MADNESS 2017 Honorees:

Leadership and Service Award Recipients:

The Leadership and Service Award was introduced to acknowledge individuals within the New Heights community who represent the ideals and beliefs we wish to instill in our student-athletes and our core values of teamwork, respect, excellence and effort. Jeremy Snepar and the Bulldogs Care Foundation exemplify all of these traits and we are excited to spotlight their commitment and dedication to our youth.

Jeremy Snepar, CEO & Co-Founder, New York Code + Design Academy

Jeremy Snepar, CEO & Co-Founder, New York Code + Design Academy

JEREMY SNEPAR: Jeremy was introduced to New Heights when working with Board Chairman Mark Patricof at MESA Global. Jeremy Snepar is the CEO & Co-Founder of the New York Code + Design Academy. At the NYCDA, Jeremy focuses on making technology and programming education accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Concerned with the lack of computer science education throughout our school systems from elementary through college, Jeremy launched the Code + Design Academy to fill the gap and he believes that understanding the languages that power the digital economy are becoming increasingly important in the 21st century. Jeremy has also provided opportunities for several New Heights student-athletes and alums at NYCDA, and introduced coding and digital technology to our program. Prior to the New York Code + Design Academy, Jeremy was the Executive Vice President of the New York Film Academy. Before NYFA, Jeremy advised numerous digital media and technology companies on business plans, fundraising and M&A at MESA. Jeremy studied economics at Cornell University and currently lives in New York City where he enjoys biking around Central Park, cooking recipes inspired by David Chang and spending time with his family and friends.

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The Bulldogs Care Foundation was founded in memory of four Yale University Bulldogs and seeks to support disadvantaged youth as they pursue personal development through programs in athletics, education and mentoring.

BCF has been a supporter of the New Heights Summer Academy since the Foundation’s inception over 10 years ago, providing the funding needed to subsidize our program, making it affordable for all kids, regardless of their zip code. In all that they do, the Foundation seeks to embody the passion, spirit, and sense of community and friendship of four Yale University Bulldogs – Kyle, Andrew, Nick and Sean who lost their lives one terrible night.

Through their fundraising efforts, they aim to help those so powerful in potential yet without the proper financial or community support behind them. BCF celebrates the legacy of their friends by doing all that they can for a better tomorrow one young person at a time.


Sade Jackson, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Pratt Institute

Sade Jackson, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Pratt Institute

SADE JACKSON: Sade is a young woman who has used the game of basketball to create a great life for herself – she has earned a solid education and created a successful career in sports. Sade joined New Heights in middle school and with the support of High School Assist she enrolled at Aquinas High School in the Bronx. Following a successful career on the court and in the classroom, Sade earned an athletic scholarship to attend Adelphi University. As a student-athlete there, she set several all-time records for the women’s basketball program, including becoming the school’s all-time leader in assists. More importantly, she graduated in 2014 and received her degree in Sports Management. After college, she played professional basketball for one season with Eintracht Braunschwieg in Germany. She then returned to her alma mater where she served as an assistant coach. In 2016, she was named Head Coach for the Pratt Institute's women’s team in Brooklyn. She also serves as an Assistant Athletic Director at the school. 

“From a young age, New Heights has always given me the essentials needed to succeed. Not only has New Heights presented me with opportunities of a lifetime but I’ve also met and built relationships with some incredible people. Relationships that I expect to last a lifetime because New Heights has and will always be my extended family.”