BOARD

JUNIOR

The America SCORES New York (ASNY) Junior Board is comprised of a select group of forward-thinking community leaders who support ASNY.

From fundraising to event planning, this group’s members play an active role in the progression of the organization. 

Mike oversees the strategy and execution behind the marketing of Digiday Media's three media brands.

He grew up in Smithtown and currently lives on the Upper East Side.

"As a former student-athlete, I realize the important lessons that balancing athletics and academics can teach. Teamwork, hard work, leadership. In only a short time with ASNY, I've seen those characteristics come out in spades in the kids and it's amazing."


A favorite soccer memory: "In a playoff game at SUNY Geneseo, my teammate scored a golden goal in overtime. I just remember running on a dead sprint from my own goal to the other side of field. I couldn't get to the celebration fast enough."

Mike joined the Junior Board in 2016. You can find him on LinkedIn by clicking here

Mike Madarasz 
Digiday,  Board Chair
Delia McGee 
PeacockTV,  Board Vice-Chair

Delia grew up in New Jersey and currently lives in Jersey City.

"I started working with SCORES through the Summer Cup tournament; HBO was invited to play and I was able to get the support to start a team and play our first tournament in 2014!  Since then, we’ve been competing every year in both the Summer and Winter Cups which helped me learn more about SCORES and what the organization does. When the Junior Board started, I knew I wanted to be a part of it to raise money and support both the soccer and poetry programs. I’m so happy to be a part of the SCORES team and to contribute to the students of NY!"


A favorite poem: Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou


A favorite soccer memory: "I’ve been playing soccer since I was 5. The main memories that stand out are the varsity championships we won in high school. I played for an awesome high school that consistently won our county and conference championships and made it past the first few rounds of the state tournament. I’ve enjoyed the sport throughout my life so much that I’ve coached for the past 3 years, and still play in a local fun league."

Delia joined the Junior Board in 2015. You can find her on LinkedIn by clicking here

Liz grew up in Alexandria, VA and has been a proud Brooklyn resident since 2015.

"I have been a member of the Junior Board for two years, and a poetry coach for one! I love America SCORES New York because it allows me to combine my two favorite things -- performance poetry, and working with kids."


A favorite line from a favorite poem: “What my country / does for me is enter / me like a room, becomes the furniture,

/ the wall, the painting on the wall, / the white spot where painting used to sing”

(Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night by Morgan Parker)

Liz joined the Junior Board in 2015. You can find her on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Liz Desio 
RippleMatch, Board Secretary
Landon Baker
Tailwind Capital

Landon is an associate at Tailwind Capital. He grew up in Old Westbury, NY and currently lives in Greenwich Village.

"The impact of America SCORES New York’s exceptional programming truly cannot be quantified. I feel very fortunate to be part of an organization that provides so many deserving children with essential leadership, teamwork, and communication skills that will prove invaluable for the rest of their lives."

A favorite soccer memory: "I’ve been playing soccer ever since I started walking, and the sport has provided me with so many amazing memories, friendships, and life lessons along the way. From meeting my childhood teammates for the first time to traveling internationally with my university’s club team, soccer has given back to me in ways I can never fully express. I am certain that it will do the same for our poet-athletes as well."

Landon joined the Junior Board in 2017. You can find him on Linkedin by clicking here.

Supriya manages creative details of integrated marketing campaigns at Viacom. She grew up in Kansas and Florida, went to college in Boston, and now lives in Manhattan's Kips Bay neighborhood.

 

"As a former student journalist and avid soccer player growing up, I was instantly drawn to ASNY's unique mission to encourage storytelling through poetry and soccer. Both taught me an incredible amount about myself, so contributing to an organization that gives local youth a chance to experience that for themselves just kind of feels like home."

 

A favorite line from a poem: "I wandered lonely as a cloud/ That floats on high o'er vales and hills/ When all at once I saw a crowd/ A host, of golden daffodils." -Daffodils by William Wordsworth

 

A favorite soccer memory: "My brother and I had the same soccer coach for all of high school which was so much fun. Since the boys played fall season and the girls played spring season, we'd get to practice with each other on our off-seasons which was the best. Also, our coach would make us be ball boy/girl for each other's games since he knew we shared a car and couldn't leave until the other's game was over!"

Supriya joined the Junior Board in 2018. You can find her on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Supriya Muppala 
ViacomCBS
Samantha Schiff 
Achieve Partners

Samantha is an investor at Achieve Partners, where she focuses on investments in education and training. She grew up in New York City and currently lives in the West Village.

"I feel very lucky to be part of an organization that gives so many New York City kids an incredible opportunity to learn teamwork, commitment, and communication both on and off the field."


A favorite line from a favorite poem: “Just like moons and like suns, / With the certainty of tides, / Just like hopes springing high, / Still I’ll rise.” (Still I Rise by Maya Angelou)


A favorite soccer memory: "It's hard for me to pinpoint one memory in 12 years of soccer as my favorite, but I will always cherish the laughs, smiles, and lasting friendship."

Samantha joined the Junior Board in 2017. You can find her on Linkedin by clicking here.

Alex was born and raised in Colorado and spent a few years traveling before moving to NYC in 2015. Alex works on digitizing systems such as urban landscapes, healthcare delivery,

and food supply chains.

 

"It has been an absolute thrill collaborating with everyone from America SCORES and witnessing firsthand our positive impact!  I look forward to growing with this organization."


A favorite line from a favorite poem: “All grown-ups were once children... but only few of them remember it.”― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


A favorite soccer memory: "Watching my younger brother play an entire game holding a bagel, occasionally stopping to take a bite"

Alex joined the Junior Board in 2016. You can find him on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Alex Wathen 
Charter
Liam Connor 
Blackstone

Liam is an Associate in Blackstone’s Insurance Solutions Group. He is originally from East Islip, NY and currently lives in the Lower East Side

"Soccer and education played a huge role in my formative years. For this reason, I’m incredibly grateful to be part of an organization that uses soccer and poetry as a tool to teach kids invaluable life skills."

A favorite line from a favorite poem: “Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth / But trust me on the sunscreen.” (Sunscreen by Mary Schmich)


A favorite soccer memory: "Being a part of the University of Scranton’s run to the quarterfinals of the 2012 DIII national championship tournament,"

Liam joined the Junior Board in 2018. You can find him on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Abhi is an associate at Capital Dynamics. He grew up in New Hope, Pennsylvania and lives in Tribeca.

 

"Soccer was a massive part of my life growing up and played an instrumental role in my academic and personal development. I am fortunate to be a part of an organization that provides New York City’s youth with a similar outlet to learn the benefits of hard work, perseverance, and humility."

 

A favorite line from a favorite poem: "We are not now that strength which in old days / Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are; / One equal temper of heroic hearts, / Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will / To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. (Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson)”

 

A favorite soccer memory: “Watching Manchester United win the 2008 UEFA Champions League."

Abhi joined the Junior Board in 2018. You can find him on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Abhi Basu 
Capital Dynamics
Caitlin Farrow
Libby Thomas 
Capstone Investment Advisors

Libby works in Communications at Capstone Investment Advisors. She grew up in Cumberland, Maine, and currently lives on the Upper East Side.

‘Washed up’ collegiate athletes leave their comfortable bubbles on campus and enter the real world with giant holes in their hearts, trying to fill them with adult co-ed leagues, and I was certainly no exception. In getting involved with America SCORES and everything it gives to the kids – teachings of self-expression, introspection, and general harnessing of skills that stretch beyond the game – I’ve learned more about my own soccer career and myself retrospectively than I ever did in the moment.

 

A favorite line from a favorite poem: "Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; / What you can do, or dream you can, begin it. / Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it." (Jean Anouilh)

 

A favorite soccer memory: "Winning my college’s first-ever conference championship!"

Libby joined the Junior Board in 2019. You can find her on Linkedin by clicking here.

Katherine is currently an associate in the Leveraged Finance group at Barclays. She grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and currently lives in Brooklyn.

"America SCORES is an incredibly unique organization that has the ability to change lives - after running the NYC Marathon for ASNY in 2019, I am incredibly motivated and excited to see what is in store for 2020 and the years to come!"

A favorite soccer memory: "On New Year's Day 2019, I brought my sister to her first Arsenal game in London for her 30th birthday - we decided to walk from Notting Hill all the way to the Emirates in the freezing cold but it was such an amazing bonding experience and so wonderful to watch our favorite team together to ring in the new year."

Katherine joined the Junior Board in 2019. You can find her on Linkedin by clicking here.

Katherine Davis 
Barclays
Denzel Kennedy
Urban Dove

Denzel grew up in the Bronx, New York and currently lives in The Bronx, New York.

“I started with SCORES as a program coordinator in August of 2018. My experience with working with SCORES was amazing. SCORES allows their poet-athletes to be creative off and on the field, whether it’s in the classroom working on poems to learning new ways to celebrate a game day on the field. It is critical to the youth development that SCORES is doing in the communities that it serves. They help poet-athletes gain self-expression, leadership skills, teamwork, and effective communication. SCORES is a team I am glad to be part of and help contribute to so we can be able to reach more children in areas we do not currently serve. The Junior board role allows me to provide resources for our poet athletes so they can have the best sport-based youth development experience in the New York City area."

Favorite poem: Harlem by Langston Hughes

Favorite soccer memory: My favorite soccer memory is watching Ghana national men’s soccer team beat the United States national soccer team in the 2006 World Cup.

Denzel joined the Junior board in 2020. You can find his LinkedIn profile by clicking here.

Joe is an Equity Research Associate at Oppenheimer & Co., where he focuses on sustainable technology, clean energy, and transportation companies.

Joe is originally from Greenwich, Connecticut and currently lives in Gramercy Park.

"My involvement with America SCORES started in Washington, D.C., where I was a member of DC SCORES' Advisory Council. Moving to NY, it was a no-brainer to stay involved. I was lucky to have incredible coaches, teachers, and mentors growing up and know first-hand the impact that these role-models can have on kids. The community and mission of America SCORES continue to inspire and motivate me every day."

A favorite line from a favorite poem: "I play it cool, I dig all jive. That's the reason, I stay alive. My motto, as I live and learn, is: Dig And Be Dug, In Return." (Motto by Langston Hughes)

A favorite soccer memory: "Scoring a PK in sixth grade."

Joe joined the Junior Board in 2020. You can find him on LinkedIn by clicking here.

Joseph Beninati
Oppenheimer & Co
Kyle Dedrick
Odyssey Investment Partners

Kyle is an associate at Odyssey Investment Partners. He grew up in Wilton, Connecticut and currently lives in Chelsea.

"It has been a privilege working with the America SCORES Chicago team for the past two years and I’m thrilled to join the ASNY junior board. Soccer and education have played a huge role in my life, so I’m honored to have the opportunity to help children develop essential teamwork, perseverance, and communication skills through soccer and poetry. America SCORES has done a fantastic job of using the unique combination of these activities to give local youth the platform to grow, express themselves, and gain confidence both on and off the field.”

A favorite soccer memory: "Growing up in Connecticut, my brothers and I often went to watch UCONN men’s soccer games since they had one of the best D1 teams in the country. My favorite soccer memory was senior year of college when my younger brother and I were playing for Notre Dame and we beat UCONN in a thrilling overtime game in their sold-out stadium. Playing on that field alongside my brother with family and hometown friends watching, and beating the team I followed growing up was an experience I’ll never forget.”

Kyle joined the Junior Board in 2020.  You can find him on LinkedIn by clicking here.