Tamir Goodman, the Orthodox Jewish teenager whose non-binding basketball scholarship offer from the University of Maryland drew national attention, has transferred to Takoma Academy, a Seventh-Day Adventist private school in Takoma Park, his father confirmed today.
Karl Goodman said his 17-year-old son will play basketball at Takoma Academy for his senior year after looking at a number of schools since announcing his intention to transfer from Talmudical Academy, a small Jewish private school in Baltimore.
"I think [Takoma Academy] was a perfect match," Karl Goodman said, "because it answers his academic concerns, it answers his religious concerns and it for sure answers his basketball concerns. . . . I don't think he can play Division 3 and Division 4 high school basketball anymore."
Seventh-Day Adventists observe a Sabbath day similar to the one observed by Orthodox Jews -- sundown Friday to sundown Saturday -- and Takoma Academy does not have any activities during that time. That eliminates what had been one of Goodman's biggest problems in finding another school. His religious beliefs prevent him from playing on the Sabbath.
Goodman and his family looked at public and private schools in the Baltimore-Washington area, but many of those schools often play games on Friday nights. Pikesville and City College were two of the public schools he considered while DeMatha, McDonogh and Beth T'filoh were among the private schools he considered. Goodman is in Israel until late next week and was unavailable to comment.
Interest in Goodman increased dramatically last season after Maryland's scholarship offer became public. (The offer remains non-binding until Maryland delivers, and Goodman signs, a national letter-of-intent -- something that cannot occur until at least November.) Talmudical Academy subsequently moved some games to college gyms last season -- and drew capacity crowds.
In addition to alleviating Goodman's basketball concerns, Takoma Academy also will not require him to take any Christian-based classes. Instead, he will go to a nearby Jewish day school to study. Karl Goodman said the family will not identify that school.
"He was fortunate enough to run into an institution like Takoma," Goodman said. "They were nice enough to accommodate him as far as his religious courses."