The founders of My Backyard Sports, Michael Kraner and Seth Schwartz met on the basketball court. Mike saw Seth on the court and he looked like a player, so he challenged him to a game of one on one. The game was a battle. Seth was bigger, a little older and a little stronger than Mike. There was a fun basketball game and a lifelong friendship resulted.
Michael and Seth have learned many of life lessons through their involvement in sports. They started out as Pee Wee and Little League Players, turned into competitive High School Athletes. Seth even played in college.
As they got older, they shared their love of sports through coaching and are still involved sharing Sports with their families and are involved in their communities.
As parents, they realized that while they grew up playing Sports their children were spending more time on technology and behind many assorted screens. They wanted to make sure to get their kids outside and into healthy positive life habits via sports.
My Backyard Sports is dedicated to sharing the love of Sports within families, parents, children, their friends and the neighborhood.
Mike is convinced that his career as Entrepreneur which officially launched in college was ignited by his high school Lacrosse team requirement to fund raise by selling Candy to his classmates to earn his Lacrosse equipment.
Please review our Core Values to see more about who we are, what we believe and how what we deliver to all of our partners, clients and communities we serve.
Michael Kraner has worked in Finance and Technology, helping companies leverage technology to be more successful from both a services and financial perspective. My Backyard Sports is able to apply these benefits and efficiencies into a field that has not yet adopted these key benchmarks successfully to date.
Michael has a passion for Win-Win Entrepreneurship and providing his clients with a quality product and great value! He has been recognized as a Successful Technology Entrepreneur and past member of the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies as well as numerous similar industry lists. Michael started his first company as a college student at Cornell University and then took the company national upon graduation.
Michael speaks frequently on Entrepreneurship, The Start Up Process and what it takes to be a Successful Entrepreneur. Michael has been an active 10 year member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO NY). Finally, he is an avid sports participant and fan and believes many of the greatest lessons in life are learned 'On the Court and Between the Lines.' Most of these courts were in Brooklyn, NY, his hometown and Bergen County, NJ where he resides with his family.
Favorite Sports Quote – It’s a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get. – Arnold Palmer
Favorite Team - Likes all the NY Teams, all under dogs and teams that play the right way.
First Sports Experience -Yankee game with his Dad
Favorite Sports Experience – Youth basketball with his friends
Seth Schwartz oversees the design and installation on all home properties. Seth draws on 20 years of professional leadership in Camping, Recreational Sports and Leisure Management as well as Real Estate Property Management to his position. Seth has a driving passion to help people have fulfilling experiences through sports and recreational activities.
Seth previously coached High School and AAU Basketball after a successful college basketball career playing at Binghamton University where he earned a BA with a specialization in Communications. After Binghamton, Seth went on to earn a Masters in Education from Rutgers University in Social Studies Education.
Seth is married and has 2 children and enjoys all backyard sports where he has experienced some of his best moments as a Dad.
Favorite Sports Quote - Not every victory shows up on the scoreboard
Favorite Team - The one that hustles the most
First Sports Experience - Harlem Globetrotter exhibition with his Dad
Favorite Sports Experience – stealing the ball and scoring the winning basket with 2 seconds left in the game. Oh, did he mention it was also his birthday senior year in high school?