Columbus Baseball Invitational Is Coming!
Columbus Torah Academy (CTA) is excited to host the seventh annual Columbus Baseball Invitational (CBI) May 19-22. Billed as the “Jewish World Series”, this is the only one of its kind baseball tournament for Jewish Day Schools.
“There is no other event anywhere else in the United States that unites the Jewish community in an arena of fellowship, healthy competition, and love of the Baseball,” remarked Bob Lane and Jonathan Hartstein, CBI Co-Commissioners.
The tournament will be held at the Jewish Community Center and Wolfe Park in Bexley. This year’s event is the largest ever with an 11-team field featuring the following schools:
Columbus Torah Academy Lions, Fuchs Mizrachi Mayhem (Cleveland), Frisch Cougars (Paramus, NJ), Ida Crown Jewish Academy Aces (Chicago), Heschel Heat (NY, NY), Kushner Cobras (Livingston, NJ), Martha Stern Talmudical Academy Lions (NY, NY), SAR Academy (NY, NY), Torah Academy of Bergen County Storm, (Teaneck, NJ), Yeshiva University of Los Angeles (Los Angeles)
Games commence on Thursday, May 19th at 3pm and continue into the evening. CTA is scheduled to play at 5:30pm. Friday, games start at 8am and play is continued throughout the day, concluding at 5pm. Saturday, May 21 after Shabbat, a late-game will be held at the JCC at 10pm. The tournament winds up at Sunday, May 22 with final rounds beginning at 9:30am and at Noon with the Championship game. For a complete schedule, please visit www. columbusinvitational.com
Concessions will be available during the tournament, featuring the world famous Romanian Hot Dogs from Chicago and variety of Kosher Snacks.
Players are housed in dormitories at Capital University, and kosher meals are catered by the Beth Jacob Food Services, the JCC and CTA. Nationwide Children’s Hospital will provide medical coverage with an Athletic Trainer.
Teams will pause from baseball during Shabbat with a full range of programming. Friday evening, Beth Jacob Synagogue will host all of the participants for evening services and a catered Shabbat dinner. Saturday, the teams will be divided into three groups and spend Saturday morning services at three synagogues: Ahavas Sholom, Beth Jacob and Torat Emet. Shabbat will conclude with Torat Emet hosting all of the teams with evening services and dinner.
“The event is very special for CTA, it brings our school community together in support of our kids and broadens our connection to the larger Columbus and national Jewish community,” remarked Rabbi Samuel Levine, Head of School. “The unique feature of this tournament is the Shabbaton experience. This allows boys from all across the country a chance to celebrate Shabbat together and share in fellowship, reflection, and develop friendships apart from baseball.” Levine stated.
“Students that might otherwise have been cut by the team at a larger school, have the chance to play at CTA and maybe even shine athletically. CTA offers three seasons of sports. Participating in team sports teaches life skills, but it also builds communities,” explained Athletic Director, Matt Bailey.
For more information, go to the Tournament’s official website for schedule and score updates atwww.columbusinvitational.com.
We welcome the entire community to come out and cheer on the CTA Lions!
We are still looking for volunteers for the 2016 Columbus Baseball Invitational ranging from Concession Stand (Griller, Clerks), to Food Servers and Monitors, and Drivers and help with Shabbat Activities and Meals. As the events are over a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, there will be much needed help all days. To volunteer, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.