History

In August 2003, Sam and John Torres established the Bridgeport Caribe Youth League (BCYL) in memory of their late father, Martin. Their goal was to provide children, especially the Latino children in the city of Bridgeport, with a dedicated activity in which they could participate and grow. Sam and John recruited a group of dedicated individuals to form a Board of Directors and the league’s first baseball game was played on Saturday, May 1, 2004.

In eight years BCYL has expanded the services offered to children in the Greater Bridgeport area to include sports, education and community programs. We currently serve over 500 children annually between the ages 5-18.

Some of the services provided in the sports arena include baseball, fall baseball, basketball and baseball clinics, girls’ softball, basketball and cheerleading.

In the area of education, we have a Power Reading Program, as well as an academy which prepares high school students for their SAT’s. In 2008 a high school and college scholarship program was established, and fives scholarships have been awarded to date.

In the community arena, BCYL stresses the importance of giving back to the community. Various activities are held throughout the year to allow our children to experience the joy of giving and to emphasize the impact someone can make "Beyond the Game". BCYL is recognized for its desire to assist children in many facets other than sports, and for its family-like atmosphere.

Awards and Recognitions

Bridgeport Caribe Youth League has received a number of awards and recognition in the past eight years.

In 2004, then Mayor of Bridgeport, John Fabrizi, proclaimed May 1st as Bridgeport Caribe Youth League Day and provided the League with a proclamation.

The Hispanic Professional Network presented BCYL with an Award for Hispanic Excellence in Athletics at their Annual Awards Ceremony in Hartford on September 18, 2004. The award was presented by Roberto Clemente, Jr. to Sam Torres, who accepted the award on behalf of the League. We also received a Proclamation from former Governor Jodi Rell recognizing and honoring BCYL for its work in the community.

The League received an Official Statement from Governor Jodi Rell for outstanding service and commitment to excellence.

BCYL received The Bridgeport Hispanic Officers’ Society Award for community Service at their Annual Ball on December 18, 2004 The Puerto Rican Parade of Fairfield County recognized Bridgeport Caribe Youth League as the community organization of the year in 2008.

BCYL received an Official Citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly by Andres Ayala and Chris Caruso.

BCYL participated in a citywide recognition of tournament championships

Several individuals of the BCYL family have been recognized throughout the years for their commitment and dedication to the Greater Bridgeport Community.

Most recently, BCYL was awarded the 2012 Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission (LPRAC) Community Organization of the Year.

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BCYL is a 50l(c)3 organization that relies on funding from players’ registration fees and sponsors’ donations.