Summertime at Seneca for Many Falcon Hoopsters

Summertime at Seneca for Many Falcon Hoopsters
Posted on 08/08/2019

Summertime is an opportunity for a break from the bustle and intensity of the everyday challenges of school, but it is also an opportunity to hone skills outside of the classroom - and for many Flatbush student-athletes it is the right time to work on their athletic skills., Earlier this week, Head Boys Basketball Coach Michael Gurock made a visit to Seneca Lake Camp to check in on a number of his Falcon basketball players at the upstate New York summer camp.


Coach Gurock reports:

"Back in June I made a promise to our students heading to Seneca that I would come and visit them and check in on them. I also made a promise to myself that I would follow through on this. In June I ran into Irv Bader, the owner of Seneca and legendary Flatbush basketball coach, and told him I intended on visiting. He said don’t just say you are coming, actually come. I had worked at Seneca for three summers back in 2000, 2001, and 2002. Ironically at that time my supervisor was Mike Gelber. This visit was my first visit back since 2002.

The motivation for going as all the boys’ teacher and the coach of most of them was for our students to know that our commitment to them is year-round. They are part of the Flatbush family, and family does not get to take off 2 months of the year. But, I also wanted to stress to my Basketball players that I appreciate the big commitment they make to me and our team during the school year and season. They show up for me, so I wanted to go show up for them at Seneca.

 Starting 5

The day I chose to go happened to be the Sam Farkas A”H Memorial Tournament. Sam had tragically passed away back in January, and I had been there with the boys as they grieved there friend. Sam’s Brother Ben (pictured as part of the starting 5 with Michael Flaster, Steven Chetrit, Irwin Azar, and Aaron Vilinsky) started the tournament with our Flatbush boys and hit the game’s first shot - a three no less. I knew this was going to be an emotional time for them so I wanted to be there for that as well. I reflected on all this with (Coach) Gus (Kennedy) who works at Seneca and is my dear friend and right hand man. We both agreed that the boys are beginning to learn that the Flatbush caring culture goes well beyond the court and classroom."


For their part, the boys were clearly moved by the effort Coach Gurock made in coming back to Seneca Lake and spending time with them. Lawrence Dweck and Steven Chetrit noted, "it was great to have Coach Gurock come visit us and catch up about ball and the upcoming school year. We definitely appreciated him making the drive - and bringing us some Bisli, Doritos and other treats otherwise not allowed in camp!"

Michael Flaster Jack Gemal and Jake Laniado also enjoyed catching up and talking about the upcoming sophomore year.

On the team bench 

Time at Seneca Lake most assuredly is time well spent - especially in advance of the new school year!

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