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JCC volunteer coach raises funds for new basketball hoops

Posted on February 27, 2010

Chicago, IL)—Long-time Jewish Community Center (JCC) Chicago volunteer basketball coach Maury Aaron recently raised $8,500 in donations from friends and fellow JCC parents, in order to replace the basketball backboards and rims for the gym at the Bernard Horwich JCC in West Rogers Park. The basketball hoops were replaced this past summer.

JCC basketball leagues involve over 400 kids on 46 teams, and hundreds of families. “This contribution is so significant to our basketball program,” said Joe Fine, JCC Manager of Sports and Leagues. “The benefit to the kids is incredible.”

For over a decade, Aaron volunteered his time as a JCC basketball coach for various age levels, including coaching his children, active participants in the basketball league, until they aged out of the program. Last year was the first season Aaron did not coach at the JCC. However, he has continued to sponsor a JCC basketball team through the Skokie family restaurant, The Sandwich Club.

“I feel that it is important to do anything we can to entice the children to get more physical activity and exercise,” said Maury Aaron about his motivation for organizing the fundraising.

“Aaron wanted very much to help the JCC. His kids are too old to play in the leagues, and he’s not even coaching anymore, but he is dedicated to the kids in our sports programs,” said Fine.

Aaron lives in Skokie, with his wife, Ora, and two children, Yoni (24) and Ilana (15). He expects to continue to be involved with the JCC for years to come.

JCC of Chicago serves Chicago and its suburbs with a wide array of contemporary life-enriching programs and services, including cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs in full-service community centers, early childhood sites, and day camp sites throughout the Chicagoland area. JCC is a partner in serving our community and receives support from the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

For more information, please contact Joe Fine at (773) 516-5857 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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