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Local athletes compete in first Mini JCC Maccabi Games

Date: 5/29/2015

SPRINGFIELD – The JCC Maccabi Games is an annual weeklong international athletic competition for Jewish teens 13 to 16 years of age.  

This year, for the first time ever, 9- and 10-year-olds participated in the experience at a one-day Mini JCC Maccabi Games in Rockland, N.Y. in May.

Seven youth athletes from the Springfield Jewish Community Center represented Team Springfield. More than 10 cities were in attendance including Baltimore, Princeton, Stamford and Staten Island.  

Team Springfield swept the tennis competition with athletes finishing in first, second, and third place.

Longmeadow native, Levi Kofsky captured the champion title and the gold medal on Sunday, while Avery Halpern earned the silver, and Kayla Rosen took home the bronze.

Team Springfield athletes also joined forces with athletes from Westchester, N.Y., to compete in the mixed soccer tournament. Despite never having played together before, Team Springfield/Westchester was seeded fourth going into the medal rounds.  

“It was a wonderful, positive experience for our children,” Amy Halpern of Longmeadow said.  

Mini Maccabi athletes can look forward to joining our Teen JCC Maccabi Team and getting the full experience in just a few years. For now, they can cheer on their older siblings and friends as Team Springfield travels with a team of 54 teens to the JCC Maccabi Games & Artsfest in Fort Lauderdale, FL, this August.

For more information about the JCC Maccabi Experience, contact Raychel Setless, Athletics and Youth Wellness director at the Springfield JCC, 739-4715 or