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Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is pleased to announce its first Sports Night of Champions, which will raise valuable funds to support scholarships at the JCC. The evening will feature an elegant strolling dinner and dessert reception followed by a special keynote address by Phil Simms, two-time NFL Super Bowl Champion and MVP in Super Bowl XXI, along with his son, Chris, who is a nationally celebrated NBC football commentator.

The evening will also honor Joseph Taub with the Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize the tremendous impact he has made on underserved youth in the area of athletics. An avid philanthropist, he will be acknowledged for his tireless efforts to improve the lives of individuals, from providing scholarship assistance to at-risk youth to creating an after-school basketball league as a safe haven for students in the Paterson Public School District. Joseph Taub is also the former co-owner of the New Jersey Nets and a founder of Automatic Data Processing (ADP).

“We are proud to call Joseph Taub a dear friend,” says JCC CEO Jordan Shenker. “We commend him for the long-lasting impact he has made on our JCC, our community and in the sports arena, where he has made dreams of a better life possible for countless youth. It is a privilege to honor him at our first annual Sports Night that is so closely connected to his love of sports and his desire to do for others.”

To add to the night’s celebration, the JCC will present its first Scholar Athlete Award to one female and one male high school senior who are Bergen County residents. Recipients will be awarded $3,600 each in college scholarship money to recognize their excellence on their sports teams, in school and in their communities. For further information on judging criteria, eligibility and to apply, please visit jccotp.org/athleteawards. For further details, including VIP sponsorship opportunities and tickets, visit jccotp.org/sportsnight or call Michal Kleiman at 201.408.1412.