BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- For the past 31 years, the Ted Jasieniecki Alumni Basketball Game has been played in Ted's honor. Unfortunately this year, due to Covid-19 the game will not be able to be played as it normally has been.
This year instead of participating in the 32nd Annual Alumni Game, the Bloomfield Educational Foundation is seeking participants, whether they are Bloomfield High School Alumni or not, who would be willing to contribute to a great cause in participating in the Bloomfield Educational Foundation's Free Throw Challenge. All donations will go towards the Ted Jasienicki Scholarship Fund.
Since 1987 this scholarship has been given to a graduating Bloomfield High School male and female basketball player who excels on the court, in the classroom and who displays civic pride. To date, the Bloomfield Educational Foundation has awarded over $130,000.
The Bloomfield Educational Foundation is a charitable 501c-3 established in 1999 and since that time we have donated nearly 1.2 million dollars back to the students of the Bloomfield Public School District. To find out more about the BEF and their mission please visit www.bloomfieldeducationalfoundation.org
Not only was Ted remembered as one of Bloomfield High School's greatest basketball players, he was also known for his diligence in the classroom and volunteerism within his hometown.
Ted was a Bloomfield kid who grew up on James Street in a three family house that his grandfather built. Ted was like most other Bloomfield boys. He loved hanging out with his friends and loved to play sports especially football, baseball and basketball. He would play organized games in the school leagues and CYO church leagues. When he wasn’t playing organized ball, he would play pick-up games in the local parks.
In 1964 Ted entered into BHS and made an immediate impact both on the field of play and in the classroom. Ted worked his way into the starting lineup as a sophomore on the Varsity squad and was the third leading scorer with 311 points helping his team to becoming the Big 10 Co-Champs, North Jersey Group IV champs and runner-up in the state tournament. Ted’s leadership quality shined even as a sophomore and was made captain in his Junior and Senior year. It was the first time in the school’s basketball history that a player was named captain for 2 years. He went on to have a tremendous basketball career reaching the 1,000 point threshold in just three years. By his senior year he had received numerous all league, county and state awards and was recognized as one of the premier players in New Jersey.
After his time at Bloomfield high School was over, Ted decided to continue his academic and athletic career at Rutgers University. As a freshman Ted played for Jimmy Valvano, on the freshman team and worked hard to ultimately become starter in his last two seasons at Rutgers. He had a fine playing career at Rutgers and still to this day ranks 7th all time at Rutgers in field goal percentage shooting over 52% from the field.
Again Ted not only excelled in sports while attending Rutgers, he was a diligent student earning Dean’s List status on many occasions and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1971. Ted’s passion for learning continued at Rutgers Law School where he graduated with a Law Degree in 1974.
Although Ted’s future law career could have led him to anywhere he wanted to go, there was no place like home. Ted started at a local law firm and soon after started his own practice. He later served as the Essex County Prosecutor and as Bloomfield’s Town Attorney.
Throughout his professional career Ted always had great civic pride and spent most of his free time giving back to his hometown of Bloomfield. He was an active member of the Bloomfield Lions Club and Bloomfield Rotary Club. He volunteered as a coach for the weekend recreation basketball league as well as the youth weekend program. He believed that giving back to his community was a way of giving thanks for the opportunities he had growing up in Bloomfield.
Unfortunately Ted was battling cancer and ultimately passed away in November 1987 at the young age of 38. After Ted’s untimely death a sizable donation was made and the Theodore Jasieniecki Memorial Scholarship was formed.
“Like most fundraising organizations during the pandemic, the Bloomfield Educational Foundation had to develop new and creative ways to generate donations to support their cause. The Annual Ted Jasieniecki Alumni Basketball Game is something everyone looks forward to each year. While not the optimal scenario I’m confident that our supporters will accept the Free Throw Challenge as an alternate to the game. All donations are tax-deductible and it’s a great way to give back to your community and carry on Ted’s legacy.” Michael Sceurman, Alumni Game Committee Chairman.
From the Bloomfield Educational Foundation:
We ask that all donations be submitted by Monday, January 11TH by mailing them to Bloomfield Educational Foundation , PO Box 1358, Bloom field, NJ 07003 (ONLY CHECK OR MONEY ORDERS) Or via PAYPAL AT INFO@BLOOMFIELDEDUCATIONALFOUNDATION.ORG
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not have the 32nd playing of the Ted Jasieniecki Alumni Basketball Game but donations are still needed!