Developmental Program




MBS Basketball Instructional Clinic and Hitting/Fielding Lessons


April 15 - 17th

1pm - 4pm 

$75 per participant

Doors open at 12:45pm

Summers-Sands Gymnasium

133 Hoover Drive



July 7th - August 1st

On-Line Registration begins May 1st


*MBS STEM Academy to Return to RIT

 in 2014-2015*

Mind, Body and Soul is proud to announce that the highly successful MBS STEM Academy hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology will return for the 2014-2015 school year.  Although the details have not been finalized, more information on the upcoming program can be found HERE.  For more information on the 2013-2014 STEM Academy, and on the program's features and mission in general, click HERE.

MBS ELITE Boy's Basketball Team Wins St. John Fisher's March Madness Tournament



MBS has launched a new program, the MBS Pre-Engineering Academy, in partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).  This on-campus experience is designed for the purpose of exposing youth to college campus life while also providing early exposure to the disciplines of engineering and computer science.

Engineering professor John Kaemmerlen, left, explains how auto engine shroud and fan components are assembled to junior high school students from the Mind, Body and Soul academic achievement program. The students, from second to left, Chahmeir Hagins, Ahmed Hareed, Kiasia Singletary and Tyler Drake, participated in the demonstration that took place in the Toyota Production Systems Lab in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

This program has specifically targeted Rochester School District students for enrollment.  RIT professors will conduct the year-round program introducing project based curriculum designed to provide a competitive learning environment.  MBS is all about competition, in the classroom and on the field.  Students will receive tutoring, transportation, food, fitness activities and campus life experiences while enrolled in this program.  The MBS Program looks to provide unique academic and athletic opportunities for youth who possess special talents or desires, all with the goal of encouraging collegiate advancement.  


As always, we are proud to provide high level programming and facilities for the students we serve. 
We are grateful to be able to provide opportunities to ALL students of every socio-economic background thanks to sponsors like the Tauck Foundation and M&T Bank along with partners like Hillside-Work Scholarship Connection.
We look forward to another productive school year for our participating students and alumni!



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Preston Scott: In the Spotlight

In a new mbsprogram.org article, the Duke University wide receiver and 2008 MBS graduate talks about his adjustment to life as a Division I student-athlete, reflects on his time in the Program, and offers advice for MBS student-athlete following in his footsteps. For the full article, click here...


Dusty Odenbach Selected in MLB Draft...

...becomes second former MBS player to turn pro; credits MBS with aiding in his development

*Full article now posted*

MBS Program Highlighted by Generation News for Second Time...

...MBS student-athletes Jake Meek and Jerome Lewis featured
(Double Trouble courtesy of Generation News Inc, presented on Vimeo)


Preston Scott Featured in GoDuke.com Article...

...sophomore wide receiver has impressed Duke coaches this fall.  For the full article, click here...

MBS football players pile up awards

Jake Meek's Week 3 Performance Front Page News in Democrat & Chronicle...

...Read full D&C article here...

Lewis Commits to Virginia Tech...

...will become third MBS athlete to join an ACC Program. Read more here...

MBS Alumni Rack Up All-Conference Baseball Honors...

...Gardner, Bednarcyk, Klee among those honored. Click here for more details.

Burt Bednarcyk Continues to Defeat the Odds...


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MBS Basketball LEAGUE

STARTS June 28th!!!
Begins April 4th*****


JUNE 9th & 16th

Cost: $59 player

at Summers-Sands***

THE "PROGRAM" IS BACK IN FULL SWING......come see us at the newly renovated Summers-Sands building at 133 Hoover Rd (off W.Ridge Rd)
Registration begins April 7th.  The "Program" is scheduled to begin on April 21st....4-7pm.  

Adults - $5
Students - $3
March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
Summers-Sands Gymnasium

Preston Scott graduates from Duke

MBS Hall of Famer Preston Scott (Bishop Kearney High School) celebrated his graduation from Duke University in the Spring of 2012.  A four-year member of the Duke football team after walking on as a freshman, Preston demonstrated the same level of committment and off-field work ethic during his time at Duke that made him one of MBS' all-time great student-athletes.  By the Spring of 2011, Preston led  all Duke wide receivers in bench press and squat strength (340lbs and 440lbs, respectively), and was second in the power clean (260lbs).   Thanks to this sort of off-field preparation, Preston was able to earn time on the field in his final season, appearing in six games for the Blue Devils.  Preston graduates with a degree in Evolutionary Anthropology.   Congratulations Preston!

Gardner signs professional contract

MBS graduate and former SUNY Cortland catcher Andy Gardner (SUNY Cortland/Fairport HS) has signed a professional baseball contract with the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League.  Gardner finished his collegiate career with honors that include selection as the 2007 SUNYAC Rookie of the Year, three first team All-SUNYAC selections (one second team selection), a first team All-ECAC selection, and two first team All-New York Region selections (one second team selection).  He was also named to the NCAA All-Tournament team after Cortland finished second nationally in 2010.  Andy is the FOURTH MBS baseball player to sign a professional contract, further cementing his status as one of the most decorated MBS graduates of all time.

Ikpeze powers Bishop Kearney into finals

The Bishop Kearney Kings basketball team advanced to the 2011 Section V championship game behind a 23 point performance by MBS senior guard Chuka Ikpeze.  Ikpeze led the Kings past Pittsford Mendon on 9-of-15 shooting, and scored 10 of his 23 points in the second quarter to extend BK's slim 1 point lead to a 9 point margin at halftime.  The Kings will play top-seeded Greece Arcadia for the championship, as Ikpeze looks to add a second Section V crown to his resume.

MBS 2010 Graduates Move on to College

A total of 10 MBS program members will head to college in the fall to continue their academic and athletic careers.  MBS veteran football players Jerome Lewis and Jake Meek, both of Bishop Kearney, will continue their careers at the Division I level at Virginia Tech (Division I) and Albany (Division IAA), respectively.  Zach Cicero (Penfield) and Akil Sanders (Eastridge), meanwhile, will move on to play at the University of Rochester and Alfred University, respectively.  In baseball, infielder Mark Huddle (Penfield) will take his game to John Carroll University, while Frank Santana (School of the Arts) and Alex Ortiz (East) will move on to Monroe Community College and Mohawk Valley Community College respectively to continue playing.  Other MBS graduates include Mike Reyes (East), who will be heading to the University of Rochester, Andrew Colon (School of the Arts), who will enroll at St. John Fisher College, and Ryan Colon (School of the Arts), who will head to Finger Lakes Community College.  All three will attempt to play baseball at their respective schools.  MBS is proud of these student-athletes for following through on their committments and fulfilling the goal that MBS sets out for all of its members: collegiate advancement. 


Cortland finishes second at DIII World Series; Gardner named to All-Tournament team

MBS graduate and SUNY Cortland catcher Andy Gardner (Fairport HS) was named to the All-Tournament team at the 2010 Division III College World Series following the Red Dragons' 2nd Place finish.  Gardner, who finished the tournament with a .500 batting average (10 for 20), belted 4 home runs, scored 12 runs, and recorded a tournament-leading 14 RBIs.  It was a strong finish to the senior's career, which has a chance to continue into professional baseball this summer.  He finished the year with a .412 batting average, 11  home runs, and a team-high 68 RBIs.

Diaz shuts down McQuaid

MBS junior pitcher Manni Diaz (right) led East High to a 4-2 upset of McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester City Athletic Conference baseball action with a commanding performance on the mound.  Diaz scattered 5 hits over 7 innings and picked up 11 strike outs to earn the unlikely victory.  It was East's first victory over McQuaid since 1994.  The Orientals are now 2-0 in RCAC league play.

Gardner leads Cortland in rout of Wisconsin-Whitewater

MBS alum Andy Gardner (Fairport HS) led the way with a 4 for 4 day as the SUNY Cortland baseball team, ranked 24th in the nation, defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater 17 to 9 in college baseball action on Sunday, March 21st.  The senior catcher, who has missed a significant amount of time due to injury, finished the day with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.  Despite the injuries, which have limited him to designated hitter duty, Gardner is batting .391 on the season with a .565 slugging percentage, and a .440 on-base percentage. 

MBS Program featured in the Democrat & Chronicle

Mind, Body & Soul has been featured in the Democrat & Chronicle in an article appearing in the Tuesday, February 9th issue.  The article, written by columnist Mark Hare, appears on the front page of the Local & Business section, and outlines MBS' history, mission, and activities.  To view the full article, click here...

Cicero named Section V Defensive Player of the Year

Linebacker Zach Cicero (Penfield), a winter 2008-2009 MBS participant, was named Section V Defensive Player of the Year for Class AA by Ontario Honda prior to this year's Class AA championship game. Through his first 8 games, the senior compiled 138 tackles (including 13 for a loss) as well as two sacks, six forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He finished the year with 150 tackles. Cicero's selection as Player of the Year rounds out a fine senior campaign in which he was named Class AA Defensive Player of the Week 4 times in a span of 8 weeks.


MBS STEM at RIT ready to kick of Spring Semester

Mind, Body and Soul is excited to announce the launch of the MBS STEM Academy for the 2012-2013 school year.  This Academy will provide Rochester City School District students with a fully immersive collegiate experience by placing them directly on the campus of RIT for academic enrichment classes, SAT preparation, on-campus social events - including movie night, meals, and tours - and on-campus fitness/recreation programming.  This year's Academy will expand on last year's pilot programming to offer a greater number of students an even larger number of academic disciplines to explore.  Fields of study will include Engineering, Computer Science, and Imaging Arts & Sciences.  Students will work hands-on with RIT professors using RIT facilities and equipment.  Our goal is twofold: to provide resources and experiences that help cultivate our students' desire to attend college; and to provide them with tools that equip and prepare them to make that step.  The MBS STEM Academy is set to launch in the Fall of 2012 and will run through the Spring of 2013.  Click here for more information...

Burns named RCBL All-Star

MBS student-athlete Mike Burns (RIT/Rush-Henrietta HS) was selected to play in the inaugural Rochester Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game following a stellar season on the mound.  The RIT junior RHP led the RCBL in wins in the regular season with 5, and boasted a sparkling 1.68 ERA while pitching for the Wings.  He also notched one save.  In the playoffs, Burns pitched his team to the championship game by throwing 7 innings of 1 run ball en route to the win.  Burns figures to play an important part in RIT's starting rotation this Spring.

MBS Pre-Engineering Academy featured in RIT news story

The MBS Pre-Engineering Academy, an academic enrichment program for Rochester City District School students held on the campus of the Rochester Institute of Technology, has been featured in a news story on RIT's website.  The program, created by MBS, is designed to expose students to the field of engineering and place them directly on a college campus, all with hopes of sparking their desire to pursue a collegiate education.  Future programming will expand to include computer science and imaging arts and sciences, as well as campus life activities.  To read the full article, click here...

MBS baseball players earn all-league/all-county honors

Six MBS student-athletes have earned All-League or All-County honors following the 2011 high school baseball season.  All-Monroe County selections include infielder Mike Roman (1st Team; Spencerport HS), infielder/catcher Jimmy Latona (2nd Team; Churchville-Chili HS), and pitcher Alex Dent (2nd Team; Spencerport HS).  In the Rochester City Athletic Conference, senior pitcher Manni Diaz (East HS) led the way with a First Team All-League selection, while infielders Robbie Macko (pictured; McQuaid Jesuit HS) and Miguel Alomar  each earned Second Team honors.  

MBS graduates make collegiate debuts

2010 MBS graduates Mark Huddle (John Carroll University/Penfield HS - pictured), Frank Santana (MCC/School of the Arts), and Alex Ortiz (Mohawk Valley CC/East HS) made their collegiate baseball debuts in the month of March, as each of their respective teams began the 2011 season.  Huddle, a freshman second baseman at John Carroll University, has started four games for the 7-10 Blue Streaks and is batting a solid .273.  Santana, a freshman infielder at MCC, has played in four games for the 13-5 Tribunes, and sports a perfect fielding percentage.  Ortiz is a freshman center fielder at Mohawk Valley, who are currently 5-3. 

Stevens accepts scholarship from St. Francis University

MBS senior defensive end Rod Stevens (Webster Thomas) has been offered a football scholarship by St. Francis University in Pennsylvania, and will attend the school in 2011 to continue his academic and football careers.  Stevens, a three year MBS participant, will receive a 70% athletic scholarship to play for the Red Flashes, who compete in the Northeast Conference at the Division I Championship Subdivision (D I-AA) level.  Stevens was a Monroe County Division I Second Team All-Star in 2011.  Congratulations Rod!

Lewis to play in New York All-Star game; Ortiz and Stevens to participate in elite showcase

Decorated MBS Football player Jerome Lewis (Bishop Kearney) has been selected to play in the upcoming New York State High School Football Classic on June 6th.  The game, which will be held at the Carrier Dome, features New York state's top college-bound football players in a match up of Upstate vs. Downstate.  Meanwhile, MBS underclassmen Jeremiah Ortiz (Eastridge HS) and Rod Stevens (Webster Thomas HS) have been selected to participate in the NYHSFCA Elite combine at the Carrier Dome on the same day prior to the game.  The combine features the state's top 250 football prospects.  Both Ortiz and Stevens were selected based on past combine performances and their potential as college prospects.

Andy Gardner named SUNYAC Player of the Week

MBS Hall of Famer and Cortland catcher Andy Gardner (Fairport HS) has been named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) baseball Player of the Week for the week ending April 25th after batting .545 with 3 home runs, 12 RBI, 8 runs scored, and an eye popping 1.075 slugging percentage in 5 games.  His best game came in Cortland's 16-16 tie with Manhattanville, in which Andy went 4 for 5 with a grand slam, 7 RBI, and 3 runs scored.  Cortland currently stands at 28-7-1, and are ranked 12th in the nation.

Gardner's monster weekend leads Cortland to 4-game sweep

The Cortland baseball team swept doubleheaders from SUNY Brockport and SUNY Fredonia on April 10th and 11th behind a remarkable weekend from MBS alum Andy Gardner.  The senior catcher/DH put together an incredible series of games, going 8 for 14 (.571 batting average) with 4 runs scored, 3 triples, 2 home runs, and 11 RBIs.  Cortland's record now stands at 21-6.

Odenbach picks up first professional win of 2010

Former MBS Programmer Dusty Odenbach (Connecticut/McQuaid Jesuit) earned his first win of the 2010 minor league season on April 9th against the Quad City River Bandits.  The right hander pitched 3 scoreless innings, allowing only 1 hit and striking out 6 to earn the victory for the Burlington Bees, the Kansas City Royals' Class A minor league affiliate. 

Bryan Gardner signs with Traverse City

MBS alum Bryan Gardner (Ithaca College/Fairport HS) has signed a professional contract with the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League.  Gardner, a 2008 draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds entering his third professional season, will work primarily out of the bullpen for the Beach Bums, who view him as a power arm to neutralize lefties.  The Beach Bums begin their 96 game season on May 21st.  For a full article on the signing, click here...

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