Albany Medical Center has agreed to be presenting sponsor for the 2017 Capital Region JCC Maccabi Games — an Olympic-style sporting competition for Jewish youth from around the world, which will be hosted in the Capital Region for the first time. The games are the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world.

 “We are thrilled that Albany Medical Center has signed on to become the presenting sponsorship. In addition to helping us make the games possible, they are providing the Games with invaluable professional support with medical professionals at various athletic venues,” said Lauren Iselin, one of the co-chairpersons of the upcoming games.

 Next summer, the games will be held in three United States locations: Miami (Fla.), Birmingham (Ala.) and in this region.The Capital Region event will host approximately 700 athletes from around the world, along with their coaches, delegation chairpersons, parents and other spectators. The Capital Region games will take place Aug. 6-11.

 “Albany Medical Center is pleased to support the international JCC Maccabi Games in its first-ever sporting competition in the Capital Region. As the provider of medical care for its teenage athletes from around the world, we welcome the hundreds of athletes, volunteers, coaches, parents, delegates and spectators and wish them the best experience at this celebration of competition, sportsmanship and community,” said Molly Nicol, senior vice president for development and communications.

 Athletes will compete in: table tennis, ice hockey, basketball, swimming, soccer, dance, tennis, golf and baseball. The main hub for the events will be Guilderland High School.

Registration to participate, to volunteer and to host is open and those interested may do so at The events will rely on volunteer support from throughout the area.