Lawrence, N.Y. – The Jewish Sports Heritage Association (JSHA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the role Jewish men and women have played, and continue to play, in the world of sports, has announced the recipients of the 2O20 Jay Fiedler Outstanding Jewish College Athlete of the Year Awards.
Among the four recipients is Amherst College junior Hannah Fox, selected for her contributions to the Mammoth's women's basketball team.
Fox has helped lead the Mammoths to two national championships (2017 & '18), and this season she averaged 16.3 ppg, on 43.7% FG and 34.1% from three-point land. As a 5'7" guard, she averaged more than 6.0 rebounds per game. Fox lead the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with 88.2% from the free throw line.
On December 28, 2018, Fox broke the program single game scoring record with 43 points and 19 field goals made. Fox was a 2018-'19 NESCAC Second Team selection and D3Hoops.com All Northeast Region Second Team honoree and a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America Honorable Mention.
Fox was recently named an All-American by the Jewish Sports Review (JSR) for the second consecutive year. She is also a member of Amherst women's lacrosse, and helped the Mammoths to a 14-6 record and an NCAA quarterfinals appearance. She scored 26 goals and added 12 assists in 16 games this year for the Mammoths, while also winning 55 draw controls and causing 20 turnovers.
The other female award winner was Sylive Binder, sophomore foil fencer from Columbia University. The male recipients are Adam Fox (no relation), junior hockey defenseman from Harvard University and Gabriel Leifer, junior basketball player from Yeshiva.
Binder finished the regular season with a record of 42-3, and earned gold in Women's Foil at the lvy League Championships (2018 &'19). She was lvy League Team Champion and first Team All-lvy (2018 &'19). Sylvie was crowned Women's Foil Champion at the NCAA National Championships with a tournament record of 19-3 and is a two-time First Team All-American.
Adam Fox had a historic season for Harvard as one of the top blue liners in the nation. He was an AHCA/CCM First Team All-American and a Hobey Baker Award Hat Trick finalist. Fox was the 2019 Walter Brown Award winner, the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year and the lvy League player of the Year as the top scoring defenseman (per game), in the country with 1.45 ppg. Adam is currently a defenseman for the New York Rangers of the NHL.
Gabriel Leifer became the first Yeshiva University player all-time to be named a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-American. He was named Skyline player of the Year for 2018-19 and also became the first player in program history to be selected D3Hoops.com All-Atlantic First Team and All-Met First Team. Gabriel has averaged 17.8 ppg and 11.6 rpg over his YU career.
'These four young men and women are remarkable examples of true student-athletes," said Alan Freedman, Director, Jewish Sports Heritage Association, "and we are very proud to be honoring them and recognizing their accomplishments."
The induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 25, 2020, at Temple lsrael of Lawrence, Lawrence, N.Y.
For more information please contact Alan Freedman at (516) 239-1140, or via email at alan.freedman@til ny.org.