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Welcome to

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

Monday, September 24
Youth Advantage PROCESS Basketball Training - Fall 2018

Youth Advantage PROCESS Basketball Training - Fall 2018

WHAT: Basketball Skill Training

WHO: Boys & Girls 12U & 14U

WHEN: Tuesdays - Starting Tuesday September 25th - Tuesday October 23rd - 6:00 - 8:00 PM

WHERE: The Chapel - Cheektowaga Campus. 200 Thruway Plaza Drive - Cheektowaga NY 14225 (Walden & Harlem - Next to Home Depot)



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

Monday, September 10
Youth Advantage High School Basketball League - Fall 2018

Youth Advantage High School Basketball League - Fall 2018

WHO: Boys High School Basketball League

WHAT: A six-game league plus playoffs in three divisions (24 total teams)

WHEN: Monday September 10, 2018 - Monday October 29, 2018. Games @ 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

WHERE: 1st Trinity Lutheran Church, Bennett High School & St Francis High School

COST: $295/team 

ON-LINE REGISTRATION (Individual Player Only):

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

Tuesday, June 12
Youth Advantage Neighborhood Basketball - Summer 2018

Youth Advantage Neighborhood Basketball @ Canisius High School

WHAT: Basketball League

WHO: Boys entering 6th, 7th & 8th grade in September of 2018

WHERE: Canisius High School, Bernard J. Kennedy Fieldhouse - 1180 Delaware Ave. Buffalo, NY 14209

WHEN: Tuesdays beginning Tue June 12th. Games are scheduled at 4:45, 5:30, 6:15, 7:00 & 7:45

COST: $150/team - No weekly referee fee

Team t-shirts will be provided 

Wednesday, March 28
Flag Football Player Web Link



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 5, 2018 

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 or $50 one time payment.

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.  





Tuesday, March 13
Youth Advantage Spring Basketball 2018

Youth Advantage will be conducting the following basketball programs in the Spring of 2018.

#1.) 5th & 6th Grade Basketball League - Sundays @ 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00 PM @ Global Concepts High School in Lackawanna, NY

#2.) 7th & 8th Grade Basketball League - Saturdays @ 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, Noon & 1:00 PM @ Global Concepts High School in Lackawanna, NY

#3.) High School JV Basketball League - Mondays @ 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 PM @ four WNY gyms

#4.) High School Varsity Basketball League - Mondays @ 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30 PM @ four WNY gyms

#5.) PROCESS Basketball - Basketball training on Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 6:00 - 7:30 PM and 7:30 - 9:00 PM @ Baker Hall School in Lackawanna, NY.

#6.) Easter Egg Classic 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament - Tuesday April 3rd & Wednesday April 4th @ Noon - 6:00 PM @ the Riverside Teen Center (Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns) @ Nazareth Lutheran Church.

For on-line registration: 



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. 


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