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20 local young athletes attend Junior Maccabi Games in Philadelphia

Maccabi Swim Team photo showing front, from left, Swimmers Miranda Cronlund, Layla Sasson, Ya’ir Sasson and Roxana Yafayeva. Back, from left, Andy Katz, Averi Amsterdam and Rachel Csakany. The team took fifth place overall at Mid-Atlantic Jr. Maccabi Games in Philadelphia.

SCHENECTADY– The Schenectady and Albany Jewish Community Centers teamed up to send 20 athletes, coaches and delegation heads to participate in at the Mid-Atlantic Mini and Junior Maccabi Games in Philadelphia on May 5 at the Kaiserman JCC. Athletes ages 9-12 years old tested their skills in swimming, soccer and basketball at the one-day Olympic-style sporting competition.

Overall, 925 athletes and coaches participated this year, representing regions as far north as Albany and Schenectady and as far south as Washington, D.C. The Games consisted of round-robin style tournaments for each sport followed by a single elimination medal round. Athletes participating in swimming earned a combined 17 medals, coming in fifth place overall, while the mini girls’ soccer team received the silver medal.

“We are so proud of our athletes that performed at this competition and had the opportunity to come together with other Jewish athletes to show their sportsmanship and create new relationships,” said Schenectady JCC Interim Executive Director, Andy Katz.

The Mini and Junior Maccabi games not only feature athletic competitions but also provide various social opportunities for participants to build relationships with teammates and athletes throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Athletes from the Schenectady and Albany JCCs joined teams

A combined Jr. Maccabi basketball team of the Albany-Schenectady delegation and a group from Baltimore were the team in blue. The basketball players from the Albany-Schenectady delegation in this photo were Jacob and Max Gurock.Jr.

from other delegations as well, including teams from Long Island, Baltimore and Westchester.


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