Every child deserves the right to be provided a quality education. Sadly, in New York City, many children from economically-challenged communities are not afforded this opportunity due to inadequate funding and the lack of resources distributed to their schools. In fact, statistics show, four out of five students from low-income families do not meet reading requirements, and only 25 percent of high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds are college-ready.
Despite these sobering harsh truths, TopSpin — one of the nation’s leading sports and entertainment and media events, which attracts top influencers throughtout a variety of industries — has been on the front line battling to close the education gap for underserved youth, by raising funds and awareness so students of all backgrounds have a chance to succeed in life.
Through TopSpin Charity, the company has successfully raised an estimated $3 million (at the time of this being published) to benefit 19 non-profit organizations since its inception in 2009.
Back on December 1, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City, TopSpin and their partners invited out top industry influencers and some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, for a night of fun and friendly competition at their annual celebrity ping pong with purpose tournament; which benefitted NYC education and youth development.
Get a look at the night’s action below:
The Fantastic Four that was Ibtihaj, Megan, Sue, and Stephanie, joined forces to use their superpowers to fight for education. Who’d want to go up against them?
New York Knicks alum Larry Johnson swung by to show support to his good friends over at TopSpin Charity.
Speaking of the Knicks, Madison Square Garden sideline reporter and Princeton University graduate Rebecca Haarlow is proof that hard work and a quality education pays off.
TopSpin Founder Peter Farnsworth was all smiles due to the success of the event.
Farnsworth noted, “It’s always so rewarding to see executives from across professional sports to come together and make such a meaningful impact.”
Two-time WNBA champ Devereaux Peters was armed and ready for combat with her WNBPA paddle.
New York Jets cornerback Buster Skrine strolled through to support youth education…
…and get a look at the sweet heat on his feet!
John Wallace is serious about education and winning. He was super focused on repeating as the tournament’s champ.
When word got back to John about Larry Johnson downplaying his abilities, John playfully noted, “Larry talks, I play!”
Get a look John in action against Megan Rapinoe below:
Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe took a quick game break to hydrate.
Kevin Jonas was also in the house, and was game ready to compete for a chance to become the 2016 champ.
Unfortunately for Kevin, John Wallace would not be denied, and prevailed as champ once more.
Guess he really did let his play do the talking.
TopSpin Charity ended the night on an extremely high note; they raised more than $300K for three charities and two new TopSpin programs that were launched.
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Aside from all the fun, there are many teens out there who may be struggling and are on the verge of dropping out. If you know of anyone who may be having a hard time in school, or if you’re the one on the brink of quitting, please don’t give up. There are many people out there who believe in you and want to see you go far.
Don’t believe it? Well get a look at the special message these athletes asked me to share with you:
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