Dear JCC Maccabi Games Community,
2015 is here and we can officially say we are in the year of The Games. Online registration is officially open! Who needs to register? All JCC Maccabi Games volunteers, host families, athletes, staff, coaches, and VIP guests must register online. Click here to register now. We continue to count down the 200 days until Opening Ceremonies at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
We hope our current JCC Maccabi Games Updates will keep you up to date on the most recent information about The Games .The “Games Features” on the left side of the page will help navigate you through the newsletter.
Our team would like to thank you for joining the team and “Getting in The Games!” Please help us continue to grow our community by sharing this update with your friends so they can get involved too!
The pace is steadily picking up as we have entered 2015. We are working to finalize our plans for evening events, food, and transportation. Our Steering Committee members are continuing to work hard planning and scheduling the week of The Games. This month we will move our Steering Committee meeting offsite and visit Nicolet High School. Since Nicolet will serve as our Activity Center during the week of The Games, we thought it would be a good idea to start talking specifics with the larger planning team about how we will use the Nicolet Campus. We anticipate holding future meetings at other Games venues so everyone can visualize the exciting plans for themselves.
“Maccabi Mania” had another powerful presence last month. The Games community was wearing Games gear during the JCC Membership Appreciation Breakfast on December 25th and also during the Community Hanukkah Celebration held at the JCC. It is always great to see Staff and Lay Leaders around the JCC sporting the JCC Maccabi Games gear.
Our own Games delegation, Team Milwaukee, got in on the excitement in December and hosted a “Silent Disco” to kick off team recruitment and partnership with BBYO. More than 80 Jewish teens danced the night away “silently” in the Marcus Gym here at the JCC. We are excited to see Team Milwaukee grow as we near The Games! Check out the pictures below and to the left.
Registration for athletes is now live and if you know a teen who might be interested, I invite you to join us for an information session this Thursday, January 15th from 7:00-8:00pm at the JCC. Our team will also be on hand to help athletes and parents with the on-line registration before and after the meeting. Spread the word – we’d love to see our teens and parents there!
As we continue to build support for The Games, I am proud to be able to share that in recent weeks we have solidified partnerships with several Milwaukee leaders, including The Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust, WE Energies, Northwestern Mutual Foundation, Helen Bader Foundation, Inc. and Children’s Hospital. We are working hard to build a youth wellness endowment as a legacy to our hosting the JCC Maccabi Games, and would appreciate you considering who in your personal networks might have connections to individuals, corporations or foundations that might partner with us to build a healthier Milwaukee.
Please let our team know if you have any questions or learn how to get involved in The Games. We are here to help.
Have a great January, and stay warm!
Jesse Rosen, JCC Maccabi Games Directorread more