20 TEAMS VIE FOR TOP SPOT IN NORTH AMERICA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL COMPETITION; JEWISH BASKETBALL LEGEND TAL BRODY TO ADDRESS STUDENT ATHLETES
(NEW YORK, New York – February 28, 2016) Marking its milestone 25th year, Yeshiva University’s Annual Red Sarachek Invitational Basketball Tournament will bring together hundreds of student athletes and their fans from yeshiva high schools across North America for five days of thrilling competition and a community-wide celebration of good sportsmanship and Jewish unity. From March 10-14, 20 elite teams will battle it out at the Max Stern Athletic Center on YU’s Wilf Campus in Washington Heights for the top spot in the country’s most prestigious Jewish high school basketball competition.
Established to honor the legacy of former YU Maccabees coach Bernard “Red” Sarachek both on and off the court, the tournament will also include a lively Shabbaton and tours of the University’s ever-expanding campus, to help the young all-stars gain an early appreciation for YU’s unique educational environment and culture.
“Coach Sarachek was a larger-than-life figure whose dedication to the Yeshiva University students and the greater Jewish community is well-known. We are thrilled to honor his memory every year by giving high school students from across the country the full Yeshiva University experience, showing them that only at Yeshiva can a Shabbat observant college student play competitive NCAA basketball and learn from intellectual giants in all fields of Jewish study and general knowledge,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, the Vice President of university and community life.
Jewish Hall of Fame athlete Tal Brody will be on hand to pay tribute to Coach Sarachek while addressing the students and fans, and will also watch the completion from the sidelines. Israel’s first-ever Ambassador of Goodwill, Brody is world renowned for turning down a shot at playing in the NBA to join Maccabi Tel Aviv, a team he led to the European Cup Basketball Championship in 1977.
Participating schools for this year’s tournament will include: Abraham Joshua Heschel School (New York, NY); Atlanta Jewish Academy (Atlanta, GA); Cooper Yeshiva High School (Memphis, TN); Davis Renov Stahler Yeshiva High School (Woodmere, NY); Fuchs Mizrachi School (Cleveland, OH); Hebrew Academy of Montreal (Montreal, Canada); Ida Crown Jewish Academy (Chicago, IL); Kohelet Yeshiva High School (Philadelphia, PA); Maimonides School (Brookline, MA); Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy (Miami, FL); Rambam Mesivta (Lawrence, NY); Robert M. Beren Academy (Houston, TX); Shalhevet High School (Los Angeles, CA); Southern California Yeshiva High School (San Diego, CA); The Frisch School (Paramus, NJ); Torah Academy of Bergen County (Teaneck, NJ); Valley Torah High School (Valley Village, CA); Yeshiva High School (Boca Raton, FL); Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA); and Yeshiva University High School for Boys/Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (New York, NY).
The tournament will be broadcast in high-definition video by the student-run MacsLive sports network.
For complete tournament coverage, including scores, statistics, game summaries and awards, please visit www.macslive.com/sarachek.
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Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University (www.yu.edu) brings together the ancient traditions of Jewish law and life and the heritage of Western civilization. More than 6,400 undergraduate and graduate students study at YU’s four New York City campuses: the Wilf Campus, Israel Henry Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, and Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus. YU’s three undergraduate schools – Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Sy Syms School of Business – offer a unique dual program comprised of Jewish studies and liberal arts courses. Its graduate and affiliate schools include Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. YU is ranked among the nation’s leading academic research institutions.