The JCC Maccabi Games act as the perfect arena for Jewish youth to compete with and support one another through the gift of sport.

The Games this year took place in Orange County, California and ran between August 5 – 10. Over 2,300 young athletes from all over the country competed along side one another in various sports, such as: swimming, basketball, volleyball, track & field, soccer, and more. This Olympic-style competition (with Olympic-style proportions) is the largest annual Jewish youth event in the world, so the JCC Denver was proud to have over 50 athletes from the Denver area compete right alongside the best of the best.

Completing the week-long event with a total of 31 medals (!!!), the JCC Denver team headed back to the Rocky Mountains with their heads held high. Along with their sports equipment and new neck bling, they also brought home the most valuable gift of all: appreciation of their fellow competitors.

When we reached out to Maccabi athletes, we were eager to hear about how it felt to compete and, at times, to win in their selected sport. While they were thrilled to discuss their triumph, they were quick to announce their positive feelings toward meeting new friends from across the country.