeed. 

    From its inception, the Renaissance program has created simultaneous progressive components which have undeniably proven to be unique, resulting in fair characterization of the program being a primary leader in youth basketball and education.  In addition, it's an umbrella that helps young athletes become well-rounded, successful student-athletes, that exceed expectations in three focus areas: academic achievement, community building, and commitment to core values.

    In just its second season (2013), The New York RENS were awarded sponsorship by Adidas.  In the summer of 2015, they won an Adidas Gauntlet Championship with the likes of Rawle AlkinsMustapha HeronTyrique JonesDevonte GreenElijah WilsonJared RiversTy FlowersRyan PrestonOpong Bramble, Ty Cohen, and Kai Mitchell.

    The following summer, sponsorship was changed and upgraded to Nike, which is considered the creme d le creme of competitive grassroots basketball.  The Renaissance joined the EYBL in Spring of 2016, and boasted a formidable junior class that made it to Peach Jam.  The rest has been a gust of recent history, as the NY Renaissance is now one of the nation's premier AAU programs. 

    Going forward, we look to be a model of consistency in many areas, including education and athletic development.  We are creating a pipeline for young athletes to have the opportunity to go to college for free, because of their hard work in the classrooms and level of play they primarily display during Nike EYBL sessions.  In addition, we are doing justice to the term "student-athlete" by allowing our members and players to have access to auxiliary academic resources whenever and wherever they need it.  The future of our program lives in how we presently guide and prepare our young student-athletes for a better tomorrow. 


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