The Yeshiva University Department of Athletics held its second Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony in the Max Stern Athletic Center on the Wilf campus. The 2019 class of Hall of Famers were inducted in front of over 250 people, which included YU student-athletes, coaches, staff, families, alumni, and friends of the program. The event was originally scheduled to be held in Weisberg Commons, but due to the outpouring and enthusiastic response to this year’s inductees, the ceremony was relocated.
Class Of 2019 Student-Athletes Inductees: Irv Bader ‘60, Men’s Basketball; 1999 MACFA Men’s Fencing Championship Team (Steve Mellner, Alex Traiman, Hadar Weiss); Josh Hasten ‘98, Men’s Tennis; Dave Kufeld ‘80, Men’s Basketball; Elizabeth Penn ‘12, Women’s Fencing; Shai Samet ‘98, Men’s Tennis; and Rebecca Yoshor ‘14, Women’s Basketball
Yeshiva University director of athletics Joe Bednarsh served as the master of ceremonies and began the evening with opening remarks. He turned it over to Yeshiva University’s president, Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, who paid tribute to the inductees.
After dinner was served, the induction ceremony began. Nine inductees were honored by receiving a Hall of Fame plaque and a Yeshiva University Athletics Hall of Fame jacket.
“These exceptional men and women have left an indelible mark on the program and have set the bar of success higher,” Mr. Bednarsh said. “It is due to their pioneering achievements that our current student-athletes can represent our people with the excellence, class, and ferocity that our honorees exhibited.”
Nate “Tiny” Archibald, who played 14 years in the National Basketball Association and was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, formally inducted Bader into the Yeshiva Athletics Hall of Fame.
Calvin Murphy, who played as a guard for the NBA’s San Diego/Houston Rockets franchise from 1970 to 1983, delivered a congratulatory video message to Yoshor, who is now also a Hall of Famer from Houston.
After the induction ceremony concluded, all the inductees and attendees walked to the area adjacent to the gymnasium. Everyone gathered around the Yeshiva University Athletics Hall of Fame wall. After Mr. Bednarsh delivered a few more remarks, the Hall of Fame lit up with plaques that explained the accomplishments of each inductee of the Class of 2019, joining the plaques from the inaugural class in 2017.
“These esteemed inductees exemplify what it means to be true student-athletes through your excellence both in their studies and on the field of play,” Mr. Bednarsh said. “They have gone on to use the skills they gained to make a real, tangible difference in the world as political activists, executives, business owners, and doctors. Many of these individuals set firsts or records that stand to this day and all of them are fantastic ambassadors of the athletics program and Yeshiva University. The extended University and Maccabees family owes them a debt of gratitude and I am privileged to have had the opportunity on Monday night — in front of friends and family — repay that debt in some small way.”
The Yeshiva University Athletics Department will hold its third biennial Hall of Fame Dinner and Ceremony in the spring of 2021.
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Thanks to Anthony O’Hagan, Sports Information Director, Yeshiva University, for his contribution to this article.