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2018 Big Night Out!

Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Event Location: 
espace, 635 West 42nd Street | New York City

2017 Big Night Out

Big Night Out!, Manhattan Country School’s annual spring benefit to support sliding-scale tuition is Saturday, April 28. The event features the Living the Dream Mentor Award ceremony, dinner, dancing and an online auction. Revenue from Big Night Out! helps MCS raise the more than $2 million needed to sustain our sliding-scale tuition program each year.


6 p.m. Cocktail Reception 

7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Award Ceremony,

Dinner & Dancing



635 West 42nd Street | New York City




Each year, Manhattan Country School honors excellence and leadership in progressive education, arts and sciences, social and environmental justice, and community activism with its Living the Dream Mentor Award. This year, we honor four individuals who exemplify MCS’ vision and mission by promoting social justice through sports.

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, Founder, Muslim Girls Hoop Too and Dribbling Down Barriers

Bilqis Abdul-QaaderIn 2010, Bilqis became the first NCAA Division I basketball player to play while wearing a hijab. After college, she intended to play basketball professionally, but couldn’t because of an International Basketball Federation rule banning hijabs. While her own dream was benched, she spoke out for the next generation. Through her efforts, the ban was overturned in 2017. Today, Bilqis inspires young Muslim women as a sports instructor and motivational speaker.



Harris Friess ’98 and Lyle Friess ’00, Co-Executive Directors, Brooklyn Youth Sports Club

Harris Friess  Lyle FriessHarris and Lyle established the Brooklyn Youth Sports Club (BKYSC) in 2009 to provide an enriching educational setting for economically disadvantaged youth. Through the club, the brothers use athletics as a vehicle to inspire more than 300 students each year to fulfill their academic, physical and personal potential. BKYSC is driven by an ethical imperative to instill values of integrity, perseverance, self-esteem and hard work to empower student-athletes to be leaders in school, on the court and in the community.


Jermaine Lloyd, Founder, Back 2 Basics Academy

Jermaine LloydJermaine is the founder of Back 2 Basics Academy, a nonprofit organization that provides year-round basketball training. The academy’s mission is to help young boys and girls in New York City’s underserved communities develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and to prepare them for real-life challenges. Jermaine has more than 19 years of classroom teaching experience and more than 25 years in coaching and athletic training. Since 2003, he has taught physical education, science, and community service and has led Afterschool and City Camp activities at Manhattan Country School.



Video From 2017 Big Night Out!

Ta-Nehisi Coates, journalist and author
2017 Living the Dream Mentor Award Honoree

Pictures From 2017 Big Night Out!

Big Night Out! 2017