q2On Sunday, May 4, NY NCSY held its 8th Annual Men’s Basketball Tournament. The event started early in the morning and featured 20 teams that each participated in three round robin games in gyms all across the Five Towns. Each player received a team-sponsored T-shirt (worn throughout the tournament) as well as a complimentary NY NCSY knapsack. Following the morning games, all the players convened at Lawrence High School for a complimentary pizza lunch, followed by the selection of the “Sweet Sixteen.” During the afternoon, 16 teams commenced the single elimination portion of the tournament. Finally, at the end of the marathon of seven competitive games, Team LOBO’S emerged victorious and were awarded championship trophies.

Kenny Sicklick, chairman of the board of NY NCSY, stated, “The day was a great success, baruch Hashem. The level of play continues to be of the highest caliber. I received great feedback from many players who look forward to returning next year. And, most importantly, thanks to our generous sponsors, we raised a significant amount of money for NY NCSY, which will help pay for kiruv programming across the New York region.”

Prior to the championship game, the winners of the raffle were selected–the grand prize was two free round trip tickets to Israel. During the day, in addition to the games being played, there was family entertainment, including a petting zoo and bounce house for children.

As per Rabbi Kohl, regional director of NY NCSY, “From a basketball perspective, I think everyone there would agree that it was a home-run event. . . . The caliber of the teams and play was outstanding, and the day went off without a hitch.”

Funds raised from the tournament help support NCSY community programming and also provide scholarships to teens who wish to study in Israel post-high school and attend NCSY regional and summer programs as well.

Tournament Director Judah Rhine said, “The event was a smashing success both on and off the court for young and old. The true beneficiaries are those that are served by NY NCSY whose mission is to connect, inspire, and empower Jewish teens and encourage passionate Judaism through Torah and tradition.”

Many thanks and appreciation to all those who contributed and participated–staff, volunteers, players, refs, and corporate and team sponsors. Plans are already under way for next year’s tournament. See you then.

To view pictures from this year’s tournament, visit NCSYBasketball.org. v


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