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Applications open for 2024 summer night lights baseball, Co-Ed softball leagues in NYC

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In an exciting announcement for youth across New York City, the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has launched applications for the upcoming 2024 season of Summer Night Lights.

This popular program offers free baseball and co-ed softball leagues, providing structured and engaging opportunities for young individuals aged 12 to 18.

Scheduled to commence on July 9th and running through the end of August, the Summer Night Lights games will take place at the historic Elston Gene Howard Field in the Bronx.

This iconic location, known as the original site of Yankee Stadium, will host league matches every Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The Summer Night Lights initiative is a collaborative effort involving the DYCD, the New York Yankees, the New York Police Department (NYPD) and their Blue Chips program, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks), and SCAN-Harbor.

Together, these organizations are dedicated to providing young people with more than just athletic opportunities; the program aims to foster recreation, social responsibility, and healthy competition among participants.

Youth interested in participating are encouraged to apply promptly, as applications will be accepted until Friday, April 12th. The program promises not only a chance to play sports but also a platform for personal growth and community engagement.

Commissioner Bill Chong of the DYCD expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming season, highlighting the positive impact of Summer Night Lights on local communities. He emphasized the importance of such initiatives in providing constructive outlets for youth during the summer months.

This annual program has become a staple in New York City, drawing in young athletes from various neighborhoods and backgrounds. The combination of sports, mentorship, and community involvement makes Summer Night Lights an invaluable resource for nurturing talent and fostering camaraderie.

For more information on how to apply or get involved with the 2024 Summer Night Lights leagues, interested individuals can visit the DYCD website or contact program coordinators directly. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to join a vibrant and supportive sports community this summer in the heart of the Bronx!

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