Ben Schornack is an experienced coalition-builder, fundraiser, and facilitator in the field of sports-based youth development. He previously worked as the NYC Director for Up2Us Sports, where he managed local fundraising, programming, and coach development. Prior to Up2Us, Ben has worked as a program manager and basketball coach, and he is a proud alumni of AmeriCorps VISTA. He has also been a guest-lecturer for the St. John’s University sports management program and the Adelphi University sports-based youth development program.
Ben believes that well-designed sports programs can provide youth with a caring coach-mentor, an opportunity to build transferrable skills, and a safe space that allows healing from traumatic or stressful life circumstances. Throughout his career, he has worked with community organizations and stakeholders to merge assets and build capacity in order to achieve these high-impact outcomes. Ben lives in Chicago with his wife, Jenna. He graduated from Central College in Iowa with a BA in psychology.
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Tiffany has dedicated her years of experience to sport as a catalyst for youth development.View more
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Maggie’s ultimate goal is to tell the collective stories of Laureus USA’s partners and unite us under a common mission – to increase equal access to competitive, recreational, and therapeutic sports programs for all.View more
At the root of it, Grace believes that coalitions are the best way to create innovative, inclusive and sustainable programs for all young people.View more
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