Biography of Jeff Kagan
Born in Brooklyn. Raised in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Attended Trenton State College from 1986 to 1990. Graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts, with a Music Minor. Attended Montclair State College From 1990 to 1993, earned an M.A. in Communication Arts. Hired by Home Box Office, in February 1992 in the Program Scheduling Department. Moved to New York City six months later.
In high school, Jeff was assigned to create a family tree, researching back at least three generations. He sat down with his parents and grandmother and put together his project, getting an A+. This project would become a hobby over the years, and Jeff eventually tracked over 2,700 relatives.
In 1999, Jeff founded the New York City Gay Hockey Association (NYCGHA), which has since grown to become the largest gay hockey organization in the United States, second largest in the world.
In 2000, co-founded Out Bounds NYC, an umbrella organization which promotes and supports all LGBT Sports and Recreation Organizations in the greater New York area.
In 2003, Jeff was honored by his peers at HBO as a recipient of the Andrew Heiskell Community Service Award, one of 12 honorees chosen from among AOL Time Warner's 90,000 employees worldwide. The award, named for Andrew Heiskell, a former chairman of Time Inc., recognizes the exceptional volunteer efforts of employees and their distinguished achievements in the areas of public service, community development and human rights.
Today, Jeff is a manager of HBO Program Scheduling at Home Box Office in New York City. In addition to his current involvement with the NYC Gay Hockey Association, Out of Bounds NYC and Team New York, Jeff is also the co-producer of Sports Ball (with Amy Lesser), an annual fundraiser which has raised more than $50,000 for participating LGBT sports and recreation groups in the NYC area.
In November, 2006 Jeff helped launch the NYC Gay Basketball League, the first of its kind in the City of New York. A Women's Division was added in the Fall of 2008. Today the league has over 20 teams and plays all year 'round.
He is featured in "Jocks 2" by Dan Woog, and in 2007, in a book by Cyd Zeigler, Jr. and Jim Buzinski called "The Outsports Revolution: Truth and Myth in the World of Gay Sports".
Jeff currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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