About Us​

The Riverside Hawks Program has been a staple in the Harlem community since it was created in 1961. Our mission is to improve the lives, academic opportunities, and career prospects of the young people in our community by using sports as a vehicle.
The strength of our basketball program is legendary and nationally recognized. Our alum roster includes NBA players such as Donovan Mitchell, Ty Jerome, Eric Paschal, Chris Mullin, Tiny Archibald, Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson, Ed Pinckney, Metta World Peace, Elton Brand, and Malik Sealy. However, our core mission is to help boys and girls attain better academic outcomes and opportunities. Our students have excelled off the court.

  • 100% of our student-athletes graduated high school in 2023.
  • 100% of our 2023 graduates went to college or post-grad prep schools.
  • Since 2020, our students have received over $5 million in college scholarships and grants (over four years) and over $550,000 in prep school scholarships.

Our Mission

The mission of the Riverside Hawks is to help the students and families in our community use basketball to pursue academic opportunities and
promote character development.

Our Operations Team

At the heart of our organization lies a dynamic Operations Team, a group of skilled professionals whose diverse backgrounds converge to form the backbone of our daily operations. Each member brings a unique blend of expertise, experience, and dedication, ensuring that our mission is not just a statement but a lived reality.


Anthony Hargraves

Program Director

Christopher Snell

Director of Operations

Daniel Colon

Director of Athletics

Melissa Velazquez

Operations Coordinator - Development

Ming Augustine

Operations Coordinator - Finance

Andy Destin

Community Programming Coordinator

Chimere Stephens

Education Coordinator

Kenzi Bushara

Academic Enrichment VISTA

Meet Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is the compass that guides our organization. Comprising seasoned professionals from diverse backgrounds, each member brings their unique expertise and insight to the forefront. They are not just decision-makers but visionaries who shape the strategic direction of our organization, ensuring that we stay true to our mission, purposes, goals, policies, and programs.

Dr. Emily Anderson

Columbia SW Professor

Deb Bailey

US Trust

Jared Bartie

Wilkie Farr & Gallagher

Howard Feinglass

Priam Capital

Derek Ferguson


Les Franks

UBS Financial

Erik Gershwind

MSC Direct

Erika Irish Brown


Phil Isom

Wilkie Farr & Gallagher

Scott Jaffee

Metropolitan Realty Group

Matthew Lentz

Castle Hook Partners

Rick Lerner

Goldman Sachs

Amanda Morgan

Morgan Management

Chris Robinson

Proskauer LLP

Steve O’Brien

CTI Global

Jeffrey Ward

Draw Atleta

Meet Our Junior Board of Directors

Our Junior Board Members are the embodiment of emerging leadership, bringing fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the table. Each member, a budding professional in their own right, is committed to our mission, purposes, goals, policies, and programs, bringing a youthful yet insightful approach to our operations.

Alan Boozer


John Brewer

Goldman Sachs

Paul Castaybert


Ben Feinglass


Stephan Ferrao


Davis Franks

Macquarie Capital

Dagim Girma

Capital One

Hannah Hackley


Spencer Harlan

Centerbridge Partners

Van Johnson

Goldman Sachs

Jonathan Kalin

Bill Reeves

Goldman Sachs

Marissa Segala

Hudson River Trading

Robert Thoma


Dean Weiner


Eric Williams

Goldman Sachs

Cole Yaverbaum

Ladies Talking About Money

Join the Drive for Excellence with the Riverside Hawks

Be a part of a legacy of academic and athletic success. Support the Riverside Hawks in their steadfast mission to foster an environment where student-athletes soar to new heights. Get involved, contribute ideas, and help us continue to make a difference. Whether it’s cheering from the stands, volunteering at events, or serving on a committee, your participation makes our goals achievable.

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