Approximately 1,000 people from the greater Jericho/Syosset community will be attending and/or participating in the eleventh annual “Alley Oop For Autism” fundraiser at Jericho High School on Saturday, March 25th.
This extraordinary charity event features a “3-on-3” basketball tournament centered on raising awareness and much-needed funds for a rotating array of various organizations offering specialized education for children with autism.
This year, proceeds will benefit the Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism (FCA), a not-for-profit agency that provides programs and services to people with autism. The FCA is located in Garden City and offers services throughout Long Island.
“Alley Oop For Autism” was created by Justin Resnick when he was a Jericho High School student. He played on the Jericho High basketball team and also for Emory University. Today, Justin is an investment banker with Houlihan Lokey.
This annual event has raised almost $900,000 since its inception. In addition to the contributions by spectators and competitors, there is an impressive list of over 20 corporate and family sponsors. Sports celebs such as Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton have participated in past events. This year, Jay Bromley, a defensive tackle for the New York Giants and a former starter at Syracuse University, will be in attendance.
Although Justin is the architect of “Alley Oop for Autism,” the event has become a family affair. Peter Resnick—Justin’s father and president of Interboro Insurance—is instrumental in securing event sponsors and in helping to promote the event. And Justin’s sister, Marissa, is another family member who has helped to grow “Alley Oop for Autism.” Similar to Justin, Marissa graduated from Jericho High School. She played basketball at Queens College, and today is a special education teacher.
Joel Levine, a partner at the law firm of Levine & Wiss and a good friend of Peter Resnick, has become instrumental in helping to expand “Alley Oop for Autism.” Joel and his wife Debbie are active supporters of the FCA. And their daughter Emily, who participates at the FCA, was the agency’s gala honoree in December 2016. Joel is a champion of events that raise both money and awareness for programs that support people with autism.
Matt Zebatto, Assistant Executive Director for Life’s WORC/Family Center For Autism, explains:
“The dynamics of this grassroots Jericho/Syosset effort is an excellent model for the way in which charity and giving can ignite and gain momentum to benefit many. Justin Resnick deserves recognition for the unique legacy he has provided through Jericho High School.”
Featured Photos: “Alley Oop For Autism” features a “3-on-3” basketball tournament at Jericho High School on March 25, 2017 to raise awareness and much-needed funds about autism and nonprofit Life’s WORC Family Center for Autism! (Photos: alleyoopforautism.org)