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Mike Handell – Executive Director

Mike grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and started Kids of Summer in 2002 following a successful High School career at the Bronx High School of Science. He finished as a 3 year Varsity starter, two time team MVP and was elected team Captain his Senior year. After finishing with a .460 career batting average he was selected to the All-Bronx team and prestigious Daily News All-Senior City All-Star game as the starting first basemen for the Bronx/Manhattan team. He went on to captain the Syracuse University Baseball Club eventually helping to coach and manage the team. After college in addition to running Kids of Summer he was the head Middle School baseball coach at the United Nations International School leading them the four championship appearances in a row and back to back ISAL titles. Most importantly, Mike knows how to coach young athletes. He understands the ups and downs of sports, how to make sports fun, what young players need to learn and how to support them in the many ups and downs they have on and off the field. He loves getting to know the Kids of Summer families and watching campers grow and mature through the years!

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Brian Handell – Program Director

Brian Handell was born to play and coach sports.  Raised on the Upper West Side, he had a successful athletic career at Beacon High School where he won a PSAL baseball championship and was the leading scorer in all of the PSAL as captain of the soccer team.  He went on to attend the University of Delaware as a member of their division I soccer team.

Brian has been developing his passion for coaching at Kids of Summer over the past 10 years and is now the assistant director and in charge of programming for the summer camp making it a true family business with his brother Mike.  Brian also works with our oldest campers, ages 12-14 to push and encourage them in their development as athletes.  During the “off-season” Brian is the Athletic Director at The Computer School, a public middle school on the Upper West Side where he head coaches boys baseball, boys and girls basketball and boys soccer.   Brian love for his Yankees as well as the Rangers, Knicks, Giants and World Cup Soccer is only surpassed by his passion, energy, enthusiasm and knowledge when it comes to coaching children.

Cory Sanders – Basketball Director / Head Coach

Cory runs our summer and year-round basketball program. Cory brings 10+years of coaching experience at the AAU, middle school and high school levels following a successful college playing career.  Cory has an amazing ability to patiently teach the game of basketball to all levels.  His fun, energetic, challenging and structured camp programs make campers return summer after summer and help them drastically improve their skills.  Cory’s knowledge of the game is second to none and campers who spend just a short time with him improve quickly and gain confidence.  We guarantee that Cory will not only improve your child’s game, but they will end their time with him with a deeper love and understanding of the game than when they started.