The 1,200-plus JCC Maccabi Games athletes didn’t have any competitions Wednesday morning, instead taking time off to participate in , a program in which the athletes give back to the community and help those less fortunate. The athletes were split into multiple groups and brought to various locations in Rockland, Orange County and Bergen County, NJ.
There were 10 groups that went to different nursing homes and assisted living communities all around Rockland. Some groups stayed at Rockland Community College, the game’s main hub, where a group painted trash cans for Keep Rockland Beautiful. Also at RCC, groups spent the morning with athletes from the New York Special Olympics and Challenger Little League.
Other groups went to the Holocaust Museum in Spring Valley, cleaned up a park in Newburgh and planted a garden at Harmony Hall in Sloatsburg.