Team USA brought home the gold from the 2010 Maccabi Australia 18-and-under basketball tournament. And the squad did it while wearing yarmulkes.
For the first time, the majority of the American team was composed of Orthodox Jewish students.
...While the Maccabi Games are open to Israelis and Jewish citizens, the number of religious Jews who play in the Maccabi Games is small, according to Steinmetz. That made the team’s wins, a cluster of bobbing yarmulkes flying down the basketball court, all the more surprising. Steinmetz recalled that he kept on hearing people exclaim, “I can’t believe the yarmulke kid dunked!”
Both Feld and Rosenberg said they believed the event had been a kiddush Hashem, a sanctification of G-d’s name.
“We were respectful and that definitely helped,” Rosenberg said. “We wore our kippot to show our pride and we won.“
...Rosenberg and Feld helped another Jewish player put on tefilin in the airport for the first time in four years.
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