EEP Sports was formed after brothers John and Nicholas Elefterakis recognized a need for a new type of program for kids in Brooklyn and Staten Island. It was born from a need to give kids an ability to train and play at the highest level and provide the most exposure without the politics and high prices of other organizations that run a for-profit business.
John and Nicholas Elefterakis are founding partners of the prestigious injury law firm Elefterakis, Elefterakis and Panek which is the reason the firm is the named sponsor of our organization (EEP Sports). Having the generous law firm sponsorship allows our youth sports organization to keep the cost affordable for all children who want to play competitive baseball and basketball. EEP Sports takes great pride in being able to give our kids an extremely valuable experience and ability to train at top facilities, enter the best leagues and tournaments, and have top-notch gear and equipment all for affordable prices. It is important to the founders that EEP Sports players will never be denied an opportunity based upon the price of an event or item.
Over this past inaugural season, EEP Sports had multiple Brooklyn based teams (6u,7u,8u) as well as a Staten Island team (8u). All teams trained at the prestigious Premiere Baseball facility in Queens as well as had access to top High school facilities such as Poly Prep (Brooklyn) and St Joseph By the Sea (Staten Island). Collectively, our teams participated in multiple tournaments including USABL, Ripken, and the Borough Cup. Our 6u Brooklyn team even participated in the 6u World Series in Texas. We are very proud to be able to give our young athletes an experience that will help them develop and also one that they will never forget.
In 2019, our EEP Baseball program merged with the long-serving Brooklyn baseball organization – The Brooklyn Bandits. Formed in 2004, The Brooklyn Bandits had a goal to support the youth of the community and keep baseball culture alive. Starting with just one team in one division, the Bandits have grown to eight teams with players ages ranging from 4 to 16 years old. The program serves as a productive outlet for youth to their skills and keep them off the streets.
EEP Baseball and the Brooklyn Bandits share the same vision of empowering their players with the tools to grow from young boys and girls into successful men and women. This shared vision solidified their decision to unify their efforts and bring the two teams together under the new name – EEP Bandits.
The collaborative effort powering the EEP Bandits will enhance the quality of coaching both on and off the field and increase the number of opportunities available. It is the organization’s goal to help guide their youth towards success as members and future leaders of their communities. The EEP Bandits are grateful to the parents and the community at large for their support of past initiatives and continued support and trust as they strive to provide quality programming and endless opportunities for the future.