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Invite All Your Friends

Corbin approached the Street2Street team to say his goodbyes at the end of our outdoor season. As he was saying his “Until next year!” farewell, he looked down at a flyer on the table advertising S2S Virtual. As the seasons changed, our staff added weekly 3-on-3 tournaments to the list of virtual video games we…

No Place I’d Rather Be

The scene could have been in a movie. Not just any movie, but a James Bond, Fast and Furious type movie. It was a Friday afternoon in rush hour traffic when André got the call. “I’m out! Come pick me up!” In a span of minutes, Nick was released from the hospital, traded his hospital…

Be Like Paul

It’s a story we’ve heard before, a story we’ve shared before. A reality we have almost become numb to. But not Paul. Paul is a friend of Coach André and was on the receiving end of a story André shared about a kid at Street2Street. “Zee’s mom is a single mother, trying to make ends meet. His father…

He Looks Just Like Us

He looks just like us. “If Street2Street had tournaments in Houston, he would’ve been our guy”, Coach TaJuan, our NJ Director, stated. “Our connector. Our person of peace. If we were lucky, he would’ve been our coworker.” He looks just like us. “George Floyd’s message was clear”, added Coach André, our NJ/NY Director, “to bring…

Just Like Lupo

There are two types of kids at Street2Street: the one who can’t wait to be old enough to join the program and the one who can’t wait to be old enough to volunteer for the program.   And then there’s Frazier.   Frazier was just old enough to join Street2Street Paterson in 2012 when it…

Thank You for Your Time

Remembering Tony Lupo A S2S volunteer who passed away Thursday April 30 in his home. I first met Tony at S2S Paterson and we instantly hit it off. As you can imagine, 2 outgoing guys, who both love to talk, who love kids and love sports, we were inseparable from the get-go. I couldn’t get enough time…

From a Gun to a Basketball

“Who are you talking to on the phone?” Kenny’s Grandma asked and not a second later appeared on Kenny’s screen waving as he introduced her to his Street2Street family. “Thank you for all that you do for my grandson. Not just basketball, but these talks and life lessons you teach. He wouldn’t have this male leadership if…

To The Virtual World

It’s been a dream of ours for years to host Virtual Street2Street games and leagues. A topic of conversation that has circled as more kids stay home playing video games instead of risking their lives on the streets. Until now it has stayed an idea because, as you know, I’m not a “gamer”, I’m a baller! Until now. Since…

Closer In The Crisis

Shelter in place won’t stop us. Won’t even slow us down. This is too important. We’re different, sure, but not deterred. Coach Tajuan’s voice boomed through phones across the Tri-State area as he led Street2Street basketball practice from his home. Kids like Kyrone in sock feet, in their bedrooms, in basketball uniforms dropped when Coach…

Is It Wednesday Yet?

Their sock-feet slid across the gymnasium floor as they chased basketball after basketball, rebound after rebound.  Their laughter, squeals and energy were unmatched among the crowd of teenagers at Wednesday Night Live. But they didn’t care. They were just happy to be running around and playing after a long day of Kindergarten and First Grade.   Starting Street2Street at…

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