Special Programs, Events and Collaboration

Youth Appreciation Day

Youth Appreciation Day is an annual event that is held in late spring.  This event recognizes all the youth in town that have utilized their time and energy to help out and volunteer in the NAYRS community. This includes all the kids who lend a hand at the Youth Center as well as the high schoolers who participate in our volunteer programs. The evening is filled with awards, gifts, wise words from a guest speaker, and a cookout. 

Core 4 at YAD

Summer Kickoff Party

This is an annual event held for Youth Center members on the last day of school. Each year members can count on a great start to their summer with a cookout, carnival games, inflatables, and more.

summer kickoff

Team AK's Nothin' but Net 3 vs. 3 Tourney

Youth Center member Aaron Kenneally had two seizures within a week when he was in 4th grade and was diagnosed with epilepsy at Boston Children’s Hospital. He was prescribed medicine which kept his condition in check until 7th grade. Between November and June during that school year, he suffered 15 violent seizures. It was during this time that Aaron was moved to the care of Dr. Phillip Pearl, Director of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Pearl worked with Aaron to find the right combination of medicine, nutrition, vitamins, and rest. After several months of testing and exams, Aaron’s condition had stabilized. Aaron has been seizure free for almost two years. Last year, Aaron organized a fundraiser at one of his middle school basketball games and raised $5,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation. After that event he applied and was selected as a National Youth Ambassador for Athletes vs. Epilepsy. In this role he helps educate others about epilepsy and how to respond to seizures and also organizes an annual fundraiser for the Epilepsy Foundation. 2018 was the first year of AK's Nothin but Net tournament hosted by the Youth Center, and it was a very successful event. 23 teams participated with divisions ranging from 6th, 7th and 9th grade boys and an 8th/9th grade girls division. The event was an all day affair where we saw teams and players from North Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, and Lowell. Games were played inside and out with plenty of spectators on hand! The Youth Center was proud to host this event for Aaron and his family to raise money and awareness for the Epilepsy foundation!

Team AK friends

North Andover Crusaders

The North Andover Crusaders utilize our building/gym for their Special Olympics basketball program from November to March. The program brings together Special Olympics Athletes and Unified Partners building friendship, character, leadership and inspiring greatness in all who participate. Contact Brian Downey for more information.


Booster Club Basketball

The Youth Center collaborates with Booster Club basketball during the winter season for team practices, along with the 4th grade Winter Basketball League being held on Saturday mornings at the Youth Center.