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‘Sir Charles’ to keynote JCC Sports Award Dinner


76ers legend Charles Barkley will be featured at the Sixth Annual JCC Sports Award Dinner on Sept. 26. Photo by John Nowak. 76ers legend Charles Barkley will be featured at the Sixth Annual JCC Sports Award Dinner on Sept. 26. Photo by John Nowak. Charles Barkley, former Philadelphia 76ers player and NBA Hall of Famer, will be the keynote speaker at the Katz JCC in Cherry Hill’s Sixth Annual Sports Award Dinner, presented by NFI and the Ravitz Family Foundation, on Monday, Sept. 26.

“Charles Barkley is a Philadelphia sports icon and national broadcaster, and we are elated to welcome him to Cherry Hill to speak about his experiences and impact on the sports world during his time at Auburn University, in the Olympics, and in the NBA,” said Jeff Brown, event co-chair and representing presenting sponsor NFI.

“We are also thrilled to be honoring four extremely deserving individuals for their contributions to athletics in our community,” added Jason Ravitz, event co-chair and representing presenting sponsor The Ravitz Family Foundation.

Barkley joins the ranks of past keynote speakers, including Donovan McNabb, Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, Aly Raisman, LeSean McCoy, and Chip Kelly.

The JCC Sports Award Dinner is open to the public and recognizes community leaders who serve as positive role models to children, teens, and adults in South Jersey. Barkley will speak about the inspiring impact that sports has had on his life and share some stories of his favorite moments in his career. In addition, the event will honor four local Jewish community members who have made an impact in sports.

Sam Jacobs is the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Jacobs is a former JCC board member and coached youth basketball for the Katz JCC’s Sun National Bank Junior Maccabi Basketball League as well as Team South Jersey’s basketball teams that compete in the JCC Maccabi Games and Mid- Atlantic Junior Maccabi Games. He was a four-year player for the Cornell University men’s basketball team and is a member of both the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame and SJ Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jake Silpe is the recipient of this year’s Emerging Leadership Award. Silpe, who played varsity basketball of Cherry Hill High School East, was a member of the Team South Jersey boy’s basketball team and the recipient of the West Point Society’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award. Silpe is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a starting guard on the men’s basketball team.

This year’s David Back Memorial Maccabi Award recipient is David Golkow, who competed in the JCC Maccabi Games with Team South Jersey. He is the founder and past president of Athletes Against Bullying, which encourages student athletes at Cherry Hill High School East to promote anti-bullying messages throughout their school and community. He is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania.

The People’s Choice Award, given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to sports within the local Jewish community, is Bruce Apple, a long time JCC member, past JCC board member, and former Team South Jersey coach for the JCC Maccabi Games. He is the national co-chair for USA Maccabi Golf and served as the head trainer for the USA Maccabiah Basketball Team.

The JCC Sports Award Dinner will begin at 5:45 p.m., and includes dinner and dessert and a sports memorabilia auction in addition to Barkley’s keynote address and awards to the four honorees. General admission tickets are $100, and patron ticket packages with reserved seating are also available.

Proceeds from the Sports Award Dinner will provide financial assistance and services for children of all ages and abilities. Services include youth sports leagues, nutrition counseling, wellness classes, obesity prevention and adaptive fitness and aquatics programs for those with special needs.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.katzjcc.org or call Nancy Caporusso at (856) 424-4444, ext. 1267. 

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