NEW YORK, May 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, NewYorkSportsConnection.com officially announces its launch, becoming the go-to, online hub for both parents of sports-playing kids and adult athletes in New York City.
New York Sports Connection provides users with a searchable directory of more than 500 organizations from all five boroughs that offer 50 different sports, including options for children with special needs. The New York Sports Connection weekly newsletter offers the latest information on upcoming tryouts, deadlines, summer and school-break camps, sports clinics, specials events, and local news stories.
Founded by sports fan and NYC dad Aaron Finkel, New York Sports Connection was born of his own frustrations in dealing with the dizzying number of sports options and keeping track of registration deadlines. Finkel saw an opportunity for a comprehensive resource that would serve as a liaison between sports organizations and the communities they serve. "I'm excited for New York Sports Connection to become the first and only place people turn to when researching sporting options in the city," Finkel says.
Website visitors can find private coaches, buy and sell used athletic equipment, and connect with others via the community forum. There's an abundance of helpful information all in one place, including a list of batting cages in the city, places to get a tennis racket restrung, and an extensive list of local sporting goods stores. The site, which is translatable into different languages, also features interviews with NYC youth-sports personalities and profiles of local sports-focused non-profit organizations.
"Sport parenting is no picnic," says Luis Fernando Llosa, NYC father of five, former Sports Illustrated writer, and author of Beyond Winning: Smart Parenting in a Toxic Sports Environment. "I'm so excited we finally have a website like New York Sports Connection that offers frazzled parents a cornucopia of sporting choices so they can decide what is best for their kids."
Parent and commissioner of the West Side Soccer League Dana DiPrima is a fan of New York Sports Connection's weekly newsletter: "My kids play soccer, run track, play tennis and basketball—I love having a place I trust where I can find all the latest opportunities for camps and after-school programs. The weekly newsletter serves it up in a way that's timely, organized, and to the point—one-stop shopping instead of endless Google searches." DiPrima adds that the ability to post announcements in the newsletter gets more kids involved with her organization by helping parents stay abreast of the latest deadlines: "It's upsetting when a family finds out about us after the registration period has closed. New York Sports Connection helps fill the gap."
NYC-based sports organizations that would like their information listed or want to learn how to enhance information already on the site should contact [email protected]
SOURCE New York Sports Connection