On Sunday, April 30, MVP Basketball hosted its ninth annual Girls All Star Day at SAR High School in Riverdale. The daylong program featured over 100 players from yeshivas from all leagues throughout the New York and New Jersey metro area, including Bergen County, as selected by their respective coaches. There were four all star games on this fun filled day— sixth, seventh and eighth grades, high school junior varsity and high school varsity. Each of the all stars received an MVP All Star Day 2017 T-Shirt. The teams were comprised of players from the following yeshiva day schools: Yeshiva of Flatbush, North Shore Hebrew Academy, ASHAR, Yeshiva Har Torah, HANC, YCQ, Barkai, Hillel Yeshiva, RPRY, Kushner, HAFTR, Silverstein Hebrew Academy, Ma’ayanot, Ramaz, Frisch, Bruriah, Central and SAR. Coached by coaches from all the yeshiva leagues, the games were extremely competitive, with some buzzer beaters. The blend of all of the different colors of uniforms from players of so many teams was truly a colorful sight.
The camaraderie and interaction amongst players, friends and family members was truly memorable. In bringing together all star players from the “east” and the “west,” the event showed a great achdut among all those who attended and all were able to share experiences both on and off the court. The sense of team chemistry was also apparent as evidenced by the high level of play and unselfish teamwork all day throughout all of the games. SAR High School was the perfect venue for MVP All Star Day as it is also convenient to Carlos and Gabby’s, a kosher pizza store and a kosher Dunkin Donuts—as well as a kosher supermarket—all right across the street.
At halftime of each game, the MVP three point shootout (sixth grade foul shooting) took place which featured “specialists” as selected by their respective coaches. Some of the contests came down to the very last shot. This is one of the most exciting competitions that takes place in MVP Basketball Camp. Each three point champion received a trophy. An MVP, chosen from each team from each all star game, was awarded an MVP trophy as well. In addition, a lucky raffle winner at halftime of each all star game received a beautiful MVP cinch sack.
Congratulations to the three point/foul shooting champions:
Sixth grade - Joyce Fthia, Yeshiva of Flatbush
Seventh/eighth grade - Frieda Braha, Hillel Yeshiva
High school junior varsity – Renee Kubie, Yeshiva of Flatbush
High school varsity – Becky Tauber, Ramaz
Congratulations to the MVPs of each of the all star games:
Sixth grade – Jojo Hajibay, North Shore Hebrew Academy Lila Ellman, Yeshiva Har Torah
Seventh/eighth grade – Alex Greenstein, Yeshiva of Flatbush Ruthie Rosner, HAFTR
High school junior varsity – Lauren Gerafi, HANC Leila Deluty, Frisch
High school varsity – Jessie Orgel, Bruriah Molly Leventhal, North Shore Hebrew Academy
Special thanks to the coaches of the MVP all star teams: Kenneth Carter, ASHAR; Neil Wiener, HAFTR; Mr. Orgel, RPRY; Adam Brick, HANC; Yoni Lieber, Ma’ayanot.
The games were attended by hundreds of spectators including family, friends and teammates. MVP All Star Day provides an opportunity for all basketball players from all yeshiva day schools in New York and New Jersey to participate in a basketball game which is competitive, in a friendly and warm atmosphere. Several attendees even expressed the sentiment that it was so enjoyable, they are already looking forward to next year’s MVP All Star Day. Special thanks to SAR, and their Athletic Director Marty Berlin for their hospitality, and to all the parents, families, friends, players, refs and coaches for helping make this year’s MVP All Star Day its best one yet.
MVP Basketball – all ball, all the time- where every player can be an MVP.