Name: Spencer Weisz
College: University of Princeton
Professional Team: Israeli League, Hapoel Gilboa Galil
2014- 2015 Ivy League Rookie of the Year
2016- 2017 Ivy League Player of the Year
I first had the pleasure of being taught by Ray Abellard while attending Brant Lake Camp in upstate New York. Right away, I could see his precision to detail and the importance of sharpening my focus to get the best out of everything we did together on the court. Throughout all of our workouts, he was challenging me to push myself to limits I did not know I was capable of obtaining, but all the while, he was encouraging and supportive. He stressed to me the important of being consistent with my training. Success doesn’t happen overnight but is a continuous process that is achieved over a long period of time. Finally, the ability to visualize success is one of my main takeaways from Ray. To this day prior to games, I go over in my head different scenarios I might find myself in and visualize a successful outcome over and over again whether it’s making the right pass, seeing the ball go in the hoop, beating the offensive player to a spot on defense, etc. Basketball aside, Ray is a great person willing to help young student athletes strive to accomplish their dreams. Fortunately, I was able to learn under Ray and now can say I will fulfill dream of playing professional basketball in Israel this upcoming year.
On October 30th, 2016, Ray Abellard, Director of A&M Sports Academy/Co-Founder of Clean Hands for Haiti went to Haiti for Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts to support the community of Anseaveau which were one of the towns that was destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. Food was distributed to over 150 homes such as: (rice, cooking oil, spaghetti, and canned Salmon). In addition, we also provided enough food and resources for the 18 sponsored Haitian students and their families for the year. This small gesture will help our students to stay focus in their school work and to continue perform academically at a high level in the classroom. With the community destroyed by the events of Hurricane Matthew, Ray and many of the CLH helpers, students, and community cleaned and picked up garbage around the area; living the community with a sense of relieve and cleanliness.
Medical Supplies were also handed out to the families in need.
Special Thanks to: Columbia Prep School, Riverdale Country School, Hunter Ambulance, and to the numerous families who helped us with this journey.
27.5lbs of rice, 4 cooking oil, and 8 spaghetti given to 0ver 150 homes.
Anseaveau, Haiti (one of the towns devastated by Hurricane Matthew)
Community gets involve to clean up(Medical supplies put to use)
Mothers, fathers, neighbors, and CLH students learn at first hand what it means to take care of their community.
Food is stored in the Community Center.
Every month, each child will take home (27.5 lbs of rice, 8 spaghetti, 4 cooking oil, and 2 canned Salmon) for the next 12 months
After the cleanup.
We’re in the middle of the season for our 6th grade and 9th/U travel team and it has been a success so far with the development of our players. In the very near future, both teams will participate in the Brewer Regional Division III and Rumble in the Bronx tournament.
We are excited to introduce our new coach/fitness trainer to our program. Jessen Cadet is a Strength and Conditioning fitness trainer with certification in NCCPT. Jessen currently works at Crunch Gym and is ranked amongst the best trainers in the city. Jessen will help take A&M and the student-athletes involved game to another level. Jessen played Varsity basketball with Ray Abellard while at Erasmus High school.
On May 16th, 2015, David Wander, Partner of Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, will be participating in the 150 mile “Ride to Montauk” bike ride, from Manhattan to the Montauk Lighthouse. David is using this event to raise money for the A&M Sports Academy’s “Clean Hands for Haiti” Program.
Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the Americas. The extreme poverty effects every area of life, from childhood malnourishment to reduced life expectancy, from illiteracy to high unemployment. Life is harsh and opportunities are few.
Since 2010, Ray Abellard and Andre Murray, co-founders and directors of A&M Sports Academy, a 501(c)(3) organization, have been going to Haiti and “giving back” to the youth with a basketball centered program that provides much more. Via Clean Hands for Haiti, A&M provides educational scholarships and basic social services to 15 Haitian students to attend school in Haiti. Also, through its annual basketball clinics in the towns of Hinche and Port Au Prince, A&M provides school supplies, clothing and shoes to some 100 kids. Last year at its annual clinics, A&M provided free health screenings and medical check-ups to the children who participated. This coming year, A&M will continue with its annual basketball clinics and provide school supplies and clothing to its participants. But to further help the children of Haiti, A&M is partnering with CitiDental Group to also provide free dental cleanings, emergency dental care, and an Oral Hygiene Everyday Care Seminar to those who participate in the basketball clinics and to the 15 Haitian students it sponsors. All of the funds A&M receives for Clean Hands for Haiti will support the aforementioned services it currently provides. The funds will also become the seed money to increase the number of Haitian students it sponsors, and to also establish a free and safe community based tutorial center for the A&M sponsored students, with hopes of partnering with local schools to open up the free services to their students.
A&M’s goal “is to give the kids a reason to smile and have hope, and to learn that through four key tenets: grit, determination, respect and confidence, they’ll have a chance to make something of their lives.”
To learn more about Clean Hands for Haiti go to www.anmsportsacademy.com and for a full documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR1uc7pEGzA&feature=youtu.be
Please support “Clean Hands for Haiti” by sponsoring my ride.
25¢ a mile = $37.50
50¢ a mile = $75
$1.00 a mile =$150
$2.00 a mile = $300
Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated—every dollar counts! www.gofundme.com/davidsridetomntk
Or send me a check payable to “A&M Sports Academy c/o David Wander, Esq., Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, 605 Third Avenue, NY, NY 10158