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Youth Advantage! 



is a Buffalo, New York sports club ... with a difference!

Glen Lomax & Damien Goodwin

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Before the Game
Halftime Huddle

What Makes Us Different???? 

Games begin with a commitment to SPORTSMANSHIP at center court.

At halftime of each game, 10 minutes is put on the game clock and a HALFTIME HUDDLE takes place at center court.

HALFTIME HUDDLES involve areas of physical, social, mental & spiritual development.

All games end with a HANDSHAKE LINE.

Our COACHES are required to be examples of good conduct, especially when dealing with referees, players and opponents.

Youth Advantage is affiliated with the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo & Western New York.

Post-Game Handshake

Friday, December 1
Youth Advantage Plays in the Western NY Christian Basketball League - Winter 2017-18

Youth Advantage is registering three teams in the WNY Christian Basketball League - Winter 2017-18.

Youth Advantage A-1 coached by Russ Kingsbury & Greg Fields. A team of mostly 9th-11th grade boys from various Buffalo & WNY schools (Riverside, McKinley, Orchard Park, JFK, Park School, Canisius, Alden & Depew). 

Youth Advantage A-2 coached by John Cusack. Coach John's roster includes players from Middle College, CSAT, Amherst Christian Academy to name a few. This team should be considered a favorite to compete for the title. 

Youth Advantage C coached by Aurea Espada. A tough group of 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th graders that will press, defend & attack the basket in every game. These players represent schools from all over WNY. 

All games are played on Saturdays at Trinity Lutheran on Reserve Rd. in West Seneca, NY.

 Teams practice at Baker Hall School on Tuesdays & Thursdays. 


Monday, July 3
Lackawanna Recreation Dept 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Lackawanna Recreation Dept 3-on3 Basketball Tournament

A double-elimination (three games guaranteed) 3-on-3 basketball tournament 

WHEN: Saturday July 22, 2017 - 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

WHERE: Victory Playground - 2909 South Park Ave. Lackawanna, NY

COST: $40/team. Checks payable to: City of Lackawanna

Three Divisions: CO-ED 11 & Under, Boys 12-14 & Boys 15-18. (PROOF OF AGE REQUIRED) 

If a team has player/players from different age divisions, that team will automatically required to play in the older age division. 

Trophies Awarded for 1st Place, 2nd Place, Sportsmanship & Toilet Bowl

T-Shirts Provided.

Applications available on "Forms & Brochures" Tab

Drop apps off at Lackawanna Recreation Office or email to

Questions? Call Russ Kingsbury @ 716.602.7546


Monday, July 3
West Side Community Services 3-on-3 Basketball

West Side Community Services 3-on-3 Basketball

WHAT: 3-on-3 Basketball for boys/girls ages 14-18

WHEN: Starts Friday July 14 & ends Friday August 18th - 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

WHERE: West Side Community Services - 161 Vermont St. Buffalo, NY 14213


QUESTIONS? Call Russ Kingsbury 716.602.7546  

Monday, July 3
Youth Advantage 14207 Basketball Camp

Youth Advantage 14207 Basketball Camp

WHAT: A twice/weekly basketball camp for boys & girls age 8-18

WHEN: Starts Monday July 10th  & ends Friday August 18th - Mondays & Wednesdays - 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

WHERE: Riverside Park basketball courts


Sponsored by North District Common Councilmember Joseph Golombek

QUESTIONS? Call Russ Kingsbury @ 716.602.7546 


Thursday, April 27
Youth Advantage Summer Day Camps 2017

Youth Advantage Summer Day Camps 2017

Youth Advantage is running four FREE (for BPS Students) summer day camps as part of the Say Yes to Education summer camp initiative.

WHO: Buffalo Public School students - Kindergarten (5 yrs old) to 6th grade (still eligible for camp if a child is entering 7th grade in Sept 2017)

WHAT: Day Camp - Reading, Math, Arts & Crafts and Recreation. Two field trips. Breakfast & Lunch 

COST: FREE to all Buffalo Public School students

$200/camper for private, charter & suburban school students 

WHEN: Monday July 10th to Friday August 18th. 8:00 AM - Noon

WHERE: Four Camp Sites

Victory International Church

688 Tonawanda St. Buffalo, NY 14207

Renovation Church

567 Hertel Ave. Buffalo, NY 14207

Our Lady of Charity at Holy Family

1901 South Park Ave. Buffalo, NY 14220

St. Teresa RC Church

1974 Seneca St. Buffalo, NY 14210 

REGISTRATION - Download CAMP ENROLLMENT PACKET at our "Forms & Brochures" tab 

Send to:

Youth Advantage/Wellness Institute

65 Niagara Square - Room 607

Buffalo, NY 14202

OR Email to:

QUESTIONS??? Call Russ Kingsbury @ (716) 602-7546   

Thursday, April 27
Youth Advantage Post & Perimeter Basketball Training

Post & Perimeter Basketball Training

 WHAT: A 16-session program of basketball training focusing on post play and perimeter shooting and the interplay between them.

WHO: Boys & Girls ages 13-18 

WHEN: Tuesdays & Thursdays - Starts Tue May 2nd & ends Thur June 28th. Two sessions each night.

Session #1: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Session #2: 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM 

WHERE: Baker Hall School - 777 Ridge Rd. Lackawanna NY 14218

The parking lot is behind the school & Basilica. Enter the parking lot through a driveway from South Park Ave just south of Ridge Rd marked by a white sign with a red arrow. Enter the yellow school building to the right of the gazebo. 

COST: $150/athlete 

Checks payable to: Youth Advantage.

Send Checks to: Youth Advantage/The Wellness Institute - 65 Niagara Sq. Room 607, Buffalo, NY 14202 

Questions? Call Russ Kingsbury @ 716.602.7546 

Saturday, April 1
Flag Football Player Web Link


NFL Flag Football

What: A six-week NFL Flag Football League

Who: Boys & girls in four age/grade divisions. Ages 10 & under, 12 & under (6th grade & under), ages 13-14 (7th - 8th grade) & ages 15-18 (9th - 12th grade)

When: Saturdays 9:00 AM - Noon. Starting Sat May 6, 2017

Where: Pierce Field at Mulroy Park. Corner of Tifft & South Park. Behind Our Lady of Charity - Holy Family Parish. Parking entrance off South Park Ave. Buffalo, NY 14220

Cost: One-time Player Registration Fee - $25/player. PLUS $5/player/game.

Checks payable to Youth Advantage.

Checks can be mailed to: 

Youth Advantage/Wellness Institute. 65 Niagara Square Room 607. Buffalo, NY 14202

How to register a player: TWO PARTS

#1: Players register for league insurance at:

#2: Download Player Registration Brochure from this website's FORMS & BROCHURES page.

Complete Player Registration Brochure & mail it to:

Youth Advantage/Wellness Institute. 65 Niagara Square Room 607. Buffalo, NY 14202

Please include $25 Player Registration  Fee with Player Registration brochure mailing.

How to register a coach: 

See the Youth Advantage NFL Flag Football page on FACEBOOK! 

Questions?? Call League Commissioner Christopher Denny @ (716) 697-6659 or YA Director Russ Kingsbury @ (716) 602-7546.  





Wednesday, April 5
Easter Egg 3on3 Basketball Tournament

Northtowns BGC Easter Egg 3on3 Basketball Tournament 2017

WHAT: 3on3 Basketball Tournament. Two Divisions A & B 

WHO: Boys ages 14-18. Twenty teams (80 players). Four player teams (teams can play with three players)

WHEN: Monday April 10th & Tuesday April 11th. Noon - 5:00 PM

WHERE: Riverside Boys & Girls Club @ Nazareth Lutheran Church. 265 Skillen St. Buffalo, NY 14207 

COST: Free for Northtowns BGC members. $10/player for non-members.

REGISTRATION: To register a team or player, download the Player Registration Form from the "Forms & Brochures" page on this website. Complete it and either drop it off at the Riverside BGC or email it to

Tournament Rules are on YA Website 

QUESTIONS: Call Russ Kingsbury @ 716.602.7546  

Sponsored by North District Buffalo Common Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr. 

Monday, March 6
Youth Advantage High School Basketball League - SPRING 2017


WHAT: A seven (7) week high school basketball league.

WHO: JV & Varsity Boys 

WHEN: Starts Monday March 20th. Games begin at 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

WHERE: First Trinity Lutheran Church (NORTH), Bennett High School (CENTRAL), Holy Angels/CSAT (CENTRAL) & St Francis High School (SOUTH)

COST: $275/team

Contact Russ Kingsbury for details (716) 602-7546    

Monday, March 6
Northtowns Boys & Girls Clubs High School Basketball League

Northtowns BGC High School Basketball League -

Spring 2017

WHO: High School Boys ages 14-18 (must join the Northtowns Boys & Girls Clubs - $10)

WHAT: A seven (7) week basketball league

WHERE: Riverside Boys & Girls Club @ Nazareth Lutheran Church - 265 Skillen Buffalo, NY 14207

WHEN: Wednesdays & Fridays starting with registration/orientation on Fri March 10th @ the Club. @ 7:00 PM

COST: Join the Northtowns Clubs! $10    

QUESTIONS? Call Russ Kingsbury (716) 602-7546 

Wednesday, March 1
Youth Advantage Programs - Winter 2016

Lackawanna Recreation Department Youth Programs WINTER-SPRING Soccer/Basketball  SESSION #2

WHAT: Youth Advantage is partnering with the Lackawanna Recreation Dept, Baker-Victory Services & NYS Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns to bring youth recreation programs to the City of Lackawanna & the southtowns community.

5:30 PM Pee-Wee Soccer - Boys & Girls ages 4-6 ($20 Lackawanna residents. $25 Non-residents)

5:30 PM Intermediate Soccer - Boys & Girls ages 7-8 ($20 Lackawanna residents. $25 Non-residents)

6:30 PM Basketball Level 1 - Boys & Girls ages 9-11 ($20 Lackawanna residents. $25 Non-residents)

6:30 PM Basketball Level 2 - Boys & Girls ages 12-14 ($20 Lackawanna residents. $25 Non-residents)

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM Neighborhood 15 Basketball - Boys ages 15-18 ($20 Lackawanna residents. $25 Non-residents)

WHEN: Tuesdays & Thursdays - Session #2 (Tue March 7th - Thur April 13th) 

WHERE: Baker Hall School at 777 Ridge Rd. Lackawanna, NY 14218 (Enter rear parking lot behind Basilica using entrance off South Park Avenue)  

Registration Forms available at:  or at the "Forms & Brochures" tab on this site.

Call Russ Kingsbury @ (716) 602-7546 for info


Tuesday, January 24
Sunday Basketball at Baker

Sunday Basketball at Baker

What: Two basketball leagues

Who: Boys & Girls ages 11 & under (5th & 6th Grade) and Boys ages 12-14 (7th & 8th Grade)

Where: Baker Hall School. 777 Ridge Rd. Lackawanna, NY 14218. (Enter through smoked glass doors from rear parking lot. Enter lot from South Park Ave just south of Ridge Rd. Parking lot entrance is marked by a white sign with a red arrow.)

When: Sundays 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 & 5:30 - beginning February 12th

How: register using form on www; or download from the "Forms & Brochures" tab on this site

Cost: One-time player registration fee of $20 (each player) PLUS $3/player each game.

Sponsored by Lackawanna Recreation Dept., Baker Victory Services, The Wellness Institute & NYS Assemblyman Michael P. Kearns 

Questions? Call Russ Kingsbury @ (716) 602-7546 

Thursday, November 3
Youth Advantage High School Basketball League - Fall 2016 RESULTS

Youth Advantage High School Basketball League - Fall 2016 RESULTS

Junior Varsity Bracket

Iroqouis JV defeats Orchard Park JV 33-30 for the JV Championship

MVP: Sean Holleig - Iroqouis JV

Christian Conduct: Ethan Swiatek - Orchard Park JV

Iroqouis JV coached by Todd Kleitz & Orchard Park JV coached by Chuck Mancabelli.

Varsity B Bracket

Youth Advantage defeats Canisius JV 55-49 for the Varsity B Championship

MVP: Ian Bochynski - Youth Advantage

Christian Conduct: Dewayne Vass - Canisius JV

Youth Advantage is a team comprised of players whose schools do not have a team and is coached by Bill "Ice" Russell.

Canisius JV moved up to the Varsity A bracket & upset two varsity teams to gain the championship game. Canisius JV is coached by Joe Zera.

Varsity A Bracket

St Francis defeats Canisius 50-41 for the Varsity A Championship.

MVP: Julian Cunningham - St Francis

Christian Conduct: Austin James - Canisius

St Francis won their first-ever Youth Advantage varsity championship and is coached by Brian Ferris. Canisius is coached by Kyle Husband. 

Monday, September 12
Youth Advantage High School Basketball League - Fall 2016

Youth Advantage High School Basketball League - Fall 2016

WHAT: Twenty-two team Junior Varsity & Varsity Basketball League

WHEN: Starts on Monday September 12, 2016 & ends Monday October 31, 2016. 

WHERE: Bennett High School, First Trinity Lutheran Church, St Francis High School & Baker Hall School.

COST: $275/team

WHO: Amherst Varsity, Amherst JV, Canisius Varsity, Canisius JV, East High, Emerson, Global Concepts, Gowanda, Iroqouis JV, Maritime, Middle College, Nichols, Orchard Park Varsity, Orchard Park JV, St Joe's Varsity, St Joe's JV, St Francis Varsity, St Francis JV, Silver Creek JV, Sweet Home, Williamsville North & Youth Advantage.

Questions? Call Russ Kingsbury @ (716) 602-7546 or email 

Sunday, September 18
Youth Advantage Punt Pass & Kick

Youth Advantage Punt Pass & Kick - Fall 2016

WHAT: NFL/Buffalo Bills Punt Pass & Kick Competition

WHEN: Sunday September 18, 2016 - 9:00 AM - Noon 

WHERE: Pierce Field at Mulroy Park. Corner of Tifft & South Park Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220 

WHO: Boys & Girls compete in five age groups. Boys 6-7, Girls 6-7, Boys 8-9, Girls 8-9, Boys 10-11, Girls 10-11, Boys 12-13, Girls 12-13, Boys 14-15, Girls 14-15.


HOW: Three stations. #1. Skills Clinic featuring Erie Community College QB Sam Castronova. #2. Practice Station & #3. Measuring Station.

MORE: Free Hot Dogs, Water & Fruit. T-shirts & prizes.


QUESTIONS? Call Youth Advantage Football Commissioner Christopher Denny (716) 697-6659 


Tuesday, April 26
Neighborhood 60 Basketball - Summer 2016

Neighborhood 60 Basketball - Summer 2016

Youth Advantage will conduct five Neighborhood 60 basketball leagues in the summer of 2016. 

WHO: High School Boys - ages 14-18 (Grades 9-12 as of Sept 2016). One June 2016 graduate allowed per team

WHAT: Five six-team leagues - 60 players each league - Six weeks

WHEN: Starts Tuesday July 5th & ends Thursday August 12th. Three games each night - 5:30, 6:30 & 7:30 PM


Monday - East Buffalo (CityReach Buffalo)

Tuesday - Riverside (tentative - Riverside Park)

Wednesday - South Buffalo (St Ambrose Church Gym)

Thursday - Butler Mitchell Boys & Girls Club

Friday - West Side Community Services 


Youth Advantage is accepting both individual & team registrations. 


Neighborhood 60 Brochure, N60 Team Roster Form & Player Registration Form is @ Forms & Brochures tab  

Email completed Player Registration Form to: 

Questions?? Call Russ Kingsbury @ (716) 602-7546 

Friday, March 11
Youth Advantage High School Basketball Spring 2016

Youth Advantage High School Basketball League Spring 2016. 

32 Teams - Eight JV & Twenty-six Varsity teams!


Amherst Varsity, Bennett, Canisius, CSAT, Depew, DUNKirk, E. Aurora, Gowanda, Iroquois, Lancaster, Maryvale, Middle Early College, Niagara Wheatfield, Nichols, Cardinal O'Hara, Oracle Charter, Orchard Park, Riverside, St Francis, St Joes, Silver Creek, Sweet Home, West Seneca West, Williamsville East, Will North, Willie Hutch Jones Sports Clinics.

Monday nights starting March 14th.

Bennett High School, Charter School of Applied Technologies, First Trinity Lutheran Church & St Francis High School.


Amherst JV, Canisius JV, Iroquois JV, Lancaster JV, St Francis JV, St Joes JV, Tapestry Charter JV, West Seneca West JV, Williamsville East JV.

 We are looking for a gym to house the JV Division

 $275/team. Checks payable to Youth Advantage

Questions? Russ Kingsbury (716) 602-7546 


Saturday, January 2
Youth Advantage Basketball - Winter 2016

Youth Advantage Basketball - Winter 2016

Youth Advantage 12 & Under Basketball League: Boys & Girls ages 12 & under (6th grade & younger). Saturdays beginning on Saturday January 2, 2016. Games will be played at CityReach Buffalo/Expressway A/G Church @  9:30 AM, 10:30 AM & 11:30 AM. Cost is $25/player registration fee plus $3/week paid by each player. Both teams & individual players are welcome. Seven games plus playoffs.

Youth Advantage Young Men's Basketball League: Men ages 18-30 (there are 30 year olds who will play). Sunday afternoons beginning on Sunday January 10, 2016. Games will be played at CityReach Buffalo/Expressway A/G Church @  1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:30 PM & 4:30 PM. Cost is $35/player registration fee plus $40/weekly reff fee paid by team. Both teams & individual players are welcome. Seven games plus playoffs.

Neighborhood 15 Basketball: Boys High School Basketball (7th & 8th grade may participate). Wednesdays beginning on January 20, 2016. Neighborhood 15 is played at St. Ambrose Church @ 7:15 - 9:30 PM. Cost is $10/player registration fee plus $3/week paid by each player. Four parts: Basketball Training, Spiritual Training, Team Prayer & Basketball Scrimmages. 

Our Mission

To reach out to at-risk youth in Greater Buffalo & WNY, using sports leagues, clinics & camps to build relationships that will forever impact their lives.   


Call Executive Director Russ Kingsbury @ (716) 602-7546 (cell) or e-mail