The David Posnack Jewish Community Center recently announced that for the first time, Broward County will be the site of the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games. The games will be held in August, 2015, with teenage athletes competing in basketball, baseball, bowling, dance, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, table tennis, track and field, tennis and volleyball, at venues around the county.

One thousand, two hundred visiting athletes, 300 local athletes, 300 coaches and 1,000 volunteers, will be involved, in addition to host families, visiting families, spectators and community partners. It is expected to be a major economic boost for Broward County, generating an estimated $1.8 million for local hotels and related businesses. This is extremely good news, as August is  a slow month for tourism.

The games started in 1983 with a big mission—to provide Jewish youth with a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect and sportsmanship, where they can interact in an atmosphere of fun, democracy, and peace; cultivate a deeper understanding and instill an appreciation of Jewish values within Jewish youth, enrich their Jewish identity in an informal setting, and encourage their identification with the State of Israel. The games also promote and encourage the health, physical fitness and well-being of Jewish youth through participation in recreational and athletic activities.

“Broward County is dedicated to making the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games a huge success,” said Debby Eisinger, who is co-chairing the games with Lori Green. “The 2015 games coincide with Broward County’s 100th anniversary and are an exciting opportunity to highlight Broward’s many athletic venues and other great amenities, as well as the spirit of the community, to visitors from around the nation and the world.”

“Once you become involved with the JCC Maccabi Games, you experience for yourself what a meaningful difference it makes in the lives of our youth, host families, volunteers and everyone else who participates in any way,” said Lori Green, who has been a JCC Maccabi Games volunteer for eight years—first as a parent, then as a board member and delegation head. Bringing the games to Broward has been her dream, and she has been instrumental in making it come true.

“There is an amazing sense of satisfaction that comes from bringing many different parts of the community together for such a positive, inter-generational event. With well over 2,000 people attending from other parts of the country, the games are an opportunity to showcase what a great place Broward County is for young athletes and their families.”

Honorary Chairpersons for the event are US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Richard and Lesley Stone. The Host Committee consists of Sheriff Scott Israel, County Commissioner Marty Kiar, County School Board Member Laurie Rich-Levinson, Davie Mayor Judy Paul and Cooper City Mayor Greg Ross. For more information about the games, visit www.lauderdalejccmaccabi.com.

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