Local Athlete to Compete in World Maccabiah Games

Posted by: Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 8:00:00 am

Haley HerzbergHaley Herzberg, a former Block & Dreeben student who was active in BBYO San Antonio and took swim lessons as a child at the JCC, has been invited to compete as part of Team USA at the World Maccabiah Games. Currently a freshman at UC Santa Barbara where she is also a swimmer, Haley, who is the daughter of Mark and Anne Herzberg, joins eleven other girls and twelve boys from all over the United States. 

The World Maccabiah Games are a wonderful event and provide young Jewish athletes with the chance to compete in the third largest international sporting event in the world. Team USA will depart the U.S. on June 27, 2017. The opening ceremonies will take place in Jerusalem July 6, and the swimming competition will take place at the Wingate Institute in Netanya from July 9-12, with the open water competition on July 16 in Tiberas.

To date, there are more than 2,500 applications with 600+ team members appointed. Team USA is well on their way to having a USA delegation of over 1200 - the largest team to go overseas anytime for any competition, and more than double the US Team that went to the recent Olympics in Rio.

In addition to representing the United States at the World Maccabiah Games, Haley will also have an Olympic Trial cut in the 400 freestyle. At school, she swims the 100, 200, 500, 800, and 1650 freestyles. Haley is studying Environmental Studies.

JCC Maccabi Games®

MaccabiA bit more locally, the 2017 JCC Maccabi Games® experience is open to Jewish teens ages 13 to 16 as of July 31, 2017. Join other Jewish teens from around the country at this week-long event. Athletes can compete in Basketball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Tennis, Swimming, or Volleyball (girls only). All teens will also participate in great activities like host family night, fun social events, and Day of Caring and Sharing! Watch future JCC Center Peace newsletters for more information.

Interested athletes are encouraged to contact Devin Billstein at 210-302-6869.

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