Second Annual “T4Youth” Raises Over $80,000 for Chicago Tech Academy

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Chicago tech and finance communities rally around their love for table tennis to create opportunities for minority and low-income high school students

T4Youth, Chicago’s table tennis tournament for technology and finance companies held at the Killerspin House, announced today this year’s tournament raised over $80,000 for the Chicago Tech Academy (ChiTech). This included a $25,000 match from the Creating IT Futures Foundation, and the total marks an over 60% increase from last year’s inaugural tournament, which raised $50,000 for ChiTech.

ChiTech is a four-year contract high school dedicated to integrating technology into the curriculum for students in underserved neighborhoods. This year, 32 teams came out to show their support for the school and vie for the T4Youth trophy. Opening rounds were held over the first two weeks of October, and the tournament finals -- as well as this year’s new C-level tournament -- were held on Thursday, October 22nd. Taking home the first place trophy this year was Slalom Consulting, with DRW coming in second and Emmi Solutions coming in third. Nimesh Patel, CTO of Emmi Solutions, won the C-level tournament and Trading Technologies' CEO Rick Lane came in second.

Ryan Pollock, one of the founders of the event and a managing partner at Objective Paradigm, serves on the board of directors for ChiTech. “We were thrilled to see so many companies throw their hats in the ring and work towards bridging the gap between Chicago’s emerging tech scene and the city’s youth,” said Pollock. “It’s encouraging to see how much growth we’ve accomplished from year one to year two, and to see the tech community here really come together to invest in the next generation.”

Seth Thomson, chief information officer at DRW, the tournament’s gold sponsor, added, “With the success of last year’s event, we knew this was something we wanted to see continue. We hope the efforts of T4Youth go beyond the tournament and find ways to provide students with opportunities in STEM learning that were previously unavailable.”

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