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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-03-14

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Contributing Writer

he inaugural Hoops 4 Kids
3-on-3 benefit basketball tour-
nament has been put on hold.
The joint effort of the not-for-profit
Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation
and Friendship Circle scheduled for
Sunday, March 17, in the Meer Family
Friendship Center in West Bloomfield
was postponed by organizers because
not enough players registered.
"We only had a handful of players
sign up. We were hoping to get around
40 to make it a good experience for
the competitors:' said Sari Cicurel, the
foundation's community relations direc-
"We didn't have the number we need-
ed for a first effort:' she said. "We think
the date was too close to Passover, and
we probably need to open the event to
high school-age players. Perhaps we put
it together too quickly."
The tournament was set up for play-
ers age 30 and older.
No new date has been set, Cicurel
said, but she hopes the tournament can
be held sometime this calendar year.
"The foundation and Friendship
Circle are a wonderful partnership:' she
said. "We just need to do some tweak-
ing with the tournament to get it going"
Cost to play was $100 and sponsor-
ships were available.
Proceeds from the tournament were
earmarked to benefit the children's
charities supported by the foundation
and Friendship Circle, which provides
programs and support for the families
of individuals with special needs.

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There's a new opportunity for golfers
to participate in the Hank Greenberg
Memorial Golf Invitational, which
is presented by the Michigan Jewish
Sports Foundation.
For $450, a golfer can play an 18-hole
round in the morning, have breakfast
and lunch, and return for the evening
dinner and program. It's a savings of
The 23rd annual Greenberg
Invitational is Monday, June 3, at
Franklin Hills Country Club in
Farmington Hills.
Former major league baseball player
and manager Joe Torre, now execu-
tive vice president for baseball opera-

tions for Major League Baseball, will
receive the Hank Greenberg Lifetime
Achievement Award.
Sports Illustrated senior writer Tom
Verducci will receive the Dick Schaap
Award for Media Excellence.
Proceeds from the Greenberg
Invitational benefit cancer and chil-
dren's charities. Greenberg, the former
Detroit Tigers star, died of cancer in
For information on invitational reser-
vations and sponsorships, contact foun-
dation executive director David Blatt at
dblatt@michiganjewishsports.org or go
to www.michiganjewishsports.org .

Deadline Is Friday

Nominations for the 2013 induction
class of the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall
of Fame and Pillars of Excellence award
winners will be accepted until Friday,
March 15.
For criteria and nomination forms, go
to www.michiganjewishsports.org .
This year's Hall of Fame induc-
tion dinner is tentatively scheduled
for Monday, Oct. 21, at the Jewish
Community Center of Metropolitan
Detroit in West Bloomfield. Proceeds
benefit children's charities and the Hall
of Fame.
Founded in 1984, the Hall of Fame is
located at the JCC in West Bloomfield.

Down On The Farm

Now that the Detroit Tigers have
begun playing spring training games in
Florida, the real major league baseball
season isn't too far away.
There aren't any Jewish players on the
Tigers' roster, but there's one lurking in
the minor leagues hoping to get to the
big leagues someday.
Outfielder Ben Guez has spent five
years in the Tigers' minor league sys-
tem. He was with the Triple-A Toledo
Mud Hens for portions of the past two
He hit .278 with three homers and 32
RBIs in 95 games with the Mud Hens
in 2011. Last year, he hit .284 with six
homers and 37 RBIs in 82 games with
Guez was selected by the Tigers in
the 19th round of the 2008 draft after
playing collegiate baseball at William &

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