Bridging the gap between school, community, and family.

Hearts & Hoops

Rising Stars partners with many community-based organizations to expose our student-athletes to volunteer work and service projects.

  • Alzheimer’s All-Star Basketball Classic
  • Ronald McDonald House Meals from the Heart Program
  • NY METS and NY CARES Coat Drive
  • The Hance Family Foundation Toy Drive
  • Long Island Lutheran High School Meal Packing Event
  • Supplies for Success
  • Homeless Bus
  • Take this Phone and Glove it
  • CityMeals on Wheels
  • Operation Gratitude

Full Court Assist Leadership Program

After parents, peers have the greatest influence on pre-teens and teens’ lives. Rising Stars pairs older student-athletes with younger student-athletes for mentorship. This is a peer-driven effort, where kids encourage and guide each other through the building blocks of success. Mentorship, character building, and goal setting are accomplished through this program.

Community Outreach Program

Rising Stars builds stronger relationships for Long Island and NYC’s most at-risk children by partnering with families, schools, and communities. The teams of our Community Outreach Program play for free. All student-athletes in the program attend a free mandatory tutoring session once a week. Report cards are monitored, goals defined, and individual plans devised.

Additionally, some of our Community Outreach Program participants receive free, yearly YMCA memberships and access to all Y activities.

Our Partners

We partner with various organizations to provide a well rounded experience to our student-athletes.

Education Partners

  • St. Francis Preparatory School

  • Archbishop Molloy High School

  • Holy Trinity High School

  • Lawrence Woodmere Academy

  • Chaminade

  • Holy Cross High School

  • Long Island Lutheran High School

  • St. John The Baptist High School

  • Sacred Heart Academy

  • Our Lady of Mercy

  • St. Dominic High School

  • SUNY Cortland

  • Adelphi University

  • The University of Scranton

  • Christ the King High School

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    St. Anthony’s High School

Community Outreach Partners

  • YMCA

  • Ronald McDonald House

  • Hance Family Foundation

  • Yes! for schools

  • Alzheimer’s All Stars Basketball Classic

  • Luhi Meal Packing – Meals From the Heart

  • The Homeless Bus

  • The Knicks

  • NY METS & NYCares

  • NBPA

  • Glove It