For many gym rats, a weekend basketball tournament is a way of life.
But for some, it’s a chance to give back while staying in shape with a competitive edge.
Yavneh Academy’s Students Against Terrorism hosts its 14th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Sunday, April 17. The registration deadline is April 10.
Risa Mond, senior co-president along with Steve Levine, has been involved with Students Against Terrorism since her freshman year.
“I’ve seen growth, for sure. Of course every year there’s amazing people in the organization. This year I’ve really seen younger kids step up and take on roles.”
Students Against Terrorism uses the funds from the 3-on-3 tournament to benefit one organization each year.
Last year, the group donated $44,000 for Camp Koby, a sleep-away summer camp in Israel for victims of terror and their families. SAT raised $14,000 on the day of the tournament.
According to the group’s website, SAT has raised more than $514,000 since its inception.
This year, funds go to OneFamily Together, a Israeli national organization that rehabilitates, reintegrates and rebuilds lives of thousands of victims of terror attacks, according to the group’s website.
Last year, 55 teams participated in the basketball tournament. Mond is hoping for a higher turnout this year.
“We have a good amount of teams already signed up,” she said. “It would be amazing if we could have 70 teams.”
The categories are split: young competitors (first-second, third-fourth and fifth-sixth grades), young adult (seventh-eighth grades, high school) and adult/special. Each team must donate $200 to participate.
For more information or to sign up, go online to studentsagainstterrorism.org.