Nii Abladey

Nii Abladey

3 years

Nii Abladey

Years with Unity Games: 3

Position: Board Member

In real life: Architectural Designer

Other community organizations: Elder & Sunday School Teacher at the First Presbyterian Church of Irvington, NJ

What does Unity Games mean to me: Inspiring, Fun-Filled, Motivating

Favorite food: Jollof Rice

Favorite movie: Kung-Fu Hustle

Joan Basile

Joan Basile

11 years

Joan Basile

Years with Unity Games: 11

Position: Recruitment coordinator

In real life: General Manager for the Coast Guard

Unity to me means being together as a whole entity – bringing our youth together from different backgrounds and communities and making them one unit for a weekend and hope that they can continue to know that we should all be as one.

Favorite teams: New York Yankees and New York Rangers

John Fuentes

John Fuentes

14 years

John Fuentes

Years with Unity Games: 14

Position: Board member

In real life: Physical Education Instructor

Other community organizations: JCC (18 years)

What does Unity Games mean to me: Communication, community, teamwork

What do you like to do in your off time: Deejay

Favorite movie: The Godfather

Alberto Garcia

Alberto Garcia

Alberto Garcia

Years with Unity Games: 11

Position: Board member

In real life: Assistant Principal for the DOE

Other community organizations: Staten Island High School Track & Field Association (SIHSTFA),
Staten Island Track Running and Community (SITRAC),
Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)

What does Unity Games mean to me: Dedication, Differentiation, Determination

Favorite athlete: My wife

Favorite place: Da Bronx

Guillermo Grau

Guillermo Grau

2 years

Guillermo Grau

Years with Unity Games: 2

Position: Board member

In real life: Multi-site Community Center Supervisor for a community-based organization

Other community organizations: United Activities Unlimited, Project Hospitality

What does Unity Games mean to me: Inspiring, Empowering, Inclusive

Favorite off time: I like to play Xbox One and binge watch Netflix

Favorite athlete: Apart from Michael Jordan, former NY Knick John Starks – loved his emotion and tenacity

Steven Kessler

Steven Kessler

14 years

Steven Kessler

Years with Unity Games: 14

Position: Operations Chairman

In real life: Staten Island JCC After School Coordinator


Other community organizations: NYC Department of Youth and Community Development as well as the NY State Office of Children’s and Family Services

What does Unity Games mean to me: A “special weekend” for all concerned

Favorite athlete: tennis player Roger Federer

Bill LaGrega

Bill LaGrega

2 years

Bill LaGrega

Years with Unity Games: 2

Position: Finance Committee

In real life: Orthopedic sales consultant

Other community organizations: COB non – profit, Feeding Family and Friends,
Outreach coordinator for St Charles School

What does Unity Games mean to me: Inclusion Of All

Favorite food: Italian

Favorite TV: Anything sports

Mark Levine

Mark Levine

14 years

Mark Levine

Years with Unity Games: 14

Position: Board Member

In real life: Retired NYFD

Other community organizations: Volunteer at Project Hospitality on various holidays and I volunteer for the Fugazzi Bowl

What does Unity Games mean to me: The Unity games are motivational, inspiring and fun

Favorite athlete: Walt Frazier

Bertram Levinson

Bertram Levinson

Verna Maddox

Verna Maddox

Anthony Navarino

Anthony Navarino

14 years

Anthony Navarino

Years with Unity Games: 14

Position: Board member

In real life: Physicians First Messages, Chief Operating Officer

Other community organizations: Vice President of (SIBO) Staten Island Baseball Old-timers,
Member of the Greater New York Sandlot Athletic Alliance,
Member of Warren Jaques Committee

What does Unity Games mean to me: Kids making friends

Favorite food: Pizza – Lee’s Tavern

What do you do in your off time: Hang out with my 5 grandkids

Evan Pickman

14 years

Evan Pickman

Years with Unity Games: 14

Position: Board Member

In real life: Retired College Professor/ Physical Education/ Basketball Coach/ PH.d Sports Psychology
Currently Teaching Adjunct at Brooklyn College and Coaching Boys Varsity Basketball at The Heschel School, NYC

What does Unity Games mean to me: Teaching Youth Valuable Lessons Thru Sports

Favorite place: Central Park “Is The Bomb”! Try to get there 3 x’s a day

Between My family, My Dog , My Working Out and My Coaching, “Every Day is A Blast!

Lois Schwartz

Lois Schwartz

15 years

Lois Schwartz

Position: Volunteer Coordinator

In real life: Retired educator, Admissions Coordinator, Camp owner/director

Other community organizations: Volunteer for marathon,
Volunteer for Project Hospitality

What does Unity Games mean to me: A new family with a common bond to provide our youth with a positive welcoming environment to gain life skills and learn about the individuals that we meet.

Favorite pastime: Meeting people, making new friends, and skiing

Joyce Strype

Joyce Strype

14 years

Joyce Strype

Years with Unity Games: 14

Position: Board Member

In real life: YMCA Site coordinator

Other community organizations: YMCA

What does Unity Games mean to me: Friendship, Understanding, Acceptance

Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans


Favorite Place: Hawaii or New Orleans

John Woodson

John Woodson

6 years

John Woodson

Years with Unity Games: 6

Position: Technology

In real life: Retired/Self-empolyed

Other community organizations: Brothers of Peace (Who Give Back)

What does Unity Games mean to me: Transformation in kids

Celebrity crush: Shari Belafonte

Favorite athlete: Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Favorite place: Lake Tahoe, Aruba

Ingrid Ebanks

Ingrid Ebanks