MVP, the premier Jewish Orthodox boys’ basketball camp at Camp Seneca Lake, under the direction of Irv Bader and Judah Rhine, celebrated its fifth consecutive year of record-breaking registration and enrollment. There were 4 divisions, 34 teams, and over 160 games played over the course of 5 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 in fourth through twelfth grades from schools throughout the tri-state area including Yavneh, Noam, Moriah, Ashar, TABC, Frisch, JEC, HAFTR, HALB, HANC, North Shore Hebrew Academy, YCQ, Har Torah, SAR, Ramaz, MDS, Yeshiva of Flatbush, Derech HaTorah, MTA, Rambam, DRS, Kushner, and others. Some of the counselor/coaches were former MVP players, and were able to relate experiences from their own years at MVP to the players.

Upon arrival, each player received his own reversible MVP jersey featuring the new MVP logo. Each day had a jam-packed schedule of activities starting with davening, followed by breakfast, and then a series of conditioning, clinics, swim, league games, after-lunch visits to Seneca Sprinkles Ice Cream Parlor, 3-on-3 competitions, individual skills, contests, and more. This year featured a new event: 2-on-2 competitions in each division. After dinner, all MVPs davened Minchah and Ma’ariv in the air-conditioned shul. Following the night games, the late-night barbecues gave all the players across divisions and schools the opportunity to interact and meet 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 2013, championship games for each division were played at the beautifully redone Seneca Park (featuring stadium seating), as well as on the Blue and Orange MVP courts. They were followed by lunch, Minchah, and the much anticipated closing award ceremonies, which featured trophies to all champions from the many competitions during the course of the week, including the MVP awards to the MVPs of each division.

This year, MVP was privileged to have Basketball Hall of Famer Nate “Tiny” Archibald–the only player in NBA history to lead the league in both scoring and assists in the same season. All the MVPs had the opportunity to interact with “Tiny,” and they all benefited greatly both on and off the court.

Also joining in were Elliot Steinmetz, varsity head coach at North Shore Hebrew Academy, and Barry Neuberger, associate athletic director at Columbia University, who gave multiple clinics to all.

MVP has already started planning for MVP 2014, which promises to be even better! The dates for MVP 2014 are Sunday, August 17 through Thursday, August 21. Please continue to check the Seneca website,, and click on the MVP link for information on MVP 2014, and to check out pictures from this past season. This past year, registration was sold out, which resulted in a waiting list. Please make sure to register early so you don’t get closed out.

Due to popular demand, MVP will introduce a father-and-son camp this year. Spend an unforgettable experience playing basketball and bonding at beautiful Camp Seneca Lake. Thursday, August 21 through Sunday, August 24. Space is limited.

For more information, visit and click on the MVP link or contact Judah Rhine at or Irv Bader at v


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