Falcon Hoopsters Make a Different Kind of Assist

Falcon Hoopsters Make a Different Kind of Assist
Posted on 05/02/2019
Falcon Hoopsters Make a Different Kind of Assist

Members of the Boys and Girls Varsity and JV Basketball teams gathered in the Café in the new wing of Flatbush’s Joel Braverman High School Thursday afternoon (5/2) to make an assist – but this time it was not of the basketball kind. They all came together for the school’s Cooking for a Cause program, helping make sure the needy of the community do not go hungry.

Cooking Cooking 

The Flatbush Athletic Department is always seeking opportunities for the school’s athletes to get involved in chesed, to give back to the larger school community. Spearheaded by Flatbush Head Boys Basketball Coach Michael Gurock, and joined by Head Girls Basketball Coach Rozan Mizrahi-Loudon and their respective assistant coaches Gus Kennedy and Sarah Horowitz, the teams came together to prepare and package foods to be donated to Sephardic Bikur Holim (SBH). Cooking for a Cause is a regular staple of the High School’s chesed programs, under the oversight of Shifra Hanon and Ami Sasson. They get together on an almost weekly basis to prepare foods. But, this marked the first time a session was staffed and conducted expressly by a Falcons athletic team.

 Kal Abed makes a different Assist

With a handful of team parent volunteers on had to help set up and supervise, the boys and girls made lachmajeen pies and pans of breaded chicken (both to be stored at SBH’s freezers for future heating up and distribution to the needy and hungry of the community). There was a unique energy in the café, with the respective close-knit squads reveling in the opportunity to put their teamwork to use off the court. And they did so with joy and pleasure, knowing that others would benefit from their efforts, no thanks needed!

 Cooking with the Oved's

It was a special afternoon for all involved. Coach Gurock was absolutely pleased with the attendance and the active participation of all the student-athletes. “I am really proud of all our boys and girls basketball players. Everyone was eager to take part, and you could feel the sense of community they all feel, for each other and for the larger outside population served by SBH as well. I could not be prouder of them all!”

 Ready for delivery

Stephanie Mugrahbi and Marcy Ashear shared that they have been a part of Cooking for a Cause in the pas, but this was the first time they ever did it as a group like this. Esther Mizrachi exclaimed, “It was so much fun!”

Noah Sedaka echoed those sentiments. “We have done this before, but never as a team. It was really nice to do this as a team.” “Especially with our coaches, too,” added teammate Eddie Lincer.

When everything was all packed up and ready to go, the last words belonged to Shifra Hanon - “Okay, guys! Who wants to deliver?!”

 Shifra Hanan

The answer to that was easy. The Flatbush ballplayers already did.

Cooking as a team 


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