The JCC Maccabi Games is an Olympic-style sporting event for Jewish teens ages 13-16. It is held each summer in North America and draws over 3000 athletes. It is a wonderful experience for teens, a chance to represent their city and compete in sports in a completely Jewish atmosphere.
This is something many of our volunteer coaches feel is important. One coaching family in particular has been involved in the Games as a family since their inception in 1984. The Kohler's were instrumental in starting Team Philadelphia, before their children Seth(29) and Rachel(26) were even born. Of course they got involved, first as athletes (baseball and dance), then as coaches. They even got their cousin Josh Cooperstein in the act as a swim coach.
Family involvement is not limited to the Kohler family on Team Philadelphia. Currently we have over half of our coaching staff that were one-time athletes. To name just a few...Eric Shipon (girls soccer) started as a Jr Maccabi (ages 10-12yrs) coach and graduated up to the big leagues when is daughter Lexi turned 13. His younger daughter Billie also played for the girls soccer team. Eric and Lexi are now the coaches for the team.
The same theme carries over to the Weiss family. Ed Weiss was coach for the boys soccer team for many years. Both his sons Evan and Dan were Team Philly soccer athletes. Now the father son duo of Ed and Dan coach the 14u Boys soccer team.
Without the generous donation of time and passion by these and every Maccabi family, the Games would just not be the same. Thank you!
The JCC Maccabi Games(13-16yrs) and the Mid-Atlantic Jr Games (10-12yrs) are holding open tryouts for all Jewish athletes.