Carmel Academy capped off an exciting basketball season by hosting its annual Seder Plate Basketball Tournament on Sunday, February 10th at its Greenwich campus.
The five-school tournament included Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy, Ezra Academy, Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford, and Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy. More than 70 varsity athletes competed in games throughout the day.
Carmel Academy’s girls varsity took the first place trophy, winning all of their tournament games, including a game that went into triple overtime. Carmel’s boys varsity team also placed in the tournament, taking home the 2nd place trophy.
“There was a wonderful sense of community, with athletes throughout Connecticut congregating on our campus,” said CA Athletic Director and tournament organizer Phil Goldberg. “Our students were filled with such pride to be the tournament host. Our young athletes worked hard throughout the season and played with tremendous heart, compassion, pride and spirit. They showed exemplary sportsmanship and respect for one another and their guests.”
In celebration of Black History Month, Carmel Academy’s students delved into learning about the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout our nation's history. Each morning, as students entered school, they were greeted with an informative slide and video featuring a famous black American including: choreographer Alvin Ailey, Olympic athlete Jesse Owens, jazz musician Duke Ellington, medical researcher Dr. Charles Drew, abolitionist Harriet Tubman, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, and writer Zora Newal Hurston to name a few. After watching the morning video, students learned more about each featured person in their classrooms, while in music class students were introduced to musical genres from black culture including blues, jazz and soul.
“In these times, it is really critical for all students to recognize the unique contributions that people of all races and backgrounds have made on this wonderful country, and the lasting legacy these activists, scientists, writers, artists, athletes, choreographers, musicians and scientists have made on American culture. Our students have also recognized the bravery many of these historical figures exhibited,” said Jennifer Gensior, Carmel’s Director of General Studies Curriculum.
Carmel Academy is a private school for children of all Jewish affiliations, serving children from transitional kindergarten through 8th grade.
Carmel Academy is a recipient of UJA Greenwich, the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County and The UJA Federation on New York.