Co-founder Mike “Sunshine” Fratangelo is renowned for his upbeat personality and innate ability to keep the camp Gatorade chilled at precisely 32.5 degrees. Mike graduated from Haverford College in 2007 and earned his Masters degree from Bryn Mawr College in 2009. Upon graduation, Mike had the incredible opportunity to play professional basketball in Europe and the Middle East. In addition to coaching hoops, Mike’s interests include reading, problem solving, and perfecting his wide array of boy band dance moves of the early 2000s era; he maintains his dream of one day “making it” in the entertainment industry. Mike is thrilled to work with the amazing staff and campers who make DiverseCity Hoops such a special experience every summer! DCH… YOU KNOW!!!
Greg Rosnick is a co-founder of DCH and graduated from Haverford College in 2009. He received his Masters in Teaching from Smith College in 2010. After finishing graduate school, Greg taught English and coached basketball in Athens, Greece and is now the assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Colby College. In his spare time, he likes to consume TV and books about sports and education, hang out with his dogs, and translate ancient texts into Portuguese (just in case). But most of all, he’s uber-pumped to start DCH camp #8 this summer!
Sam Permutt, also known as “Sammy Vert”, is in his eighth year with DiverseCity Hoops. Known for his abundance of energy and enthusiasm, Sam was once asked by a camper, “Why are you so positive all the time?” After graduating from Haverford in 2011 with a degree in economics, Sam had the opportunity to continue his career in Israel. He currently teaches middle school and coaches high school basketball at St. Andrews School, Delaware. He particularly enjoys working with young people, as well as watching The Wire, freestyle rapping, food, emotions, and blowing his whistle while telling people to rotate stations.
Caroline Feldman is a 2005 graduate of the Shipley School and a 2009 graduate of Haverford College, where she received her B.S in Biology. While at Shipley, Caroline set and still holds the record for the most 3-pointers (46) made in a single season. At Haverford, she lettered for the women’s basketball team for three years and decided her senior year that she wanted to try coaching. She returned to her high school alma mater, Shipley, to assist the varsity women’s basketball team to a Friends’ League championship. Caroline currently is employed by the Shipley School, where she teaches 8th grade science and coaches middle school soccer and basketball. Caroline has been working at DiverseCity Hoops for the past seven summers, where she has coached her team to a championship multiple times (only lost twice). She is looking forward to this upcoming year, hoping to continue the “Feldman” dynasty. Watch out John Wooden and Pat Summit!
Lekan graduated from Haverford in 2011 and has been with the DCH team since the camp’s early days. His reputation for running informative and highly motivational defensive stations precedes him far and wide, and his unconventional draft strategies have led his teams to two championship appearances (RIP team S.L.E.M.J.A.K.S.). Lekan decided to hang up his gold whistle last summer and take his talents back to his hometown, NYC, where he works for the Turner Construction Company. Now Lekan has become a pretty face behind the scenes, assisting with camp administrative and organizational efforts. Lekan is well-known as a dougie specialist, the DCH admin/holder of the stat sheet templates, and the man who brought dynamic stretching to the kids. Everybody get hyped for DCH Summer 2014!!! LEGOHOHOHOHOOOOOOOOO!!
The newest addition to Team DiverseCITY, Nat Ballenberg was born in Boonton, NJ and has been playing baseball his entire life. A sophisticated Google search will not reveal hours of home video of 2 year-old Nat smashing line drives with his plastic red bat, throwing a changeup over the backstop at age 10, or, as a teenager, getting thrown out at first base on clean single to right field. But the accolades don’t stop there. He was voted Most Gullible by his high school graduating class, and in college he earned the name G-Nat – like the bug, which not coincidentally was his nickname during his season of professional ball in Israel.
After returning from playing and coaching in Germany, Nat became the assistant coach at Haverford College, where he has brought his unique combination of hard work and silliness to a team that truly embraces that dichotomy.
He likes baseball, protein bars, and anything that makes him laugh.