MVP, the premier Jewish Orthodox boys basketball camp, located at Camp Seneca Lake and under the direction of Irv Bader and Judah Rhine, celebrated its sixth consecutive season of record-breaking registration and enrollment. Over 200 MVP players, 4 divisions, and 30 teams participated, and over 120 games were played over the course of the five days! The games were competitive and exciting with many last-minute, buzzer-beater endings.
This year’s MVP featured players with all levels of playing ability. Third-graders joined MVP along with players in grades four through twelve, representing many schools throughout the tri-state area including: Yavneh, Noam, YNJ, Moriah, Ashar, TABC, Frisch, JEC, HAFTR, HALB, HANC, North Shore Hebrew Academy, YCQ, Har Torah, SAR, Ramaz, Derech HaTorah, MTA, Rambam, MAY, DRS, Kushner, and others. Some of the counselors/coaches were former MVP players and were able to give over their experiences to the MVP players from their years at MVP.
Upon arrival, each MVP player received his own new royal blue reversible MVP jersey featuring the new MVP logo. Each day at MVP was filled with a jam-packed schedule starting with Shacharis, followed by breakfast, and then a series of activities including conditioning, clinics, swim and the giant slide, league games, after-lunch visits to Seneca Sprinkles Ice Cream Parlor, 3-on-3 and 2-on-2 competitions, and more. New events added this year were the 1-on-1 and knockout competitions for each grade. After dinner, all MVP players went to the shul for Minchah and Ma’ariv. Following the night games and the nightly individual skills contests for each grade (and a movie for juniors), the late-night barbecues each night gave all the MVP players across all the divisions and schools the opportunity to interact and meet up with each other. The Xbox room was also open to allow the players to wind down after a full day of on-the-court activities. Special events that took place included the annual spectacular MVP Challenge Competition. On the final day of MVP 2014, the championship games for each division were played at beautiful Seneca Park (featuring stadium seating), as well as on the blue and orange MVP courts. They were followed by lunch and the annual closing award ceremonies, which featured over 100 trophies distributed to champions from the many competitions featured during the course of the week, including the MVP awards to the MVPs of each division. After boarding the buses, every MVP player was so excited to receive his very own MVP Klipped Kippah.
In reviewing this year’s MVP experience, co-director Judah Rhine stated, “This was by far our best season ever. There is something here for everyone. Every camper is truly an MVP.”
MVP was privileged to once again have NBA Hall-of-Famer Nate “Tiny” Archibald join them—the only player in NBA history to lead the NBA in both scoring and assists in the same season. All the MVP players had the opportunity to meet “Tiny,” take pics, and receive autographs, and they all benefited greatly from his visit, both on and off the court.
MVP also benefited from the expertise of Elliot Steinmetz, the new head coach at Yeshiva University; Barry Neuberger, associate athletic director at Columbia University; Andy Weitzen, head coach of Ramaz Middle School Varsity, as well as others, who gave multiple clinics to all the MVP players.
MVP has already started planning for MVP 2015, which promises to be even better! Please continue to check www.senecalake.com and click on the MVP link for information on MVP 2015 and to view pictures from this past season. Once again, this past season registration was sold out, which resulted in a waiting list. Please make sure to register early so you don’t get closed out.
For more information, visit www.senecalake.com and click on the MVP link or contact Judah Rhine at firstname.lastname@example.org or Irv Bader at email@example.com. MVP—where every player can be an MVP. MVP—All Ball, All The Time.