Danny Herz, Camp Director
Danny, who has called 6 Points Sports Academy his home since the inception of our camp in 2010, is known as a visionary in the field of Jewish Athletics. Danny’s strong desire is for the magic of 6 Points to impact every camper by having their Jewish identity strengthened while receiving elite coaching at camp.
Danny is a featured public speaker at many camp conferences around the world! Danny has given the keynote address at the JCAMP 180 conference at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA, The American Camp Association Conference, The Foundation for Jewish Camp Leaders Assembly, The Jewish Agency for Israel Seminar in Israel, and JumpSpark Atlanta events – just to name a few.
A native South African who has lived in the USA since the late 1980’s, Danny has been committed to Jewish sports since 1999 when he started volunteer coaching the JCC Maccabi Games, and has continued to be involved on both a local, national, and international level with the Games – including coaching basketball teams to medals in both Brazil and Israel. Danny’s involvement with Jewish sports then evolved into working with Jewish summer camps in 2002, when he started working at the JCC camp in Boca Raton, Florida.
Danny’s extensive basketball coaching career includes being the first coach in Broward County, Florida to coach a McDonald’s All-American, coaching the first team from the state of Florida to play on ESPN, and over 20 of his former student athletes continued their educational pursuits while playing NCAA basketball.
Danny is a proud educator and has served on the senior administrative team at Jewish schools in Southern California and in South Florida. His full time duties in education include having worked as a teacher, coach, dean of students and athletic director since 2001.
Danny earned his bachelors degree from the University of Florida (home of his beloved Gators) and his masters degree from Ohio University. Danny is a certified camp director by the American Camp Association (ACA), and is a certified athletic administrator (CAA) by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).
Danny’s goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for campers to continue building their Jewish identity as well as their athletic and personal development.
Hannah Ross, Assistant Camp Director
Hannah is thrilled to be a part of URJ 6 Points Sports Academy in a full time capacity after being a part of the community since its inaugural summer as a Counselor and Assistant Soccer Coach. It was during the first summer that Hannah was captured by the magic of camp and since then has had the privilege of watching her campers develop strong identities as Jewish athletes.
Hannah is originally from Sharon, MA where she grew up to be an avid New England sports fan. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies, she moved to Washington, D.C. to participate in Avodah’s Jewish Service Corps. There, she worked at a Latino resource center as an immigration paralegal, lived in a pluralistic, Jewish community with fellow Corps Members, and engaged in learning about the intricacies of domestic poverty. Most recently, Hannah worked in various D.C. Public Elementary Schools facilitating programing to raise awareness about global problems through physical activity and games.
In her spare time, Hannah plays in the Washington Area Women’s Soccer League—Go Boxers!—and loves to cook, bike, travel, and take advantage of all of the great things the Nation’s Capital has to offer!
Nina Goodhue, Assistant Camp Director
Since attending the inaugural summer of URJ 6 Points Sports Academy as a camper, Nina has grown into a counselor-in-training, counselor, a leadership team member and now is so excited to serve as an Assistant Director!
During her first summer at camp in 2010, Nina fell in love with being a Jewish athlete and brought that identity to her hometown of Brattleboro, Vermont. Nina played basketball, field hockey and softball in high school.
Nina moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University- Go Blue Demons!- where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and sports management. During her time at DePaul, Nina was a student manager for the men’s basketball team, working with coaches and players daily in an operational role.
Nina has been active in the URJ community working as a Residential Advisor at two NFTY Conventions and as a weekend counselor at URJ Camp Newman.
In her free time, Nina enjoys exploring Chicago, cycling and watching basketball!
Sam Shabsin, Assistant Camp Director
Sam is so excited to join the full-time team. Dating back to the first summer, Sam has grown from a camper, to a CIT, to a counselor, to a Unit Head, and now is thrilled to be an Assistant Director at 6 Points.
Sam fell in love with camp in the opening summer of camp and has not missed a summer at The 6. During his time on the baseball field, Sam developed a great relationship with the game as well as his coaches and teammates that stepped foot on the diamond with him.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Sam grew up as an avid St. Louis sports fan with a strong passion for the Cardinals and the Blues. In High School, Sam played varsity soccer and baseball for four years and credits a lot of his on-the-field success to his training from 6 Points.
Sam graduated from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!) with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish as well as minors in education and history and an enormous love for KU basketball.
Sam attended the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone Fellowship in 2017 where his passion for camp grew even larger. He and his peers worked closely with members of other Jewish camps to make 6 Points as special as it can be.
In his free time, Sam loves playing pick-up basketball, spending time with friends and family, and watching his favorite sports teams play.