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.

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