South Bronx United to honor Sunil Gulati and Courtney and Paul Levinsohn at its 10th Anniversary Benefit

Alumni Honoree Derrick Cordova and MC Kyle Martino at the 2018 SBU Annual Benefit

Bronx, NY— South Bronx United will host its 10th Anniversary Benefit on Thursday, November 7th, 2019 at the Museum of the City of New York. The organization will honor Sunil Gulati and Courtney and Paul Levinsohn for their support across industries in using sport as a tool for social change. The event will raise funds for the organization’s youth development programs that reach more than 1,200 young people and their families each year, combining soccer programming with academic enrichment, college support, mentoring, immigration legal services, and other support services.

Sunil Gulati has played an important role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980’s. He was elected U.S. Soccer President in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. Mr. Gulati is a member of the board of directors for the U.S. Soccer Foundation, and serves as one of three CONCACAF representatives on the FIFA Executive Committee. He played a lead role in bringing the 1994 and 2026 World Cups and the 1999 and 2003 Women’s World Cups to the United States. He is a highly regarded senior lecturer in the economics department at Columbia University. Gulati graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University and earned his M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics at Columbia University.

For years, Courtney and Paul Levinsohn have been significant supporters of South Bronx United programs and its mission. Mrs. Levinsohn is a sport and performance psychology consultant who specializes in delivering mental skills training for teams and individuals. After receiving a master’s degree in sports psychology in 2003, she founded Growth Through Sport to help young athletes develop the confidence they need to excel. Since then she has expanded her practice to include teams and older athletes, working with those facing challenges in sports or who feel the game isn’t fun anymore. This year, Mrs. Levinsohn produced Coach, a documentary film that aims to show today’s children that it is possible to grow up in a world where it’s normal to see women in positions of authority in sports—and not just as athletes. 

Paul Levinsohn is the Co-Founder and Managing Principal of New York City Regional Center (NYCRC), a company that secures funding for real estate and infrastructure projects in New York City. Mr. Levinsohn has acquired and sold more than 200 commercial properties to public REITs and individuals. In 2002, he was appointed Chief Counsel to the Governor of New Jersey. Under this post, Mr. Levinsohn oversaw legal operations for the Governor’s Office. Today, Mr. Levinsohn is actively involved in the Duke Law School Wrongful Convictions Clinic and The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, an organization that provides financial support to more than 600 non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. In 2018, Mr. Levinsohn served as the co-chair for South Bronx United’s 7th Annual Benefit.

The 10th Anniversary Annual Benefit is the organization’s largest fundraising event raising about 15 percent of its annual budget. About 350 guests are expected to attend the Benefit in support of SBU’s mission to use soccer for social change. The event program features an annual update from the organization’s Executive Director, an alumni speaker, a video presentation, and words from the benefit honorees. Past honorees and special guests have included Spanish soccer legend Raul Gonzalez Blanco, former USA Men’s National Team Captain Claudio Reyna, New York City FC President Jon Patricof, the New York City Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs Bitta Mostofi, and Men in Blazers host Roger Bennett. The evening also includes a live and silent auction, an open bar, buffet and hors d’oeuvres. There will also be exhibits throughout the museum that guests can visit, including “Activist NYC,” an exhibit exploring social activism in New York City from the 17th century to the present day.

Individuals and businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities can visit www.sbusupporters.org/benefit. Tickets will be available on the website beginning August 5th. 

About South Bronx United

Founded in 2009, South Bronx United is a 501c3 nonprofit youth development organization. The organization’s mission is to use soccer as a tool for social change. South Bronx United aims to help youth build character, teamwork, and leadership so that they can succeed in high school, college, careers, their community and beyond. South Bronx United strives to promote educational achievement, health and wellness, and character development through activities on and off the soccer field and to unite a diverse group of individuals and an incredibly diverse community toward common positive goals.

For more information: Caitie Adams | caitie@southbronxunited.org | (718) 404-9281

Media contact: Joshua Guerra | joshua.guerra@southbronxunited.org

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