Bring­ing home the gold

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While their fel­low Amer­i­cans were winning medals at the Bei­jing Olympics, a group of more than 100 lo­cal teens cap­tured medals of their own while par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 2008 JCC Mac­cabi Games. The boys and girls of the Le­vis JCC Mitchell Dob­bin Mac­cabi Team, known lo­cally as Team Boca, com­peted in a va­ri­ety of sports at the re­cent events held in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia, and Akron, Ohio, this past month.

Many of the teens on the Mitchell Dob­bin Mac­cabi Team have rep­re­sented the Le­vis JCC for nu­mer­ous years, as well as many of the vol­un­teer coaches who ac­com­pany them, do­nat­ing their time to help the young ath­letes to suc­ceed.

The Olympic-style Mac­cabi Games, which have been held an­nu­ally since 1982, are held each year in mul­ti­ple sites through­out the na­tion with more than 5,000 Jewish teens par­tic­i­pat­ing. It is the largest organized sports pro­grams for Jewish teenagers in the world and is co-spon­sored by the Jewish Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion of North Amer­ica, Mac­cabi World Union, Mac­cabi USA/Sports for Is­rael and Mac­cabi Canada. Jewish teenagers, ages 13 to 16, are en­cour­aged to try out for the 2009 Le­vis JCC Mitchell Dob­bin Mac­cabi Team, which will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the JCC Mac­cabi Games next year in San Fran­cisco. There will be an in­for­ma­tional meet­ing this win­ter, with try­outs beginning in Fe­bru­ary.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Randy Col­man at 561-852-3205 or randyc@lev­

The Le­vis JCC Mitchell Dob­bin Mac­cabi girls soc­cer team (16 and un­der) re­cently brought home a gold from com­pe­ti­tion in San Diego.

The Le­vis JCC’s Boys Base­ball (14 and un­der) team took home gold medals when it com­peted re­cently at the 2008 JCC Mac­cabi Games in San Diego

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