January 25, 2015, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Congregation Beth El
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Be sure to bring your family to meet local athletes and sports celebrities. The evening will feature stadium-style food and athletes on hand for photos and autographs. There will also be a silent auction featuring a wide range of sports memorabilia.
Co-chairing the event for the second time are Robin Lerner and Joe Hoffman.
Wear your team jersey and don’t forget your camera.
Emcee: Rob Carlin
Rob Carlin and co-emcee Joe Beninati are returning to host Sports Night once again. Rob Carlin has been an integral part of Comcast SportsNet’s comprehensive regional sports coverage since joining the network in October 2011.
Carlin serves as an anchor and reporter for SportsNet Central, the network’s daily news show. He also contributes to the network’s marquee pre- and post-game shows as a reporter for Redskins Kickoff and Redskins Postgame Live and as a host for Capitals Central and Capitals Postgame Live.
Emcee: Joe Beninati
Joe Beninati and co-emcee Rob Carlin are returning to host Sports Night once again.
A seven-time Capital Region Emmy Award winner, Beninati also regularly provides play-by-play for Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of college sports, including football and basketball, and serves as the network’s announcer for its coverage of the Washington Kastles of WorldTeam Tennis.
Joe Beninati was recently named the 2015 D.C. Sportscaster of the Year by NSSA SportsMedia.
Tyrod Taylor, from Hampton, Virginia, played collegiate ball at Virginia Tech, passing for 7,017 yards and 44 touchdowns. Tyrod’s senior year in college was marked by an 11 game winning streak, and honors as ACC Player of the Year and ACC Championship Game MVP. He was drafted in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2011 NFL Draft, and has since earned a Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl XLVII, while serving as a solid backup to starter Joe Flacco. Tyrod is a high school basketball legend in Virginia, due in part to his highly-acclaimed vertical leap — with just a two-step lead, Taylor can easily jump over a five foot tall person.
| Terry Hanratty
Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers (1969-1975)
Terry Hanratty played quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1960s and 1970s, where he was then-new coach Chuck Noll’s second ever draft pick, right behind first round pick Mean Joe Greene. Hanratty took over as the starting quarterback mid-way through his rookie season, and ultimately won two Super Bowl championships as a member of the Pittsburgh team that went on to be one of pro football’s dynasties. Prior to being drafted in the 1969 NFL draft, Hanratty was the starting quarterback for three years at Notre Dame, where he led the Fighting Irish to the 1966 national championship, was a two-time All American, and won the Sammy Baugh Trophy in 1967 as the country’s top collegiate passer. Hanratty appeared on the covers of Time magazine and Sports Illustrated in 1966 before going on to a pro career with the Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from which he retired in 1976. Hanratty worked on Wall Street as a stock broker following his NFL career, and he now works for a hedge fund near his home in Stamford, Connecticut. Hanratty also spends time following his son who is an offensive lineman on Notre Dame’s football team, as well as his daughter’s softball and basketball teams.
Luca and Gigi Becker
Luca and Gigi Becker are Winter Olympic ice skating hopefuls in 2018, as the 2012 United States Intermediate Ice Dance Champions and the 2014 Novice Ice Dance Championships. They are the youngest team in the history of the sport to have qualified and competed at the Novice and Junior level. Luca and Gigi represent the United States Figure Skating Developmental Team as part of Team USA. Luca is a 9th grader at JDS and Gigi is a 7th grader at JDS. They skate 6 days a week for between 2 to 4 hours and have additional off ice training 7 days a week. The siblings began their education at the Gan at Adas Israel and are both graduates of the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital. When not skating, Gigi and Luca are regular kids who enjoy biking, hiking and hanging out with their friends.
Former DeMatha standout Tim Strachan is in his 19th season and begins his fourth year of joining Johnny Holliday in the University of Maryland football broadcast booth. Strachan, a 1999 graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in communication, was paralyzed in a swimming accident before his senior year in high school and joined the Maryland football program as a student assistant coach from 1996-99. Strachan is a professional motivational speaker and was named the 1999 Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine.
Yael Averbuch grew up in Montclair, NJ and by the time she was nine she knew she wanted to be a professional soccer player… with her ultimate goal to play for the University of North Carolina and the U. S. Women’s National Team.
In 2005, Yael began her college career – and achieved the first part of her long-time goal: she began her college career at The University of North Carolina (UNC). She finished college and began her inaugural season of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS). She was drafted to Sky Blue FC, based in her home state of New Jersey, and played for the team for the first two seasons. In the 2011 season, she signed with the Western NY Flash.
Since then she has played for professional teams in both Russia and most recently in Sweden for Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC.
Midfielder, Maryland Terrapins Men’s Soccer
Mael Corboz was the top scorer on the University of Maryland’s Big Ten championship team in 2014, leading his team to the NCAA tournament; it was the first championship for any Maryland sports program since switching to the Big Ten conference. Mael, a junior studying mechanical engineering, is a midfielder who scored 10 goals and 23 points in the Terps’ 2014 campaign. Included in those totals were five game winning goals, and two goals against third-ranked Penn State. Mael was born in Alabama, grew up in New Jersey, and attended Rutgers University for the first two years of his collegiate career. Mael hails from a soccer family, as two sisters, Rachel and Daphne, play for Georgetown’s women’s soccer team.
| Scott McBrien
Quarterback, UM Terrapins (2002-2003)
Local star Scott McBrien quarterbacked the University of Maryland Terrapin football team in the 2002 and 2003 campaigns. In high school, Scott led DeMatha Catholic High School to a perfect 1999 season, earning Washington Post All-Met honors and 13th place in USA Today’s national ranking. Scott’s accomplishments at Maryland included 2003 Peach Bowl MVP honors, and a 2004 Gator Bowl win against West Virginia where he threw for 381 yards and 3 touchdowns, earning MVP game honors; that season also included a victory over a Philip Rivers-led North Carolina State team. After graduating from Maryland, Scott signed as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers where he backed-up Brett Favre. He later played with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. These days, Scott heads up the Scott McBrien Passing Academy, an elite quarterback performance camp in Rockville, where he helps quarterbacks take the “Next Step” in their athletic development by hosting quarterback camps and training programs. He has done sideline reporting for Terrapin football broadcasts, and provided color commentary this past season for Big Ten Network football games.