Student-Athletes Honored

Athletic Banquet Honors Student-Athletes Across 14 Varsity Sports

The annual Athletic Awards Banquet was held Wednesday evening, May 9, in the Max Stern Athletic Center. More than 250 athletes, administrators and guests were present to celebrate the 14 2011-2012 athletic teams that Yeshiva sponsors. Attendees were treated to a night of special awards for their teammates along with the unveiling of a championship banner for the men’s cross country team, celebrating the school’s first ever back-to-back championship in any sport.

The night began with Athletics Director Joe Bednarsh welcoming Vice President and Chief of Staff Josh Joseph. Rabbi Joseph spoke to the attendees about the importance of athletics in their lives and how the athletic experiences can help shape their futures.

Following the speech, Rabbi Joseph presented watches to 13 student-athletes who competed in their sport for 4 seasons at Yeshiva, an impressive feat considering the curriculum at YU.  Those student-athletes were: Chen Biron (Basketball), Mercedes Cohen (Basketball), Elizabeth Penn (Fencing), Shai Barel (Soccer), Edie Koslowe (Soccer), Rochelle Friedman (Soccer), Zach Charles (Tennis), Jack Voystock (Volleyball), Raphael Herskovits (Volleyball), Littal Kravetz(Volleyball), Amichai Levy (Wrestling), Greg Kupsin (Wrestling), and Ron Simchi (Wrestling).

Immediately after the watch ceremony, Bednarsh asked the captains of the women’s soccer team, men’s soccer team, men’s volleyball team and men’s basketball team to come up front to accept awards on behalf of their teams. Each of those sports received the sportsmanship award in their conference, or in the case of the women’s soccer team, from the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association. Following the presentation, the attendees enjoyed dinner and desserts with their teammates and fellow student-athletes. Read the full article at

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