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Teen Athletes: Maccabi 2012 in Houston

The JCC Maccabi Games are an international sports competition for teens, held annual in new locations every year. Last year’s games were held in Israel, and Boulder sent 5 teens as part of the Denver delegation to the games. For the first time ever, this year, Boulder will have it’s very own delegation!

The J-Teen department of the Boulder Jewish Community Center will be hosting a 10-person delegation at the Games, which will take place August 5th-10th, 2012 in Houston. The games are for teens that will be between the ages of 13-16 by July 31st, 2012.

Every year, the Maccabi Games includes many different sports, which vary based on location. For the Houston games this year, the sports that are available to compete in are:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dance
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Volleyball

Any student who competes in an individual sport will compete in his/her own bracket (potentially against other Boulder delegation members), but due to our small allotment for Boulder teens, anyone competing in a team sport will be placed on a “mixed delegation” team. This will allow for an even more amazing experience as teens not only get to compete against, but also get to compete with teens from around the country and the world.

The total cost (including transportation and accommodations) for this year’s games will be $1550 or $1300 with the early-bird registration. To qualify for the early bird discount you must submit a $250 deposit no later than January 31st, 2012.

So if you, your child, or someone you know would like to be an international competitor at the 2012 Maccabi Games in Houston, please don’t hesitate to contact Phil Rubinstein, the BJCC J-Teen Director, at jteen@boulderjcc.org or by phone at 303-998-1900 ext 114. Spots are limited and registration is open, so reserve your spot now!

About Phil Rubinstein

Phil Rubinstein has been the J-Teen Director at the Boulder JCC since January of 2011. Working in the Boulder Jewish community since 2006, Phil is also a teacher at Congregation Har HaShem, Boulder Hebrew High, and is the owner of FreelanceJudaism LLC, a private Jewish tutoring company founded in November, 2010

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