The Marcus Jewish Community Center’s Team Atlanta won 34 gold medals, 22 silvers and 11 bronzes at the JCC Maccabi Games in Birmingham and Miami.
Team Atlanta sent 108 athletes to Birmingham from July 30 to Aug. 4 and 11 competitors to Miami from Aug. 6 to 11, accompanied by a total of 28 coaches and chaperones.
Two athletes and one chaperone joined Team Atlanta from Yokneam-Megiddo, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta’s sister city in Israel.
“With Birmingham being so close, we had an incredible opportunity to involve more of our Atlanta community than ever before,” said Libby Hertz, who led the Team Atlanta delegation. “Team Atlanta’s athletes, coaches, chaperones, parents, staff and volunteers, as well as our wonderful host families, came together to encourage, laugh, hug and cheer, and experience a level of compassion and sportsmanship that defines the essence of our Jewish community.”
The Marcus JCC is one of the hosts of the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games.
The JCC Maccabi Games are for Jewish athletes ages 13 to 16 across North America. Atlanta teens competed this year in basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, baseball, swimming, flag football, golf and dance.
Most of Atlanta’s medals came in the swimming pool, where the team won 13 golds, three silvers and two bronzes in the 15-16 age group and 15 golds, 13 silvers and three bronzes in the 13-14 group.
In team sports, Atlanta won silver in 16-and-under girls soccer and 14-and-under boys soccer and bronze in 16-and-under girls basketball and 14-and-under boys baseball.
In golf, Lauren S. won gold, and Matthew R. took silver.
On the tennis courts, Marissa G. in the 14-and-under girls recreational division and Eli H. in the 14-and-under boys competitive division won gold. Evan E. in the 14-and-under boys recreational division and Emma T. in the 14-and-under girls competitive division won silver. Bronze medals went to Paulina L. in the 14-and-under girls recreational division, Bradley F. in the 14-and-under boys recreational division and Sydney S. for 16-and-under girls.
Atlanta also had success in the dance competition.
Emma E., Olivia L., Sydney F., Annie Rose W., Lily S. and Emma N. won gold in the jazz small group dance.
In lyrical dance, Emma E. and Annie Rose W. won gold in the duet, while Sydney F. and Lily S. took the silver. Lily S. earned the bronze for her solo dance.
The gold for the highest overall score in the lyrical division went to Emma N.