Friday, September 20, 2019

The Jewish Link of New Jersey and Teaneck Doghouse would like to recognize 10-year-old David Itzhaki as this week’s Sportstar of the Week. The fourth grader at the Moriah School of Englewood recently completed a terrific season for the MGBL Coolkippahs team. When asked about Itzhaki, Coolkippahs coach Saul Stepner told the JLNJ, “He has been a great asset to our team for both his play and also his support of teammates. I can recall times when a teammate felt bad about something they did in a game and David was there to tell them that it’s OK and not to worry about it. Just an overall positive attitude which is something we try to teach in MGBL. “

David, congrats on another great season. who is your role model and why?

My role model is Klay Thompson from the Golden State Warriors. I look up to him because I want to play basketball like him and make shots like him.

What is your favorite sport?

My favorite sport is basketball!

What is your greatest accomplishment?

One of my greatest accomplishments was playing well in my CMEK championship game and winning!

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

My favorite athlete is James Harden from the Houston Rockets. I like him because he is on my favorite team, is a great basketball player and can hit 3s and make shots from anywhere.

What is your pregame routine, if you have one?

My pregame routine is to practice with my brother Jonathan Itzhaki. We usually have a one on one and he gives me advice about how I should play during the game.

What is your earliest sports memory?

My earliest sports memory is when I made my first shot in a CMEK game when I was in second grade.

What is your coolest sports memory?

My coolest sports memory is when I went to a basketball game and Ron Baker who uses to play on the New York Knicks took out his basketball shoes signed them and threw them to my brother and me.

What is your favorite sports memory?

My favorite sports memory is when I played an MGBL game and I was two rebounds away from getting a triple double.

What is your favorite thing to do when you are not playing sports?

When I am not playing sports I play Fortnite.

What is the best thing about being a Sportstar?

The best thing about being a Sportstar is other people getting to know me and for me to share and talk about my basketball life.

The Teaneck Doghouse Sportstar of the Week will receive a $15 gift at the Teaneck Doghouse. Please send nominees for an upcoming Jewish Link of New Jersey and Teaneck Doghouse Sportstar of the Week to [email protected].