Jerry Robzen

About This Inductee

As a youngster, Jerry learned to play and appreciate the game of basketball at the Jewish Community Center in Wilkes-Barre and as a little league player in the Kingston district. Jerry played two years at the Kingston High School followed by two memorable years starring at Meyers High School where he captained the team, became All-Scholastic for each of the two years, and earned All-State honorable-mention in his senior year. Jerry was offered many college scholarships but had to decline all because of family commitment. He played on the championship team for the Jewish Community Center which took the Middle-Atlantic championship and which would lead to the Maccabiah Games in Israel. He coached basketball at St. Therese’s Church, and the Senior team at the Jewish Community Center. Jerry served in Korea during the war; and, after the truce was signed, Jerry captained the Regimental basketball team which took the Far East Command Championship played in the Philippines. After his honorable discharge, Jerry was asked by coach Eddie White to play for the Wilkes-Barre Barons basketball team, but once again had to decline. He played semiprofessional basketball for the Wilkes-Barre Meat Cutters which was the league preceding the W-B Barons and took the championship in its Industrial League. Jerry owned and operated Robzen’s Meatpacking Company and has since retired and resides with his wife, Hannah, in Kingston. They are the parents of three: Kevin, Kimberly and Lee.