Maccabi Toronto will create and launch a Mini Maccabiah focused on elite young Jewish athletes, boys and girls from 8-12 in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The Mini-Maccabiah (a Jewish world first) will occur in June, 2012 and be the starting point for international competition. The Mini-Maccabiah will bring young Jewish athletes together as team mates and competitors, facilitating their evolution to represent Toronto at the JCC Games (ages 13-15) and ultimately, representation for Canada at the Maccabiah in Israel (ages 16+).
This differs from anything that currently exists as this is the first step towards the longer term objective of transforming the stereotype of what a Jew "is".
The Mini Maccabiah will identify and promote elite Jewish athletes, bring together the best and begin to nurture their development. Events will mirror the JCC Maccabi City Games and include team sports: Soccer, Basketball, and Baseball. Individual sports planned are: Tennis, Bowling, Swimming, and Table Tennis. Planning to add after prototype demonstrated viable: Martial Arts, Hockey, and Ball Hockey.
We are seeking financial and professional support for our BIG JEWISH IDEA: development, promotion and seed funding for the implementation of a Mini-Macabbiah in Jewish Toronto.