The Event

On Wednesday, December 11th, 2019, TopSpin New York returned for another amazing event highlighted by.... In addition, the event featured DJ Suga Ray, food from some of NYC's finest restaurants and appearances by Ed Reed, Adam Graves, Dorsey Levens, Jerome Williams, Kate Snow and many others.


Here In New York


40% of New York City high school students do NOT graduate high school.


Only ONE IN FOUR students who enter high school in New York City are ready for college after four years and less than HALF enroll.


In NYC, the two-year attrition rate for teachers is 25% with an 18% of teachers leaving in the first year - while the national rate is only ten percent.


Cutting the dropout rate of a single graduating class in half would likely support as many as 54,000 new jobs and would likely increase the gross domestic product by as much as $9.6 billion.

The Beneficiaries

TopSpin is dedicated to creating new programs and supporting nonprofits that solve the nation's most pressing child education issues.

A Better Chance

Focused on increasing educational opportunities for underrepresented, low-income students of color from the five boroughs of New York City.


Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School is a summer and afterschool academic enrichment program serving low-income students in grades K-8 with a dynamic curriculum of Reading, Math, Science, and the Arts.

Harlem Academy

Harlem Academy is a private school for gifted children from underserved communities. Ability and hard work should be a pathway to success, but for many bright students this promise too often remains out of reach.


Helps motived young people from economically-disadvantaged households fulfill their academic, athletic and personal potential through intensive year-round programming.


Build and support mentoring relationships to ignite the biggest possible futures for youth.

Host Committee

Mark Tatum


Charley Horsey


Emilio Collins


Deb Curtis

American Express

Jon Diament


Thayer Lavielle


Will Funk


JoAnn Neale


Frank Nakano

JP Morgan

Leslie Gittess

Blue Sky Media

Lloyd Frischer


Bryan Duffy


Chris Epple


Danielle Maged

Global Citizens Festival

Ralph Santana


Ron Skotarczak


Charlie Turano

Heritage Werks


Some of our friends who have battled it out in the name of education.

Chris Paul

Steph Curry

Mike Woodson

Julius "Dr. J" Erving

Jerome Randle

Harrison Barnes

Nick Jonas

Sue Bird

Rebecca Haarlow

John Wallace

Stefanie Dolson

Devereaux Peters

Shawn Porter

Paul Pierce

John Starks

Zab Judah

Rudy Gay

Elena Delle Donne

Monte Barrett

Isaiah Thomas

Willie Green

Nerlens Noel

Jordan Mickey

Bernard James

Alan Anderson

Chris Spencer

Al-Farouq Aminu

Jerry Stackhouse

Jill Martin

Swin Cash

Chris McCullough

Leger Douzable

Chelsie Hightower

Chris Algieri

Dejuan Blair

Don Benjamin

Jessie Vargas

Marcellus Wiley

Mario Manningham

Soo Yeon Lee

Megan Rapinoe

Buster Skrine

Ibtihaj Muhammad

Mike Dunleavy

Christine Evangelista

Adam Graves

Wayne Gallman

Dorsey Levens

Jerome Williams

Britne Oldford

Larry Johnson

Jo Armeniox

Kate Snow

Mark St. Cyr

Brad Stuver

Justin Haak

Ed Reed