The Gagasphere was born out of necessity because our kids-five of them between the two of us-loved playing gaga at summer camp and wanted to play more than just two months out of the year. Discovering there was no facility dedicated to playing gaga in northern New Jersey, we decided to open our own. Every kid who plays gaga loves it-so why not make it happen? After finding the perfect facility and fine-tuning our gaga skills, we are excited to open the first indoor facility in Northern New Jersey in August 2016. While most of our programs will be geared toward the 6-14 year old camp aged child, older teens and adults will be able to get in on the action as well. Between after-school classes, birthday parties, open-pit times, private rentals, leagues and group gaga events, there’s something for everyone.
The Gagasphere is committed to providing safe, social, and fitness-focused gaga game play enjoyable to children of all athletic abilities. Our philosophy is to expose all kids to a fun and challenging, yet stress-free game playing experience inside our indoor gaga-dedicated facility. It’s an after school and weekend outlet opportunity for children to be active without the pressures of a competitive team sport.
As a pediatric physical therapist Pam Diamond brings a breadth of knowledge into The Gagasphere. A 1998 graduate from the University of Maryland with a BS in Kinesiology, Diamond received her BS in Health Science and her Masters in Physical Therapy from Touro College. Currently employed by the New York State Department of Education, Diamond has been working in the New York City School system as a physical therapist for over a decade. Her interest in gaga began when her son, Ethan, who fell in love with gaga at summer camp, asked her to find a place to play gaga for his ninth birthday. Upon discovering that a gaga-dedicated kid’s indoor recreation facility couldn’t be found in New Jersey and after trekking to a neighboring state, with 10 kids in tow and seeing how much fun they had, she approached long-time friend Leslie Kossar Schraer about going into business together. As a mother of three, Diamond saw the need to bring The Gagashpere to life—a place where children of all ages and differing abilities could play without being overly-competitive.
In 2015 Diamond and Kossar Schraer began their search for the perfect facility. Having found it in Waldwick, NJ they are planning a August 2016 launch of The Gagasphere, a 3100 square foot facility with three gaga pits and the ability to host after-school programs, birthday parties, and summer camp programs. Future offerings draw from Diamond’s physical therapy background and will be geared toward children with special needs.
Leslie Kossar Schraer
If you asked Leslie Kossar Schraer if she ever thought she’d open a facility dedicated to children’s enjoyment of gaga – the answer would be a resounding “no”. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Communications and Psychology, Schraer spent the first few decades of her career working in media and marketing. An innovator in digital strategy, Schraer was on the cutting edge of online marketing as the internet took its toe hold in the advertising world. As the president of Kossar Marketing, LLC , Schraer helped e-commerce sites launch, revitalized companies in need of understanding how media affected their marketing programs and helped grow businesses.
Balancing business and motherhood, Schraer is excited to bring her expertise to the gaga pit. She brings her unique perspective of having a son who disliked the competitive nature of organized sports, but loved playground games, to the arena. Her partnership with Pam Diamond grew from a friendship and the vision of two moms who want to offer kids of all ages and athletic ability a place where they can have fun, exercise, and enjoy gaga – the great equalizer and all around fun game.