Friday, 10 September 2010 00:00
The 2010 Maccabi Games were a great success this summer for the Sid Jacobson JCC as Westbury resident Michael Schwitzer took home the gold medal for boys 13/14 doubles tennis. Taking place in Omaha, Nebraska this year, the local delegation took home medals in every sport which they took part in. The five-day event featured Olympic style competition in which athletes ages 13-16 excelled.
This year Sid Jacobson JCC sent 20 of their finest athletes to the Omaha JCC Maccabi Games, a proud tradition of Jewish athletic competition. More than a century old, today these Games are the largest event for Jewish teen athletes around the world. The Games’ mission is to cultivate a deeper understanding and instill an appreciation of Jewish values within Jewish youth, enrich their Jewish identity in an informal setting and encourage their identification with the state of Israel. The local delegation competed from Aug. 1-6 in boys’ and girl’s basketball, and boy’s tennis. The games encompass individual as well as team sports, and non-athletic activities such as a “Day of Caring and Sharing” (community service) and evening activities.
The combination of dedication, enthusiasm and commitment found in our athletes, volunteers and staff lead to the overwhelming success. Both the boys and girls basketball teams finished the four-day competition receiving silver medals.
“Year after year the athletes who represent Sid Jacobson make us proud. Their strong athletic ability coupled with our dedicated coaches make for a very successful week. This year’s games were definitely a set we will remember. Omaha did an amazing job of offering quality venues and activities for our athletes,” said Sarah Schmitt, Delegation Head and JCC Program Director of Membership & Fitness.