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 three individuals who exemplify MCS’ vision and mission by promoting social justice through sports.
Harris Friess ’98 and Lyle Friess ’00, Co-Executive Directors, Brooklyn Youth Sports Club
Harris 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; Team Sports Coach, 9-10s Science Teacher and Lower School Movement Teacher, Manhattan Country School
Jermaine 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.
Harris, Lyle and Jermaine will be honored at Big Night Out!, Manhattan Country School's annual benefit in support of sliding-scale tution. This year's event takes place Saturday, April 28 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at espace, 635 West 42nd Street. For more information about Big Night Out!, visit manhattancountryschool.org/2018-big-night-out.