Louisville teens learn about civil rights movement at Maccabi Games

(Editor’s note: Jewish Louisville’s teen athletes are in Birmingham, Alabama, for the JCC Maccabi Games from July 30 to August 4. Louisville sent 11 teens — all boys — to compete in baseball, football and soccer. J Teen Director Kari Semel will be sending back updates from the week-long event.)

Yesterday afternoon, our flag football and basketball players suffered losses, while our soccer and baseball players won their games.
The athletes spent their evening with their host families, and relaxed before another day of sports and programming. This morning, to honor the Jewish observance of Tisha B’Av, the athletes participated in a JCC Cares program. They sorted school supplies to donate to the Birmingham public schools, listened to a survivor of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombings, and toured the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
After the program, the athletes geared up for their afternoon and evening competitions. So far, our basketball team suffered a loss to Team Israel in a very close game.
Look out for more updates tomorrow.


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