On Sunday, April 17, 2016, MVP Basketball hosted its 8th Annual Girls All Star Day at SAR High School in Riverdale. The daylong program featured over 100 players from yeshivas throughout the New York and New Jersey Metro Area, as selected by their respective coaches. There were four All Star games on this fun-filled day: Grades 6 through 8, High School Junior Varsity and High School Varsity. Each of the All Stars received MVP All Star Day 2016 t-shirts that featured the gold and royal blue colors of the defending NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors. The teams were
comprised of players from the following yeshivas: Yeshiva Har Torah, HALB, Magen David, HAFTR, HANC, North Shore, Yeshiva of Flatbush, Silverstein, Barkai, RYNJ, ASHAR, Moriah, Ramaz, RPRY, Yavneh, Heschel, Frisch, Kushner, SAR, Ma’ayanot, Bruriah, Westchester High School, Central and Hillel. Coached by coaches from all the yeshiva leagues, the games were extremely competitive.
The blend of colors from the player’s respective school uniforms was a lively sight.
The camaraderie and interaction amongst players, family and friends was memorable. Bringing together All Star players from the “East” and the “West,” the event showed a great achdus amongst all those who attended; they 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.
SAR High School was the perfect venue for MVP All Star Day as it is conveniently located near Carlos and Gabby’s, 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 3-Point Shootout (and sixth grade foul shooting) commenced. It featured specialists, as selected by their respective coaches. Each Champion received an MVP Trophy. Some of the contests came down to the very last shot. This is one of the most exciting competitions that take place in MVP Basketball Camp. In addition, two MVPs from each All Star Game (one from each team) were awarded MVP trophies as well.
3-Point/Foul Shooting Champions:
6th Grade: Kira Solomon, Moriah
7th/8th Grade: Emily Siri, HAFTR
High School Junior Varsity: Julia Morreale, Kushner
High School Varsity: Julia Reichel, Frisch
MVPS of Each of the All Star Games:
6th Grade: Yonina Felson, Yavneh; Sasha Horowitz, NSHA
7th/ 8th Grade: Lillian Leventhal, Silverstein; Sarah Oppenheim, HANC
High School Junior Varsity: Sarah Lieberman, Frisch; Leora Itzkowitz, Central
High School Varsity: Adina Rosenberg, Ma’ayanot; Sarah Horowitz, Yeshiva Of Flatbush
Coaches of the MVP All Star Teams:
6th Grade: Sandy Wasser, North Shore; Jen Sanders, Yavneh
7th, 8th Grade: Neil Weiner, HAFTR; Sandy Wasser, North Shore
High School Junior Varsity: Rebecca Furer, Frisch; Jon Gabriel, Yeshiva Of Flatbush
High School Varsity: Atara Pinsky, Ma’ayanot; Ilona Diamond, Shalhevet
The games were attended by hundreds of spectators including family, friends, and teammates. The experience was basketball in a competitive, yet friendly and warm atmosphere. Several attendees even expressed the sentiment that it was so enjoyable that they are already looking forward to next year’s MVP All Star Day. MVP appreciates the generosity of SA, and their Athletic Director Marty Berlin. Parents, families, friends, players, refs and coaches all contributed to making this year’s MVP All Star Day its best one yet.
This event is the kickoff for MVP Girls Basketball Camp 2016. Now entering its eighth successful year, MVP Girls Basketball Camp is an Orthodox Jewish basketball camp held in the magnificent setting of Camp Seneca Lake. The session runs August 28 through August 31. For more information visit www.senecalake.com and click on the MVP link.