The Olden Days
Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services (BACDYS) was started in 2009 by Misba Abdin, a business owner, community activist, and lifetime resident of City Line, Brooklyn. Abdin was inspired to create BACDYS after seeing the positive impact the Bangladesh Sports Council, an organization he founded in 1986, had on local youths. Young people were given a safe-haven away from the gangs, drugs and street violence that plagued their immediate and surrounding community. Playing sports also gave them a chance to learn leadership and teamwork skills, get exercise and socialize with their peers. Today, the annual free summer soccer program is one of the activities and services BACDYS offers youth. More than 25,000 youths have participated since its start. In addition, adults in the community also have been impacted by the many services BACDYS offers.