Monday, June 01, 2020

The Jewish Link of New Jersey and Teaneck Doghouse would like to recognize 11-year-old Raizel Reva Kleinman as this week’s Sportstar of the Week. The Yeshivat He’Atid sixth grader was one of the many standout players at this summer’s Sportstar Select @Camp Shalom New Jersey Program. When asked about Kleinman, Sportstar Select Program Director Steve Gutlove told the JLNJ, “Raizel Reva is the type of player every coach wants to work with. She brings to the table a combination of natural ability, an eagerness to improve and the determination to work hard. However, in my opinion what makes Raizel Reva a true Sportstar is less about how she performs on the court and more about the way she treated everyone around her. She was always positive and could often be found providing words of encouragement or helpful suggestions to both teammates and opponents. She worked very hard this summer and I have no doubt she is destined for future greatness both on and off of the court.”

Raizel Reva, congratulations on this award. Who is your role model and why?

My dad because he teaches me to work hard and never take anything for granted.

What is your favorite sport?

My favorite sport is basketball.

What is your greatest sports accomplishment?

Winning a championship my first year of MGBL.

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Lebron James because he is humble and dedicated.

What is your pregame routine, if you have one?

Drink lots of water and take some lay ups and foul shots.

What is your earliest sport memory?

Shooting basketball with my dad.

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not on the court?

I love to babysit dogs.

What is the best thing about being a Sportstar?

Knowing that all my hard work has paid off.

The Teaneck Doghouse Sportstar of the Week will receive a $15 gift at the Teaneck Doghouse. Please send nominees for an upcoming Jewish Link of New Jersey and Teaneck Doghouse Sportstar of the Week to [email protected].