The Maccabi Games are coming and Louisville has a large delegation preparing to compete. The games will be from July 24-28 in Columbus, OH, and Louisville will be competing in basketball, golf, volleyball, baseball and girls’ tennis.
For the first time in many years, Louisville will be sending a full basketball team. That means they have time to practice together before the games. Craig Goldstein, who is coaching the team, said, “The boys basketball team is so excited to experience the Maccabi games for the first time. Our goal is to have fun, enjoy the Maccabi experience and hopefully win some games!”
While the Maccabi Games are an annual sports gathering, it is also a Jewish gathering. The participating teens, who come from across the United States, will participate in a social action project, have time to socialize and enjoy home hospitality.
This year’s Maccabi athletes are Alana Borowick, Tova Frockt, Drew Goldstein, Jacob Horowitz, Ben Kaplan, Adam Lapinski, Brent Mannel, Brad Margulies, Adam Rudy, Harrison Rudy, Eli Schramko and Ethan Tuvlin.
Mike Steklof, The J’s Assistant Director of Youth Services, will head the delegation; and Kari Semel, who will be joining The J’s staff in July, will assist.
The Louisville delegation’s participation in the 2016 Maccabi Games was made possible by a generous grant from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.