Our Maccabi ExperiencePosted on Aug 27, 2012 3:09pm
Last week, we took 40 athletes representing Toronto, the Prosserman JCC and the Schwartz/Reisman Centre to the JCC Maccabi Games in Rockland, NY. They competed with 1500 other Jewish athletes from across North America, South America and Israel.
The opening ceremonies were tremendous and very emotional, as the focus was on the 40th anniversary of the Munich 11 tragedy. All of the athletes, coaches, staff and spectators were deeply moved by songs, videos, tributes and a speech by Ankie Spitzer; wife of slain Israeli Olympic Fencer Andre Spitzer. Perhaps the most powerful moment, was the minute of silence, which was denied by the IOC just a few weeks before. The evening continued with music, dancing and the lighting of the torch to open the games.
As Delegation Head, I could not be prouder of the team and staff we brought with us. Our athletes represented our community with nothing but class. On the field, we were excellent winning Gold in Roller Hockey, Silver in Boys Soccer, Silver in Girls Soccer and claiming 4th place in Boys Basketball.
The players were even better off the field, participating in the JCC Cares community service program, where they actively volunteered with underprivileged campers, special need athletes and seniors.
All in all, it was a great week for all involved, and we can’t wait to bring a bigger delegation to Orange County next summer.