Who We Are


The New York City Lions Youth Football Program serves athletes from all Five Boroughs. Our mission is to provide a positive outlet for the young people of NYC and find a way to a better life through our “Run to Daylight Education Program.”

Run to Daylight Education Program

The program concentrates on finding candidates who are not just athletes but dedicated students as well. These student-athletes are matched with schools that can generally offer a better education than the inner-city public school system.


What we believe in

We believe football is a lot like life. We draw from the words of the great Coach and motivator Vince Lombardi: “It’s not what you do when you get knocked down, It is what you do after that counts in life.” We believe that our program has made a profound impact on these young people’s lives.

Our Mantra:
“Changing Lives One Player at a Time”



Academic Excellence









Prepare for school as if it were a game

Never Quit

Always push to get better

We will fall but always get up

Be a team player

         Our STarT

In 1997, Stephen G. Hoffman and Timothy Cavanaugh started The Run to Daylight Education Program. Together they had the vision of providing the players with the opportunity to attend some of the top boarding schools in the northeast as well as local private schools in the New York City area.

Tragically, Stephen Hoffman was among those lost in the World Trade Center disaster during the events of September 11th, 2001.

Since the start, the Run to Daylight Education Program has helped many young men in fulfilling their dreams of attending these prominent academic institutions.


Partner & Sponsors

NYCYFL - Youth Football League NYC Lions
 USA Football- Youth Football Partner