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Kamil Selected for Sportsmanship Award

Michael Kamil of Holmdel, NJ has been selected to receive the Sidney H. Lazard Jr. Sportsmanship Award for 2012. Kamil credits his first partner, his mother, with developing his love of the game and teaching him that every hand is an adventure. Together they won several New York area regionals and captured the 1980 Las Vegas NABC Flight B Mixed Pairs. Since Las Vegas, Kamil has won six NABC titles, including the 2011 Vanderbilt Knockout Teams.

Kamil modestly confesses a ‘modicum of success with each of his partners’ (including Mike Moss, Mike Becker, Christal Henner-Welland and Marty Fleisher) but only a deep-rooted love of bridge could have evoked the words ‘I love playing regardless of partner’s or teammates’ abilities.’

The Sportsman Award was established by Sidney Lazard in honor of his son, Sidney, Jr., who died in 1999 at the age of 41 after a year-long battle with cancer. Administered by the ACBL Educational Foundation, the award is given annually to a top-level player, one who has scored a high-level finish in a major national contest. According to Lazard, the object of the award is to “enhance sportsmanship among top players and to salute those who try to win with class and dignity.”

For a full story on Kamil, see the March issue of the Bridge Bulletin.

Michael Kamil