Congratulations To The Maimonides School Mcats

Girls & Boys

Champions of The 2018-2019 Maimonides School Invitational Basketball Tournament In Memory Of Leland Gelman

About the Maimonides School Invitational Basketball Tournament in Memory of Leland Gelman

The Maimonides Invitational Basketball Tournament is about much more than basketball. It is an opportunity for students, teachers, families and alumni to coalesce in spirit behind our students.  It is a warm, memorable Shabbat experience for participants and the school community.  And it is a model for all on blending intense play on the court with examples of middot including sportsmanship, humility and respect.

It is a fitting tribute to have this tournament named after Leland, a Maimonides School alum (Class of 1982), as Maimonides and team sports meant so much to him. We are very appreciative of the Gelman Family's support in honoring Leland's memory this way. 



Dear participants in this year’s Maimonides School Invitational Basketball Tournament in Memory of Leland Gelman,

          I want to wish you a very warm welcome to our School and community! Our schoolwide theme of the year is kehillah / community. So, it is in this spirit that we welcome all of you from near and far to join us for this tournament and Shabbaton as an extended community. It is our privilege and pleasure to host you!

Our recent celebration of Chanukah offers wonderful analogies to the spirit of our tournament together. Just like the Maccabees against the Greeks, players must face fears, rise to the challenge, and execute the game plan. The Maccabees and the Chanukah miracle are stories about resilience, grit, hope, and redemption. They are also about believing in yourself, respecting your coaches and opponents, trusting in your preparation, and finding special reserves when you don’t think they are there. As athletes you all know what it means to leave it all on the court, to try your best and keep pushing until the buzzer, to trust in the hard work and determination you put in to your practices. With the right strategy, effective effort, and a little Tefillah, B'ezrat Hashem you will all find your own hard-earned success both on and off the court.

We are sincerely looking forward to sharing this tournament and Shabbaton with you. Through all our efforts we can all grow as athletes, as bnei and bnot Torah, and as a kehillah / community.     

Scott Mattoon, Chief Executive Officer


"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them.
But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.
Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
- Michael Jordan

Catch the Action Online

Videos of all of this year's games can be found online.  Check out tournament photos on our Facebook site.