New Special Guests to come in 2019
At RSA, campers have the opportunity to learn about sports through our innovative special guests program. Not only do our campers get to meet and play with guest professional athletes, our program also recognizes that for so many young athletes their enthusiasm and love extends to all things sports-related, on and off the courts and fields. Our special guests program taps into that passion by providing campers with the chance to hear about the many facets of the business and world of sports from inspiring industry leaders. Campers have the opportunity to learn about sports and social media, fantasy sports, sports and data analytics, sports broadcasting, marketing and team ownership – all from guests who bring fun-filled and age-appropriate programs that excite and teach kids about a world they love.
In 2018 Ramah Sports Academy welcomed:
Amar’e Stoudemire played in the NBA from 2002 – 2016 for the Phoenix Suns, the New York Knicks, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Miami Heat. He was drafted 9th overall in the 2002 NBA draft and won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2003. He also made six appearances in the NBA All-Star Game, was a first-team All-NBA selection in 2007, and won a bronze medal with the United States national team at the 2004 Olympic Games. From 2016-2017 Amar’e moved to Jerusalem with his family as he joined the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team. Amar’e and the team took the Israeli Championship and he was voted MVP of the league. Now Amar’e is co-captain for the Tri-State basketball team in the Big3 summer league.
Bobby Valentine is a former MLB player and manager. He played for the Dodgers, Angels, Mets, and Mariners. He then went on to manage the Rangers, Mets, and the Red Sox. He is now the athletic director at Sacred Heart University and runs the Bobby Valentine Sports Academy, located in Stamford Connecticut.
WNBA Connecticut Sun
Some of the star players of the WNBA Connecticut Sun will be coming to camp this summer to work with our athletes, teach skills, and tell stories from the court.
Chef Danny Corsun
After working in film and television for 20 years, Chef Danny founded Culinary Kids Academy to help kids of all ages reach their potential through their hungry stomachs and minds. Through Culinary Kids Academy, Danny runs educational workshops on both secular and Jewish educational topics.
Michael Sweetney was drafted as the 9th overall pick in 2003 by the New York Knicks. Before his professional career, Michael played at Georgetown University. He was top ten in points, rebounds, and blocks for the University, despite only playing 3 years before declaring for the draft. After playing for the New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls, Michael went to play overseas.
Bonnie Eshel is a former cyclist and triathlete with 13 Israeli national titles to her name. Bonnie made aliyah after dabbling in triathlon in the US. After retiring from competitive cycling, Bonnie was elected President of the Israeli Cycling Federation and served for a 3-year term, during which time, for the first time ever, Israel hosted the European Mountain Bike championships.
Jonathan Fink is an award-winning Producer, Executive producer, and Coordinating Producer. Jonathan is currently a Coordinating Producer at ESPN working on the network’s flagship program SportsCenter. Jonathan has been with ESPN for 5 years where he has spent most of his time working on the 11 pm SportsCenter. He has traveled extensively. Jonathan has covered Super Bowl 50, the College Football National Championship, the NBA Playoffs, and College Basketball. He works closely with some of the most talented anchors, analysts, and producers in the country.
Other guests include:
- Jordan Sherman – Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Los Angeles Clippers
- David Feldman – Senior Director for Social Content for the NFL
- and more…