The JCC Maccabi Games program is an Olympic style competition for Jewish Teens ages 13-16. The event is held in multiple locations throughout the United States every summer and includes social and educational components as well as athletics.
Kansas City Teens Return from JCC Maccabi Games with Medals and Memories
16 teen athletes represented the Kansas City Jewish Community at the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games earlier this month in Dallas, Texas. The group joined with over 1000 Jewish 13-16 year olds from all over the United States as well as Mexico, Panama, Australia and Israel. Participants competed in various sports throughout the week and joined as one for community service and social activities in this annual event.
Nathan Turtledove won the bronze medal in boys tennis in the competitive division for under 14, while Kyle Gold won the bronze medal in boys tennis in the under 16 division. Other Kansas City athletes competed in boys baseball, boys soccer and boys basketball. Turtledove and Ryan Gold were recipients of the Midot medal for their exemplary representation of Jewish values. Other 2015 Kansas City Maccabi participants were Drew Schifman, Josh Kreisler, Jeff Greenfield, Jake Rosenberg, Noah Bernstein, Jacob Jackson, Dylan Emert, Ben Derks, Jackson Crane, Sam Fine, Jack Ullman, Jack Litwin and Aidan Karpin. Team coaches were Austin Benton and Damion Brown.
The Games kicked off with an Olympic style Opening Ceremonies on the Campus of SMU Sunday evening followed by competitions each day throughout the week. Evening events included a night at Top Golf and a night at a local Dallas water park. One afternoon was dedicated to community service projects focusing on the issue of community hunger. The week culminated on Thursday with medal round competition and a dodgeball tournament in which the Kansas City basketball and soccer players took home first place in their respective age divisions.
The JCC Maccabi Games program started in 1982 to promote Jewish continuity through sports. Over the past 30 years over 100,000 Jewish teens have participated in the program. Locally, the program is administered by the JCC’s sports and recreation program coordinator Bob Hennecke.
Planning for next summer’s Games is already underway. For more information on the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games contact Bob Hennecke at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-327-8005.