2022 GALA HONOREES

Courtney Hall

Courtney Hall brought unparalleled passion and authenticity to all he did. He reached the greatest heights in the academia, the NFL, and business. He was born in Los Angeles and went on the study at Rice University where he was also a standout football player who was later drafted into the NFL. Courtney played eight successful seasons with the San Diego Chargers, including captaining the 1994 AFC Championship team. The consummate scholar, Courtney went on to earn MBA and JD degrees from the University of Chicago. Later, he co-founded Hillcrest Venture Partners, where he served as Managing Director. For over a decade, Courtney served as a Trustee of the Randall’s Island Park Alliance until his passing in April 2021. As a member of our Executive Committee and the Chair of our Programming Committee, he cared deeply for the Island and advocated for increased access and recreational resources for his Harlem community and beyond.

Of all his accomplishments, his greatest pride was his beautiful and loving family: his wife, LaShann DeArcy Hall, sons Terence and Alexander, and daughters Rachael and Jayden. We are grateful to them for having shared and supported Courtney’s love of Randall’s Island, and the Alliance will forever be grateful for his leadership and great friendship.

Ricardo Zurita

Randall’s Island has benefited immensely from the creative vision Ricardo Zurita provided as a partner in development of RIPA’s Management, Restoration & Development Plan for the Park, and as the architect of Icahn Stadium, Sportime, and the iconic orange comfort stations. Born in Quito, Ecuador, he and his family immigrated to New York City where he later attended Stuyvesant High School. He then studied at Cornell University, graduating with an architecture degree. The Alliance is especially proud to honor his contributions on the 20th Anniversary of his firm, RZAPS, and looks forward to an exciting future of continued collaborations including: the new Drive Shack golf facility; a 10-court expansion at Sportime; and the transformative new Randall’s Island Park Alliance Nature Center that will help foster Courtney’s vision of accessible public programming for all.

For over 30 years, Randall’s Island Park has been the premier destination for sports, environmental education and free public programming for families in the Bronx and Harlem. Randall’s Island Park Alliance depends on your support. Please consider being a sponsor, or making a tax-deductible gift in support of RIPA’s 2022 Gala. You can make your contribution here. For inquiries, contact the RIPA Gala Office at [email protected] or 212-860-1899.