The Rutgers Court Club, founded in 1958, is the longest standing athletic support organization at the State University of New Jersey. Founded by former Scarlet Knight great and hall of famer, George Makaronis, the club and its membership have been vigilant in aiding the program it bolsters.
Started primarily as a fan club of sorts, Makaronis led its efforts as president for 30 seasons. Over the course of the decades that followed, others have had the honor of serving in that capacity have included Bob Bobick, John Pappas, Leonard Weissburg, Kay Volk, Robert Burzichelli, Bob Maloney, Cliff Smith, Michael Blecker, Richard Kelner, Elliott Sacks, Stephen Williams and Brian Kelley – many of which still remain active in the organization.
Over this half century, the Court Club has thrived due in large part to the willing participation of the head coach. Long-time members will recall William Foster, Tom Young, Bob Wenzel (assisted then by Court Club liaison Jeff Van Gundy), Kevin Bannon and Gary Waters graciously embracing their role as ambassador within the group.
Keeping the fans in touch with the program they love has always been the primary goal of the group. While there have been some bumps in the road over the years, the Court Club has always been the place to get that dose of “inside information” about Rutgers basketball. The past decades have seen scores of packed buses to away games, moving post-season awards banquets, the sponsoring of radio shows, open pre-season practices, thrilling auction events, and countless other chances for our membership to get closer to all the action of Rutgers basketball both on and off the floor.
The Court Club also has a rich, time honored tradition of lending a more tangible helping hand to the Scarlet Knights. Now in our 56th season, the Court Club has raised and contributed over $300,000 to Rutgers University and it’s men’s basketball program. Our membership dues and fundraising dollars have gone to endow scholarships, purchase goods to help further the academic endeavors of our student athletes, defray travel costs, bestow senior night award recognition, and help defer the costs of program-run youth basketball camps, among other worthy causes.
The Court Club intensely values its vibrant history of giving back to the program it so proudly supports. We thank all of those who have given of themselves this past half century plus for the betterment of our cause, and looks forward to at least that many more serving the needs of the Rutgers basketball community.
Court Club Executive Board
Elliott Sacks, President
Mike Kondrak, 1st Vice President
Jason Newcomb, 2nd Vice President
Daniel Morris, Treasurer
Steve Sabel, Secretary
Joe Levine, RU Foundation – Liaison