Message From Our President
r family and friends of The Inner City Handball Association
behalf of the ICHA, I would like to thank you for joining us at our 27th ual Handball Gala celebration!
year has been an amazing year! We’ve been able to enjoy the growth of our ers as well as our volunteers, who have worked tirelessly towards a mon goal The goal of creating a fun, safe, and competitive environment places emphasis on personal growth I believe that process never ends, and ok forward to the work ahead We appreciate everyone who has supported hus far, and we’re excited to build on what has been accomplished up to this nt. This brings us to this year’s Gala.
ve said before, time is our most precious commodity. The time we dedicate ur work, our craft, our relationships, our families, and our friends. That all s up to who we are as a community. So tonight, we’re taking the time to brate and acknowledge our champions, organizers, supporters, and those are no longer with us. Thank you for your time & continued support!
Long Island Open
L I N C O L N T E R R A C E P A R K B R O O K L Y N , N Y M A R C H 2 0 2 2
School Spring Meet
J U N I O R B I G B L U E N A T I O N A L A N D A D U L T C H A M P I O N S H I P S
B E D - S T U Y / C R O W N H E I G H T S S T . J O H N ' S P A R K B R O O K L Y N , N Y S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 2
O O U R A W A R D R E C I P I E N T S
Jim Jacobs and Michael Schneider Sr. Scholarship Recipient
Nancy Zheng is currently a senior at Brooklyn Technical High School. She started playing handball in middle school, where Nancy and her peers were drawn to the community of handball. Initially fascinated by the nature of the sport, she played whenever she had free time with her friends. Later, Nancy was introduced to ICHA tournaments, where she began to play competitively and win several championships in the Speaker's Cup and the Junior Big Blue Nationals. As the first singles player at Brooklyn Technical High School, Nancy took her role as an opportunity to advocate for her passion for handball and further establish a learning community. She aspires to look for a continued handball community in college, where she can further nurture connections and growth.
Jim Jacobs and Michael Schneider Sr. Scholarship Recipient Andrew Xie
Andrew describes himself as a shy and timid individual, who for years, struggled with making friends. In high school, he looked around and saw a familiar sport that he was always scared to try, handball. He decided to try out the courts at his school, where two upperclassmen asked to play with him. From here on, he became “hooked on this sport." Andrew says, "thanks to handball, my days are now filled with laughter and a friendly competitive environment that boosted my confidence." Since then, he has developed a committed growth mindset and will work for his goals and motivations. All of this, he says, is "thanks to the great sport of handball." Andrew is a senior at Staten Island Technical High School. He is currently still applying to college and hopes to decide where he will go at the beginning of next year.
O O U R S P O N S O R S
We the Officers and Members of Essene Lodge NO. 97 of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Freemasonry would like to Congratulate the Inner City Handball Association for providing 31 years of Great Handball to our New York City teens.
Sublime Prince Barry Bourne 32° Worshipful Master
Sublime Prince Tyrone Allman 32° Senior Warden
Sir Knight Rick Hall 18° Junior Warden