Six Jewish Louisville teens, ranging in age from 12-14, will take part in the Atlanta Maccabi Games from July 28 to Aug 2 in Atlanta.
The teens – five boys and one girl – will compete in basketball, swimming, soccer and tennis.
This year’s Louisville Maccabi team includes, Ethan Aarvig, 12, basketball; Jack Kaplin, 14, swimming; Ethan Schwartz, 13, soccer; Carly Schramko, 14, tennis; Jonathan Bornstein, 12, basketball; and Ryan Marks, 13, basketball.
J Fitness Director Matt Vamvas will accompany the team.
Thirty-six delegations, including the host team from Atlanta, are expected to compete.
In addition to sports, the young athletes will take part in mitzvah projects and community service under the JCC Cares program, which build Jewish spirit and teach Jewish values. This year, mitzvah and community service projects will benefit the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled and the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions.
This year, the opening ceremonies for the games, which will take place at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in the suburb of Alpharetta, will include a tribute Munich 11 – the Israeli athletes who were murdered taken hostage then killed during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. A similar tribute is being held at all Maccabi Games.
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