Brothers Jared and Josh Robinson both brought home medals from this summer’s JCC Maccabi Games.
Jared, 16, a junior at Churchill High School, won a bronze medal in basketball while Josh, 13, an 8th grader at Hoover Middle School, earned a silver medal in singles tennis.
The boys from Potomac represented the JCC of Greater Washington at the competition, which took place in early August in three different cities — Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale and Milwaukee. Jared went to Dallas while Josh headed to Milwaukee.
Medaling was an especially thrilling experience for Jared because his team was not favored to advance and defeated the number one seed on a buzzer beater in the first round.
But making new friends is what Jared said he will cherish even more than success on the court.
“It’s a cool environment because nowhere else do you play against kids and then go to an event with them later that night. You know these people, you talk to them, you become friends with them and then you have to play them, and then you see them after the game, too. And you have to talk about it, so it’s much more competitive,” Jared explained.
The games had an international flavor, with teams from Mexico, Australia and Israel competing.
Josh lost in the tennis finals to an Israeli athlete.
“It felt pretty cool representing my home town but since my opponent was Israeli I was basically representing America so that was actually cooler.”