Ben Schornack is a program officer for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. He currently manages place-based giving and coalition-building in NYC, Chicago, and Los Angeles. 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 alumnus of AmeriCorps VISTA. He sits on the advisory board for the St John’s Sports Management program and regularly guest-lectures there. Ben believes that well-designed sports programs can provide youth with a caring coach-mentor, an opportunity to build transferable 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 to achieve these high-impact outcomes. Ben lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Jenna. He graduated from Central College in Iowa with a BA in psychology.