A native of Port Jefferson, New York, and resident of Bethesda, Maryland, John Cortale enjoys family, fishing, and fun. A diehard sports fan, particularly of the New York Yankees and the University of Maryland Terrapins, he participates in many sports and activities himself, such as fishing, golfing, jogging, and biking. John Cortale played on the Rocky Point High School golf team in New York, where he graduated in the top 25 of his class. A member of the Deans list at the University of Maryland, he earned a B.S. in Finance and Accounting.
For John Cortale, fishing means family. He pursues bluefish with his cousins, uncle, and father in Montauk, Long Island. He recently joined his wife off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, where he caught a 350-pound, 9.5-foot hammerhead shark. The family gathers at a lake house in Massachusetts, for his grandmothers annual birthday party in Long Island, and for an annual Easter visit in Fort Lauderdale. John Cortale remains close to his parents and extended family, which includes aunts, uncles, cousin, and nephews.
John Cortale has supported the New York Yankees since the 1980s, through the lean years, suffering with other true fans. As a college freshman in 1996, watching a 13-inch television with his best friend, he reveled when Charlie Hayes caught the last out of the 1996 World Series. The drought had finally ended. John Cortale also supports the Terrapin Club and all things Terrapin. He even married a fellow Terrapin, and they said their vows at the Universitys Memorial Chapel. The couple attends basketball games and roots for all the University of Maryland teams.
Drawn to those facing physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, John Cortale regularly donates to Special Olympics and aids the Arc of the District of Columbia, Inc.; and KEEN Greater DC. In other service, John Cortale assists the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Bethesda, MD 20817