Powered by the millions of fans who enter Prudential Center and supported by the hundreds of sports and entertainment stars who perform on its ice, court and stage each year, the Devils Youth Foundation fosters transformative results.

The Challenge

New Jersey’s youth face dozens of challenges that stifle their growth potential and negatively impact their quality of life. The Devils Youth Foundation is taking on these challenges by creating and expanding youth programs through strategic partnerships with community organizations. Together, we will tackle a number of the issues our youth encounter to provide healthy alternatives that improve their chances of success.

The Solution

The Devils Youth Foundation is squarely focused on areas where we see great challenges – and where we see an opening to make a difference. The youth of New Jersey deserve great programs and activities that will get them moving and provide opportunities to satisfy their curiosity for new experiences. Through the platform amplified by the athletes and entertainers who perform at Prudential Center, we will use the power of sports and entertainment for good. What do we see as success? Improved physical well-being and life skills. Increased student participation in music. Higher educational opportunities and a better quality of life for those in need.

Leadership

Allison Blitzer

Chair of the Devils Youth Foundation

Allison is deeply committed to numerous organizations that support youth development. She serves as Chair of the Devils Youth Foundation and is on the Board of Directors of the Sixers Youth Foundation. She is also on the boards the of Uncommon Schools as well as Project Morry, which provides a youth development program including summer camp and year-round academic mentoring for young people from under-resourced communities.

Kate Whitman Annis

Executive Director of The Devils Youth Foundation

Kate joins the Foundation following a decorated career spanning non-profit operations, public service, event management, fundraising, education, communications, and professional sports. Most recently, Whitman Annis was the Development Director at The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, N.J., where she led their major gifts and fundraising programs, engagement, stewardship projects, and special events for nearly a decade…

Jake Reynolds

President of the Devils Youth Foundation

As the President of the New Jersey Devils, Jake Reynolds oversees the business operations and strategy for Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment’s (HBSE) three-time Stanley Cup-winning franchise. In the first six months of his tenure as President, Reynolds’ efforts…

Kevin Orcel

Manager of the Devils Youth Foundation

Born in Haiti with Glaucoma, his dad moved him and his family to the United States for better education and medical treatment. Kevin attended high school in Jacksonville, Florida, where he ran track, wrestled, and played Goalball…