Senior Night 2014


On June 3, New Heights celebrated its 27 graduating seniors at our 5th annual High School Senior Night. The event took place at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in Times Square. The event was a wonderful celebration of our graduating student-athletes, which included families, staff and many New Heights supporters who were in attendance. The night was highlighted by senior speaker Maria Backman (University of Michigan, Class of 2018) and guest speaker, NBA player and NCAA champion, Emeka Okafor.

Maria, a member of New Heights since middle school, spoke about the doors that New Heights opened for her and shared some of her memories of the program.

When it was Okafor’s turn to speak, he imparted an inspirational message to the seniors, sharing with them the importance of not forgetting where you come from, never thinking that you’re too good for anything, and always working hard. “There are going to be certain situations in your life that you may think are above you or too hard”, Okafor said. “But you have to remember, I can handle this. Why? Because you’re doing it now, you've done it.” The seniors were thrilled to listen to him and get the opportunity to meet and take pictures with him.

New Heights is so proud of these 27 young men and women.  Once again, 100% of our senior class graduated high school, and that is a testament to their hard work and perseverance.  Congratulations to the Class of 2014! The future is bright for this special group.

NH Alums: College Debut

New Heights alums are making their mark early in the women's college basketball season. Seton Hall senior Didi Simmons has led her team to a 3-0 start and scored 18 pts, grabbed 10 boards and dished out four assist in a victory over Rider. Her twin sister, Desi, is averaging 11 pints for the 1-1 St. Rose squad. Her teammate, Staci Barrett, is averaging 10 points per game plus 7 rebounds. Tia Scott, a sophomore at Merrimack, scored 14 points and dished out seven assist in an 86-77 victory over Mansfield U. At Adelphi, Sade Jackson and Jenna Halaby led the team to an opening game victory. Sade almost had a triple-double (13pts, 10 assists, 8 rebounds), while Jenna had 19 points and 5 boards. Congrats and good luck to all of our alums! 

New Heights Honored As 2013 Top-Rated Non-Profit!




New Award is Based on Positive Online Reviews

We are proud to announced that we have been honored with a prestigious 2013 Top-Rated Award by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

We are excited to be named a Top-Rated 2013 Nonprofit. We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including graduating the class of 2013, hosting a successful summer academy, and winning several championships on the court.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit award was based on the large number of positive reviews that New Heights received – reviews written by volunteers, donors and families. People posted their personal experience with us.  For example, one person wrote, “By focusing on academics first, [New Heights] show[s] the children how their priorities should be aligned. I'm very impressed with this organization.”

While the Top-Rated Awards run through the end of October, New Heights was part of the inaugural group to qualify for the year. “Donors want to see the impact of their donations more than ever,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “People with direct experience with New Heights have voted that the organization is making a real difference.”

Thank you to all those who wrote reviews in support of our program. Your comments and reflective stories were a pleasure to read. Please continue to visit New Heights, and check our website for upcoming events.


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High School Open House - October 19, 2013

[cvm_video id="1658"]On October 19, 2013 over 25 top boarding, parochial, private & public schools joined to speak with our youth & families. Since 2005, over 300 New Heights student-athletes have matriculated into college preparatory high schools thanks in part to introductions made at this annual event. Thank you to all that participated.

To view photos CLICK HERE


Thank You For Your Support!

Saturday Skills 2013


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Saturday Skills is a developmental basketball and life skills program.  It begins with a series of fundamental basketball skills clinics aimed at teaching elementary and middle school student-athletes basketball and life skills in a fun and supportive teaching and learning environment.  The program is led by experienced, well-trained youth basketball coaches.


Promising young athletes interested in being coached to develop fundamental basketball and life skills and learn to play the game of basketball at a high level.  The program is available to boys and girls ages 8 to 12 years old (3rd grade – 6th grade).

CLICK HERE for the boys' schedule            CLICK HERE for the girls' schedule


The program starts Sept. 28, 2013

Boys’ Location:

PAL Harlem Center

441 Manhattan Avenue

New York, NY 10026

(corner of 119th St. & Manhattan Ave)

9-11 a.m.

Girls’ Location

Jewish Community Center

334 Amsterdam Ave.

New York, NY 10023

(corner of 76th & Amsterdam)

9-10:30 a.m.


Bring Cash or Money Order for $25 registration fee on first day of program, Sept. 28, 2013

For more info, contact: Rahme Anderson                                            Phone: 212-426-4667