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JCC Maccabi Games start July 28 in Austin

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 19, 2013

More than 1,000 teen-age athletes will descend on Austin starting next weekend for the Jewish Community Center’s Maccabi Games.

Think of the Games, scheduled for July 28 to Aug. 2, as a mini Olympics. Athletes age 12 to 16 will compete in everything from baseball to golf, table tennis and swimming at more than a dozen venues around Austin.

Each summer, two or three cities in North America and Israel host the Games. This year’s participants are coming from 28 cities and four countries beyond the United States.

Austin has hosted the games once before, in 2004.

Opening ceremonies are set for 7 p.m. July 28 at the Frank Erwin Center, 1701 Red River Street. Olympic gymnast and gold medalist Aly Raisman, honorary chair of the Austin event, will speak. Music, a parade of athletes and a torch lighting are scheduled. A tribute to the 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics in Munich is also planned.

For more information about the Games, go to www.austinjccmaccabi.org or call 512 827-9101.