Monday, December 11, 2017


Ninth annual tournament brings together sports and entertainment stars and executives to benefit four organizations for underserved youth

NEW YORK — TopSpin Charity continues to support youth education in New York City with its charity table 
tennis tournament . 420,000 was raised.

TopSpin, a national philanthropic group, dedicated to empowering America’s youth through education, will bring together more than 1,200 members of the sports, media and entertainment industries, including top sports executives and athletes from New York-based professional teams. Since 2009, TopSpin has raised $3 million for 22 educational nonprofits while also developing dynamic programmatic initiatives, such as the TopSpin Hoops Academy and a weeklong camp program with Harlem Lacrosse.

"We’re pleased TopSpin’s impact to underserved youth in New York City has continued to grow,” said Peter Farnsworth, Founder of TopSpin Charity. “Every child – regardless as to the zip code into which they’re born – deserves access to a well-rounded, quality education. TopSpin is a vehicle for the sports and entertainment industry to help do something about it.”

This year’s event, as showcased in 2016, boasts two, elevated stadium courts, which will play host to the Celebrity Tournament  featuring professional athletes and celebrities from New York City – and the Professional Division – highlighted by professional players from USA TableTennis. A number of retired professional basketball players as well as numerous professional teams are expected to play in the celebrity tournament. The event will also have an Open Division in which participants can noregister. Winners of each Division will receive a JBL Charge 3.

The charity event will bring roughly 14 of New York’s top restaurants together, offering an unprecedented catering variety. The event will have a Coca-Cola Lounge, a dynamic cocktail program led by Effen Vodka and other Beam Suntory spirits. Kalkutta, named in homage to her infancy spent in an Indian orphanage, is an Artist, DJ, and Songwriter / Producer (signed to Sony ATV) and will be providing the sounds for TopSpin 2017. Additional event elements include an experience by FoxTales, and a silent auction in partnership with Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia.

TopSpin will donate all proceeds secured in 2017 to four charities and two of TopSpin’s newly developed programs aimed at increasing the educational opportunities for underserved youth:

· A Better Chance – FM: A Better Chance recruits academically talented students of color from disadvantaged school districts and places them in an outstanding public school in Fayetteville-Manlius.
· Horizons – BFS (Brooklyn Friends School): Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School is an academic enrichment program designed to serve kindergarten through eighth grade children from low-income families living in downtown Brooklyn.
· Oliver ScholarsPrepares high-achieving Black and Latino students from underserved NYC communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges
· Harlem Academy: A private school serving gifted children in grades 1-8 from underserved communities
· TopSpin Hoops Academy (THA):  A 5-day overnight basketball camp focused on conflict resolution and community service
· TopSpin, Harlem Lacrosse & Camp Cedar:   A week long summer camp experience at Camp Cedar in Maine for roughly 75 kids from the Harlem Lacrosse program.

A testament to the industry’s commitment to TopSpin’s movement, the TopSpin Charity Host Committee is made up of leading industry executives, including: Mark Tatum of the NBA, Emilio Collins of Excel Sports, Will Funk and Jon Diament of Turner, Charley Horsey and Bryan Duffy of MKTG, Deb Curtis of American Express, Lloyd Frischer of CAA, Leslie Gittess of Blue Sky Media, Nicole Jeter West of Legends, Carter Ladd of MLS, Frank Nakano of JPMorgan Chase, Mark Sage of Wheels Up, Ralph Santana of Harman, Ron Skotarczak of MSG, Charlie Turano of Heritage Works, Mike Zavodsky of Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Thayer Lavielle of Wasserman and Tandy O’Donoghue of the WWE. TopSpin Charity is proud to be affiliated with numerous corporate supporters from across the sports and entertainment industry, including MKTG who has been producing the TopSpin event for the last seven years.

Sponsors of TopSpin include sports leagues media entities and premium brands, including:  AEG, American Express, Anheuser-Busch, Atlanta Dream, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, CAA, Coca-Cola, Cupcake Vineyards, Discovery Communications, EFFEN, Endeavor, EverFi, Excel Sports Management, FoxTales, Getty Images, Harman International, Legends, Madison Square Garden, Major League Soccer, Matt Bishop Agency, MLBAM, NBA Cares, New Era, NFL, NHL, New York Mets, Oak View Group, Octagon, PGA Tour, Ticketmaster, Turner Sports, Wasserman, Wheels Up and WWE.


TopSpin was founded in 2009 guided by the principle that every child deserves access to a quality education. TopSpin seeks to provide necessary resources for underserved youth to succeed. Since inception, TopSpin has quickly grown into one of New York’s premiere sports, entertainment and media industry events, attracting over 10,000 influencers and executives while raising more than $3,000,000 for 22 nonprofit organizations. To learn more about TopSpin and its work to date, please visit, and follow us on social media via our Facebook page (, Twitter @TopSpinCharity and Instagram @TopSpinCharity.

MKTG, part of the Dentsu Aegis Network, is a global lifestyle marketing agency that specializes in delivering strategic, business-oriented marketing solutions for leading brands via sport and entertainment consulting, live experiences, retail marketing, enterprise/B2B engagement, hospitality and sponsorship marketing. MKTG is committed to constantly evolving, refining and inventing innovative brand engagements through a deeper understanding of how people think, work and live their lives. Headquartered in New York City, MKTG has 1,600 employees and 7,000 Brand Ambassadors operating in 19 countries across the Americas, EMEA and APAC.

8 Things Successful People Never Waste Time Doing

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

As a mentor, people often come to me when they are overwhelmed, stressed and feeling like they’re not accomplishing their goals, the things they most want to do in life. They feel stuck. They are at a point which they don’t know what to do.

So one of the first things I do first is identify their time-wasters, the things that are getting in the way of them being successful, keeping them from moving forward, toward what they want to accomplish.
I think we all, from time to time, get ourselves involved in activities that do not contribute to our greatest success or happiness. I definitely did at one time, but I made the necessary changes once I became an entrepreneur and learned how valuable each second of the day was—that there really wasn’t any time to waste on activities that didn’t grow me or my business.
We’re all looking to be successful in life, but sometimes we are wasting our time doing things that are holding us back from reaching our full potential. And, often, we don’t recognize those things until someone points them out.
It’s important to analyze how we spend our days, hour by hour, and regularly look for ways to work smarter, ways to eliminate time-wasters. So, to get started, here are eight things that productive, successful people never waste their time doing (and you shouldn’t either):

1. Productive, successful people don’t get sucked into social media.

Being on social media—checking notifications Facebook, scrolling through pictures on Instagram, reading quick updates on Twitter, whatever—it’s part of everyday life. But if you don’t control how much time you spend on it, the hours will fly by and you won’t have accomplished anything on your to-do list.
So either put a time limit on it—set an alarm for when you need to minimize it, close the app, do something else—or only get on after completing necessary work projects. Use social media as a reward. 

2. Productive, successful people don’t go through the day without a plan.

Successful people have a purpose, a laser-focused plan of things they want to achieve on a particular day. I believe in writing things down—but only the top two or three priorities I need to accomplish that day, not a long list of things.
Write down your top priorities and break down those large tasks into more reasonable steps and you’ll see yourself wanting to get them done and crossed off the list. 

3. Productive, successful people don’t do emotionally draining activities.

If you want to step into a truly successful life, you have to focus on things that positively fuel your life. Productive people don’t waste their time on things that emotionally drain them.
Before committing to activities on your schedule, be sure the activity will positively add to your life. If you believe it won’t, then think about saying no to it. Also, don’t feel obligated to give an answer right at the time you’re being asked to do something. Think before you say yes and know that it’s OK to say no to requests for your time.         

4. Productive, successful people don’t worry about things they can’t control.

Successful people realize that worrying gets you absolutely nowhere in life, especially if you can’t do anything about a situation.
So turn your thoughts to action-based activities. Focus on things you can get done. 

5. Productive, successful people don’t hang out with negative people.

It’s said that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. So if you want to be your best, you have to surround yourself with the best people.
Be sure to eliminate negative, toxic energy around you. If you want to soar in life, you need to unload what is weighing you down.

6. Productive, successful people don’t dwell on past mistakes.

Successful people make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes. The key to being successful in life is not making the same mistake twice, learning and growing from mistakes, and becoming a better person because of them.
So when you make a mistake, get into a mindset that the mistake is done with and you can’t go back to the past. Focus on what you learned and design a strategy to positively move forward from it.

7. Productive, successful people don’t focus on what other people are doing.

It’s great to be inspired by what other successful people are doing, but when you’re constantly comparing yourself to the next person and it’s bringing you down, it’s time to shift your mindset.
Be inspired by others, but focus your mindset to only compete with the most important person: yourself. 

8. Productive, successful people don’t put themselves last in priority.

We all go through times that we don’t get enough sleep or exercise because we need to work on a big project. But for long-term success and happiness, you must put yourself first on the priority list.
Some great ways to do this is to kick start your day by doing something you love to do—maybe it’s completing a great workout, meditating, journaling or reading your favorite book. Do what works for you. Because when you start off your day doing something you love and that is good for you, you’ll feel happy, focused and strong the rest of the day. 
Are there things on this list that have been time-wasters for you? Eliminate them so you can step into your best life.

by Cynthia Bazin

Music: Lecrae's ATWT Tour NYC - 10.23.17

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Lecrae has a new album out  and a tour to accompany the project. We had the pleasure of attending his dope show last night in NYC at the PlayStation Theater. The title of his new album, All Things Work Together. Some of our favorite songs includes Whatchu Mean , Lucked up and Worth it.
Check out Lecrae's New Album and pictures from last night . 
 You can thank us later ;)

Photos by Tawana Pyle

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