About New York Lightning:
The New York Lightning (“NYL”), a subsidiary of the Long Island Lightning Basketball organization, is one of New York City’s most successful of its kind. While many know of its participation in the high-profile Nike EYBL Circuit, the premier high school showcase league in the country, very few are aware of the broad-reaching social and educational programs it deploys to the other student-athletes that are part of the organization.
Unlike other larger-scale AAU basketball organizations, the NYL considers itself a grassroots endeavor. We do not have a board of directors composed of wealthy individuals by design. However, we do have an advisory board who assists us with decision making and strategic organizational direction. This has enabled us to maintain the control and integrity of our program, focusing on the development of young athletes with the goal of them becoming productive members of their communities. Being part of the community is central to the success of the NYL. We are very selective in every aspect of the organization - from the coaches and other professionals to the athletes and their families. We demand a lot from our athletes not only on the court but off of it as well. They are expected to contribute to their community in a positive way and study diligently in the classroom.
The annual Omar Sharif Scholarship Award
Hailing from CCNY, The first recipient is Michael Cory Jr.
This award represents a student-athlete who shows honor, dignity, and integrity along with outstanding achievement in academics and athletics, a student-athlete who exemplifies Omar's legacy. A huge congratulations from your family at New York Lightning!
This is an Annual fund and we will continue to grow and make donations each year.
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