Although Nancy was across the world during this year’s Games, she had quite the community surrounding and supporting her. Todd Shays, the basketball coach at Kent High School, coached the US Men’s Basketball team, and Scott Ehrlich, the CEO of the Ft. Lauderdale JCC, was the captain of the US’s Tennis team. Nancy reconnected with friends she had made during past games, and some friends and family members from home, including Nancy’s cousin, were also in Israel during this year’s Games.
When asked about the highlights of her experience at this year’s Games, Nancy mentioned how impressed she was with the Israel Tennis Centers—there are 15 centers throughout Israel that offer lessons to hundreds of children—but more than anything, Nancy said that meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends from past Games in the same place was what made the Games so special.
“The best part of my Maccabiah experience is the fact that I now have Jewish friends all over the world, from South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Great Britan, Canada, all over the US—oh, and of course Israel! Gathering with these athletes and knowing we’re all Jewish makes Maccabiah’s cultural environment so warm and inviting…It was a magical two weeks!” she said.
Nancy plans to represent the J Denver and the United States during the 2019 Pan American Games in Mexico City, Mexico.