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We are proud to announce that the 2019 JCC Maccabi Games® are an inclusive program. We welcome athletes with developmental, physical and/or neurological differences which require support. The ideal inclusion athlete has had previous success in an inclusive setting. Accommodations and support will be determined on an individual basis. Sports available with support include track & field, bowling, swimming and Star Reporter (social media influencers).

To begin the application process please contact Tracey Grant or Samantha Kurgan for more information about the inclusion initiative. Upon beginning the intake process the inclusion team will work one on one with each family to determine if a successful support plan can be achieved for each individual athlete. The Maccabi Inclusion Team in coordination with the family will make a final decision for each athlete to move forward in the enrollment process. We are excited to create this opportunity for our Atlanta community and look forward to a very exciting games!

As a JCC Maccabi Games athlete, you will:

● Participate in all Team Atlanta get-togethers & MJCCA sponsored events

● Participate in Community Service (opportunities provided for each team)

● Attend at least 75% of all scheduled practices

● Follow all rules & regulations of the JCC Maccabi Games

● Pay enrollment fees of either $750 for MJCCA member, or $850 for non members. (Scholarships available.)

Please visit www.ATLMaccabi2019.org for further details. You can also follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and highlights throughout the year. Go Team Atlanta!
General Questions- Please contact us at Maccabi@atlantajcc.org or 678.812.4300.

About the JCC Maccabi Games®

The JCC Maccabi Games® are an Olympic-style sporting competition held each summer in North America and is the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world. The Maccabi Movement began in 1895 when the first all-Jewish sports club was formed in Constantinople. The first world Maccabiah Games were held in Israel in 1932.

From July 28-August 2, 2019, the Atlanta community will welcome more than 1,600 visiting teens and their families from across the nation. They will join more than 400 local teens, 600 host families, 500 volunteers and thousands of spectators.

Over the course of the week, teens from around North America will compete in a variety of sports. Along the way, they’ll experience Rachmanus (compassion) during the competition and Tikkun Olam (Repair the World) during the community service.

Since 1982 the JCC Maccabi Games® have offered more than 140,000 Jewish teens a unique social, cultural, and life-shaping experience. The Games serve a larger purpose than athletic competition, promoting community involvement, teamwork, and pride in being Jewish. The energy and excitement make the Games an unforgettable experience for every participant, from athlete to volunteer, from coaches to host families.

Atlanta has proudly hosted the JCC Maccabi Games® once before, in 2001. Those Games showed that hosting the JCC Maccabi Games® brings the Metro Atlanta community together in an experience that transcends the week-long itinerary. Together, the Games will strengthen the entire community, empower the next generation of leaders and celebrate our values and traditions.

Today, more than 6,000 teens, ranging from 13 to 16 years of age, participate in the JCC Maccabi Games each summer. The Games are co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center Association of North America, Maccabi World Union, Maccabi Canada, and Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel.

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