The 37th Annual HAFTR Invitational Scott Satran Memorial Tournament kicked off at the Nassau Coliseum on Tuesday, January 3, with a HAFTR vs. HANC Varsity showdown. This opening event featured a Girls Varsity, a Boys Varsity, and an Alumni game. HAFTR won all three games.

The event was a meaningful one on multiple fronts. Students from both HAFTR and HANC got to play in the same arena as the Nets while also doing some good in the world. The event raised money for the Israel ParaSport Center, an incredible organization that is a pioneer in the world of sports rehabilitation. The Israel ParaSport Center harnesses the power of sports to “strengthen body, spirit, and mind.” Between games, audience members were invited to play wheelchair basketball with some pros from the Israel ParaSport Center. Audience members left this family-friendly event feeling incredibly inspired.

The tournament continued at HAFTR on Thursday, January 5, with yeshivah day schools from across the east coast. The program included a Shabbaton at HAFTR in addition to the games. Each year, it gives participants the opportunity to forge new friendships and celebrate sportsmanship. For this reason, the tournament is dedicated in memory of Scott Satran, a former HAFTR student. Scott Satran, as remembered by his brother Robbie, “cared about people – young and old alike; he was able to relate to every age group. Scott was everyone’s buddy, confidante, and most of all, friend…”

Magen David Yeshivah took home first place in the tournament’s championships on Sunday night, followed up by our very own HAFTR in second place.

Thank you to our HAFTR parents for coming together to host 180 boys from visiting schools for this incredible event. This event was also made possible through the generosity of sponsors. A huge thank you to Annette and Rob Satran, Diane and Ed Satran, the HAFTR PTA, Melodie and Marty Scharf, Jenny and Joey Hoenig, Janine and Cal Nathan, Simmy Thall, Jumpshot NCSY, Dave’s Pizza, Ad and Co., Traditions, Holy Schnitzel, and Joseph Lichter DDS.