Silicon Valley’s Best Battled It Out At KIPP Ping Pong Tournament

Amy Gurley, Monica Cheney, Rob Cheney, Chris Rittler, Ginger Pistilli and Marion Rittler

Photographer:  Susana Bates for Drew Altizer

KIPP Bay Area Schools‘ first annual Ping Pong Tournament & Party brought the best from Silicon Valley and beyond.  The Bay Area’s most successful companies faced off in a Ping Pong Tournament to benefit KIPP Bay Area Schools, a network of seven charter schools in the Bay Area that prepares underserved students for success in college and in life.

Over 400 people from high tech companies, venture firms and individual teams duked it out for the cause, as 100% of the proceeds were donated to KIPP.

Finalists landing the top honors in the tournament were Kevin Weil and Utkarsh Srivastava (beginner) from Twitter; Darren Nguyen and Yu Han (intermediate) from Netsuite; Yongjun Liu and Shu Zhang (advanced) from Symantec.

About KIPP

KIPP Bay Area Schools is a network of seven free, public charter schools located in San Jose, San Francisco, San Lorenzo, and Oakland that prepares underserved students for success in college and the competitive world beyond.  To date, 85% of our students enroll in college which is more than double the national average for low-income students.

KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program) Bay Area Schools is part a national network of 109 KIPP schools located in 20 states and Washington D.C. that is closing the achievement gap and putting students on the path to and through college.

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