Nov 25, 2014

Blackstone Brings A-Game to East Harlem Tutorial Program’s 2nd Annual 3-on-3 Corporate Challenge Basketball Tournament

Blackstone is proud to have participated in the East Harlem Tutorial Program’s 2nd Annual 3-on-3 Corporate Challenge Basketball Tournament held earlier this month. At its after-school programs and charter schools, EHTP prepares students with the academic skills, strength of character, and emotional well-being to excel in high school and college, to lead in their communities, and to realize their best possible selves.

Blackstone’s relationship with EHTP is longstanding – having hosted students from the program to visit special SeaWorld guests at Blackstone’s offices and participated in multiple Volunteer Days through Blackstone Connects. Joan Solotar, Blackstone’s Head of External Relations and Strategy, is the Chair of EHTP’s Board of Trustees. Brian Gavin, Chief Operating Officer of BAAM, Blackstone’s Hedge Fund Solutions group, also serves on EHTP’s board.

After the success of the inaugural tournament last year, hosted in the EHTP gymnasium, the event moved to a larger venue for this year’s event at the Baruch College Athletics Center. Twenty-five teams brought their A-game to raise money for EHTP’s many programs. Each team played four games in five groups of five, though only three players from each team were on the court at any given time. This year, EHTP students, staff, and alumni also participated and played on corporate teams.  

Blackstone’s winning team comprised a diverse group of athletes from across the firm’s business and corporate groups, with representation from Blackstone’s Real Estate, Finance, Innovations and Infrastructure, and Capital Markets groups:

John Cordo, Financial Associate, Finance
Brian Hess, Financial Analyst, Real Estate
Nate Lubick, Financial Analyst, Finance
Tom Morrison, Senior Managing Director, Capital Markets
Aaron Starling, Innovations & Infrastructure

Last week, EHTP held a groundbreaking ceremony for construction on the new East Harlem Education Center, being constructed as part of the program’s $45 million Campaign for East Harlem, which will support more than 2,000 scholars. Learn more about the East Harlem Tutorial Program here.