Framingham Teen To Compete in 14th Pan American Maccabi Games

FRAMINGHAM – In May, Maccabi USA Gymnastics Chair Ben Fox along with Head Coach Soda Persi announced the members of the Juniors Girls’ Gymnastics Team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games which will take place July 5-15 in Mexico City, Mexico. 

Among the athletes was Ella Kent, a Framingham athlete.

Kent, 13, just finished 7th grade at MetroWest Jewish Day School in Framingham.

She trains at Elite Gymnastics Academy in Ashland, under head coaches Ivan Ivanov and Tara Pasiakos

Maccabi USA will bring a team of 400+ athletes who will join the other 2,500 Jewish athletes from 19 countries, participating in 24 different sports.

Head Coach Persi is a mother of five, who has been the head gymnastics coach at Payke Gymnastics Academy for 25 years. She is excited to join the USA delegation for the first time this summer and lead the team to success at the Games.

The Games are hosted by the Confederacion Latinoamericana Maccabi (CLAM). They are conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union and are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held. The Pan American Maccabi Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities It strives to provide Jewish athletes all over the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.

MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). 

The nonprofit organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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