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Northern Virginia Delegation Heads to Maccabi Games

Renee Eder on Monday, August 7, 2017

I don’t play a sport, and sadly I am far from being a teenager. But, if I did and if I was, I would certainly want to participate in the JCC Maccabi Games®! Last night (Sunday, August 6) at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY, hundreds of Jewish athletes, coaches, and fans from around the world gathered for the opening ceremonies of the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games® and Artsfest, an Olympic style sporting competition held for Jewish athletes that are between the age of 13 and 16.

This year, there are 21 delegations from around the world competing in sporting events ranging from basketball and hockey to swimming and golf. The athletes will be competing in venues around Albany, starting last night and ending on August 11.

Around 2,600 Jewish teens participate in the JCC Maccabi Games every summer, including our local athletes from the Northern Virginia Delegation, including 16 athletes, 3 coaches, and 1 delegation head (Allison Merims). Our delegation is specifically comprised of:

  • Athletes: 9-16U* baseball, 2-14U tennis, 1-16U tennis, 2-16U ice hockey, 1-14U basketball, 1-16U swimming (all boys!) Our baseball, ice hockey, and basketball athletes will all be playing on Mixed Teams in their respective sports. They will be playing with athletes from other delegations to comprise a full team.
  • Coaches: 2 baseball, 1 tennis (Jeff Dannick, our Executive Director, and an accomplished tennis player, is our Tennis Coach)

The JCC Maccabi ArtsFest® is also happening concurrently. Specialties include musical theater, acting/improv, vocal music, rock band, star reporters (Journalism/TV), visual arts, jazz ensemble/world music, and dance.

This year’s NoVA Delegation is the largest that NoVA has sent in many years, and we wish them lots of luck in their respective sports. We will continue to provide updates about the NoVA Delegation on our Facebook page! Please also check out the Maccabi games page on our website to learn more and see how you or your teenager can get involved in future games!

*denotes age of players on team

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