SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- David S. Blitzer, a co-owner of the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia 76ers, and Crystal Palace FC, will return to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on December 11 for his induction into the school's Hall of Fame.

A graduate of the class of 1987, Blitzer went on to study at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude. Today he is one of the country's most successful executives in sports as global head of Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities Group, which he joined in 1991. He is the Global Head of Blackstone’s Tactical Opportunities group (Tac Opps).

Blitzer is also co-managing partner and co-chair of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which includes in its portfolio the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Devils, the Prudential Center, the Delaware Blue Coats, the Binghamton Devils, the Sixers Innovation Lab Crafted by Kimball, renowned esports franchise Team Dignitas and NBA 2K League Team, 76ers Gaming Club (GC). He is also a general partner of the Crystal Palace Football Club.

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Blitzer and his wife, Allison, founded the Blitzer Family Foundation, which supports positive youth development by creating opportunities centered around education, athletics, health and wellness. The foundation’s ongoing mission is to strengthen communities by assisting young people in reaching their full potential. Blitzer also serves on the Boards of Dream, a youth development organizing servicing more than 2,200 inner city children, the Riverdale Country School, the Advisory Board of the Mount Sinai Surgical Department, the Board of Overseers at the Wharton School and the Board of Trustees at the University of Pennsylvania.

Blitzer will be honored along with the other 2019 inductees on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School:
  • Jamie Novak '90, author, TV personality, speaker, and organizing humorist,
  • Amy Nutt '73, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, investigative and science reporter and author, and
  • Joe Scarpati '60, former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints. He was the holder for Tom Dempsey’s 63-yard field goal in 1970 -- a record that stood for more than four decades.

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