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May 2, 2017

Media Contacts:
Jarrod Moses |
Brian Simpson | | 212.870.6765

New York, NY, May 2, 2017 –The Riverside Hawks are accepting team registrations for their annual Invitational Tournament happening May 26-28 at Basketball City, New York’s premiere state-of-the-art basketball facility located at 299 South Street in New York City. This expansive national tournament is an excellent way for teams to show off their skills on a big stage.

Register today by visiting Boys teams from grades 2 through 9 (8U-14U) are welcome to compete, and there is a three game guarantee. Deadline to register is May 10. Multiple team discounts are available.

The Riverside Invitational Tournament would not be possible without the gracious support of our title sponsor, Metropolitan Realty Group:

Metropolitan Realty Group (MRG) is the premier provider of affordable housing for residents in the New York Metropolitan area. The company has been at the forefront of the affordable housing market for over 20 years and understands that a residence is more than just a structure. MRG’s focus is to provide a home environment that is safe and affordable, offering quality housing for all of our communities. Scott Jaffee, Managing Member and Founder of MRG, has a strong belief in social responsibility and the importance of education. Those beliefs led him to develop and fund, a unique educational preparatory program that sponsors SAT/ACT prep courses along with college advising for under-served youth in the communities surrounding their residential buildings. Since the program’s inception in 2013, more than 500 students have benefited from the services. Additionally, the company supports numerous organizations in the communities in which they operate. MRG has over 3,500 units of Project Based Section 8 housing with an aggregate value in excess of one billion dollars.

Additional sponsor support provided by our host facility, Basketball City, Sole Pack, and Tri State Classic (@TSClassicNYC). Partner support provided by Inspiring Young Minds  and Student Sponsor Partners.

Complete schedule and tournament rules can be found at

February 24, 2017adidas-uprising-logo

Media Contacts:
Anthony Hargraves | | 212.870.6811
Danny Colon | | 212.870.6811
Brian Simpson | | 212.870.6765

NEW YORK – Adidas and The Riverside Hawks boys and girls basketball program have formed a partnership to collaborate on basketball initiatives providing more opportunities for outstanding student athletes. Founded in 1961, the historical success of The Riverside Hawks program is evident, graduating several hundred alumni that have gone on to achieve academic and athletic excellence in college as well as playing professionally in the NBA and overseas. Some former Hawks alumni include Chris Mullin, Tiny Archibald, Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson, Malik Sealy, Omar Cook, Lamar Odom, Metta World Peace, Elton Brand and others. In most recent years the Hawks have achieved notable success with its middle and elementary school, as well as high school girls, basketball teams.

“We are most excited about this partnership as it shows Adidas’ belief in us as an resurging AAU basketball program that is focused on the needs of the students that are part of our Riverside family. We are honored to be chosen to be one of their representative boys and girls programs in New York.” says Daniel Colon, Riverside Hawks Director of Operations.

The Riverside Hawks basketball program since its inception has promoted the importance of education along with developing the next generation of athletes. The Hawks have built a tremendous track record in its community and has celebrated success with many of its scholar-athletes going on to college.

“Academics will continue to be at the core of everything we do and we plan to continue our hard work of rebuilding the Riverside Hawks to be an AAU basketball program that is nationally recognized for promoting academic achievement as well as athletic excellence. ‎ The opportunity to partner with a respected company like Adidas will be invaluable to the students in our program.” says Anthony Hargraves, Riverside Hawks Program Director.

It’s been well over 10 years since the Riverside Hawks last were sponsored by one of the major sneaker brands and the Hawks Program and its Board members are excited about the opportunity for the Program to possibly return to being one of the top youth basketball programs in the country.

“With the guidance of both Tony Hargraves and Danny Colon, the Riverside Hawks’ Board believes that our basketball program has the critical components of a leadership team that can restore the Riverside Hawks to a nationally prominent position.” says Dr. Emily Anderson, longtime member of Riverside Church and member of the Board of Directors of the Riverside Hawks Program.

The partnership commenced February 1 and Riverside will have its high school AAU teams participate in the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Silver circuit events during the 2017 NCAA Live Periods and adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas. Riverside girls and middle school boys AAU teams will also be participating in Adidas sponsored tournaments and events throughout the country.

Earlier this month Riverside Hawks also became a USA Basketball accredited organization and announced the return of its Riverside Invitational Basketball Tournament to be held at Basketball City in New York during Memorial Day weekend of 2017.

January 31, 2017

Media Contact: Kate Lucadamo | | 646-364-9026

NEW YORK — Orbach Chairman and Minnesota Timberwolves minority owner Meyer Orbach announced a new partnership supporting basketball and education in Morningside Heights.
Orbach donated $5,000 to the Riverside Hawks, a year-round basketball program on the Upper West Side that coaches hundreds of boys and girls for academic and athletic success. The money will help support Success Maker Online, a tool the Hawks use to target students’ academic needs and track their progress throughout the year, as well as provide individualized tutoring and basketball coaching.

“Basketball doesn’t just keep children students active, they learn focus, teamwork and how to stay fit mentally and physically,” said Orbach. “The Hawks are grooming these students for success on and off the court.”

He donated his check during after-school practice at the Hawks headquarters at the Riverside Church in Morningside Heights.

The Riverside Hawks started in 1961 and has produced scores of professional basketball players including NBA stars Chris Mullin, Kenny Anderson and Kenny Smith. Minnesota Timberwolves assistant coach, Ed Pinckney, is also a Hawks graduate. Many of these men credit their time with the Hawks for keeping them on track and making them into leaders in any arena.
“The Hawks gave me direction and focus, traits that ultimately prepared me for a career in the NBA. The lessons these children are learning with the Hawks will help them in any profession they pursue. Basketball isn’t a hobby, it’s a tool to engage and teach kids. That’s why supporting this program is so important, and I’m grateful that Meyer Orbach recognizes that,” said Bronx-born Pinckney, a former player for six NBA teams including the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat.

Hawks program director, Anthony Hargraves, was also grateful. “It’s the support of people like Meyer Orbach that keep our organization thriving and help so many children reach their potential. We are so grateful to him for recognizing that work we do to help boys and girls perform academically and physically,” said Hargraves.
The New Jersey-based Orbach Group owns approximately 6,000 multifamily units in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California. Orbach Affordable Housing Solutions, a subsidiary of The Orbach Group, owns and manages approximately 2,000 affordable units and has a $150 million of acquisitions set to close this year.

While Orbach is committed to buying and preserving high-quality affordable housing in New York City, he is an avid basketball fan and a firm believer in the power of sports. He recently bought a share of the Minnesota Timberwolves and gave more than $20,000 to basketball leagues in the New York area last year.

“Business and community groups need to be partners. That’s why I believe wholeheartedly in supporting nonprofits like the Riverside Hawks,” said Orbach.