Sesame Flyers International Tree Of Love
happy to announce that we have re-launched our Tree of Love
initiative this year. This anonymous outreach program, initiated by
the Winthrop Parent Council about 10 years ago, is dedicated to
bringing a little bit of joy to families residing in a shelter in
what could be their darkest hour. A holiday tree with ornaments
representing each family is placed in the Winthrop Beacon Community
Center, located at 905 Winthrop Street. Individuals and teams are
encouraged to pick one of the leaves, which has a label describing
the family composition with age and gender only, and to prepare
gifts for them.
The gifts, which must be unwrapped and placed in gift bags, may be
delivered to the Winthrop Beacon Center’s Main Office in Room 127 by
December 17th, 2016. Tree of Love contributors can bring the gift
bags Mondays through Fridays from 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM and Saturdays
from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
What a wonderful way to share this joyful season with those who have
little to smile about and help them have a more hopeful outlook on
life. For more information, please contact Judith Faison at
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As the end of 2016 is approaching, we thank you for accompanying us
throughout this amazing year. It has been a year full of countless
blessings and we want to continue to share them!
We are ending our year by extending our hands to those in need. We
have re-launched our Tree of Love program to send gifts to families
in despair and have teamed up with the Brooklyn Metropolis Lions
Club to send reliefs to our fellow Caribbean people in Haiti who
have been devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Our children have been
doing amazing things as well. Two of our Winthrop Beacon Community
Center members have launched what they hope to become a staple in
the Brooklyn Community.
None of this would have been possible without your constant support.
You have helped us fulfill our mission this year. For this, we thank
As we are in the midst of the Holiday season, we encourage you to
keep the kids of Sesame Flyers International Incorporated in mind.
Enjoy our new issue and have a Happy Holiday!
Love a kid
today and everyday!
the desire to renovate their center’s basketball court and to honor
two late active members, two young men from Sesame Flyers’ Winthrop
Beacon Community Center in East Flatbush have started a basketball
tournament this past summer. Using their personal funds, Kacy Reid
and Duane Gillaume
repaired their community’s basketball court and
hosted their first tournament, the Brooklyn Peace Games Summer
Tournament, on August 27th with contributions from local residents
and the Brooklyn Public Library, which donated back to school items
The tournament started with a moment of silence held in memory of
Daniel Diego Weir (Diego) and Coach Antonio Williams (Coach Will)
who died prematurely last year. A series of games were scheduled for
the high school kids, the Diego Division, and the junior high school
kids, the Coach Will Division. Team Bad Dogs won the Diego Division
tournament and team Will-Stars won the Coach Will Division
tournament. More information on the winning teams is provided below.
Another important motive behind the tournaments was to bring
awareness to gun violence, which former volunteer Diego sadly
succumbed to in April 2015 at only 29 years of age. The Winter
Classic opening game, held on November 12th, was a great opportunity
to bring together kids and veterans of the center to stand against
gun violence. Reid and Guillaume were happy to successfully bring
peace and unity through basketball as old foes reunited for a
greater purpose and to remember their late coach and mentor who died
of cancer on December 13th, 2015. Coach Will, who has been with the
Winthrop Beacon Community Center for 15 years, has taught more than
basketball to the numerous kids who went to him. He has provided
guidance to them in all aspects of their life. Diego was also one of
his students. He was a very active member of the center using his
love for basketball to bring joy to his peers. The official
tournament for the Winter Classic will be held on December 10th.
Everyone is encouraged to participate in or contribute to this
initiative. Reid and Gillaume, who formed the Ballout Athletics, are
hoping the tournaments will become a staple in the Brooklyn
Community. For more information, please contact
B.P.G 2016 Summer Champions
DIVISION (HIGH SCHOOL)
Team: Bad Dog
Coach: Stephon Vesprey
Assistant Coach: Kwame Hinds
Players: Isaiah Hinds, Nasir
Modeste, Kino Hinds, Menilik Hinds,
Brandon Alison, Elijah Modeste, Roberto White, Malachi Cherry,
Alvin Altidor, Dorien
WILL DIVISION (JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL)
Team: The Will-Stars
Coach: Kacy Reid
Assistant Coach: Terrance Hudson
Players: Lamar Gordon , Alyjah Hudson, Maurice Mcneil, Kenneth,
Flyers International Incorporated has joined the Brooklyn Metropolis
Lions Club in a drive to help those affected by Hurricane Matthew in
Haiti. On Saturday, November 19th, 2016, Sesame Flyers has made
available two of its campuses, its main office, at 3510 Church
Avenue, and the Winthrop Beacon Community Center, at 905 Winthrop
Street, for people to come between 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM to drop off
toiletries, clothing and unused undergarments to be sent to Haiti.
While the main focus was to send personal care items (i.e.
toothpaste, toothbrush and soap) to the victims, the Brooklyn
Metropolis Lions Club has welcomed any other donations, including
money, which will be accepted until a date is set for the shipment.
Many people have taken part in the drive and have brought a
multitude of items filling up close to 50 barrels. Those who did not
get a chance to participate on Saturday are encouraged to bring
their donation as soon as possible to Sesame Flyers’ main office or
contact Abigale Cotler, Vice-President of the Brooklyn Metropolis
Lions Club, at 917-923-7132