Rising Stars makes a meaningful difference in our society by changing the course of young lives.

Former New York Governor George Pataki

You have me in tears right now! I cannot express my sincerest THANKS to you and the committee for providing my son with this wonderful opportunity. I have always worked very hard to provide avenues for my children that would keep them off the streets and out of harm’s way. However, doing so has usually meant sacrificing one activity to provide one of my children with another. You have absolutely no idea how this gracious scholarship will not only help my son, but his four-year old sister, and fifteen-year-old brother, as well. Thank you again for this amazing gift to my whole family.


I am very thankful to you for the program scholarship you have offered me. Rising Stars has given me so much to look forward to and I hope to continue for a long time. When I getolder I plan to come back and coach and mentor kids just like me.


I have so much to be grateful for as I have been blessed to be part of the Rising Stars basketball program. I have been playing basketball since I was 4 years old and now almost 10 years later many of my dreams are coming true. My experience of being part of this basketball family has taught me to work hard, improve, and give back. I always dreamed of playing varsity basketball at a great school and after playing with Rising Stars  teams with the amazing coaches, I have been greatly prepared for my first varsity season as an 8th grader. I have met many new teammates and always enjoy when we are able to do community service together to help others in need and to show our appreciation. I will continue to make the Rising Stars staff proud of my efforts on and off the court. I am forever grateful for this continued opportunity and wear my red and black Rising Stars uniformand clothing with great pride. I will forever be grateful to the Rising Stars Board of Directors and staff for the amazing opportunity to attend one of the best schools in the state!


My grandson Ryan was one of the fortunate ones to receive a full scholarship through Rising Stars to attend Holy Cross High School. I was honored to attend the presentation in Manhattan. It was such a blessing to see the unselfish, committed donors that pledged financial commitments to provide our youth with opportunities that would otherwise be lost. Rising Stars is transforming lives and I just want to say thank you for all you have done for my family. Your support is invaluable. You have caused life altering experiences to come into my family’s life and the lives of so many others and we all are eternally grateful.