The JCC Maccabi Video games — the biggest organized Jewish teen sports activities occasion in North America — is at the moment underway on the Lawrence Household JCC on the Jacobs Household Campus in San Diego, bringing collectively 1,500 youngsters from 20 states and 4 Canadian territories.
The 2022 JCC Maccabi Video games, which runs via Friday, additionally mark the 40th anniversary of the Video games. Hosted by JCC Affiliation of North America, the occasion has engaged greater than 500,000 Jewish teenagers through the years.
Based in 1982, the JCC Maccabi Video games is an Olympic-style sporting competitors the place athletes from ages 12 to 16 can showcase their abilities whereas training Jewish values. The San Diego Video games will embody baseball, basketball, 3×3 basketball, flag soccer, ice hockey, soccer, and volleyball. Particular person sports activities competitions will embody golf, swimming, and tennis.
The 40th anniversary Video games may also mark the launch of JCC Maccabi Entry, a pilot initiative that can present Jewish teenagers who’ve cognitive and developmental disabilities with a significant and built-in JCC Maccabi expertise. This initiative would be the first of many alternatives to increase the JCC Maccabi expertise within the coming years, organizers mentioned.
The Video games have featured notable alumni and world-class athletes, together with Olympic gold medalists Mark Spitz and Mitch Gaylord, NBA stars Ernie Grunfeld and Danny Schayes, and tennis legends Brad Gilbert and Dick Savitt.
For extra info, go to jccmaccabi.jcca.org.