Author: Eytan Graubart

Staff Spotlight: Jason Sinkoff

Posted by April 10, 2019 • Share:

Welcome Back Jason Sinkoff – Tennis Head Coach and Athletic Director!

Jewish Tennis Coach Bay Area

Coaching Tennis in College

Tennis Head Coach Jason Sinkoff is in his second season as the Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach at James Madison University inHarrisonburg, VA.  In his first year they finished with the 3rd most wins in program history going 16-7.  Under his leadership, the program was completely turned around and became a serious contender for the conference title. In his second season they moved up to the #3 seed in their conference tournament for the first time in the program’s history.

Prior to his time at James Madison, Jason was the Head Mends Tennis coach at Wager College where he also received an MBA with a focus in Management, finishing #1 in his class.

In addition to coaching at the collegiate level, Jason has coached youth at summer camps in the San Diego area and worked as the Tennis instructor at a residential camp in Wisconsin.  In 2009 he served as the Assistant Coach for the boy’s tennis team at Torrey Pines High School.  That team won their conference title as well as the San Diego CIF Div 1 Title and sent graduates to compete at the collegiate level at UC Santa Barbara, Princeton, University of Arizona, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, UC San Diego, and Pomona College.

 

Playing Tennis in San Diego

Before he became a coach, Jason played tennis at Torrey Pines High School (San Diego, CA), Palomar College, and Hofstra University and was a Team Captain on his high school and college teams.

At Torrey Pines, Jason was named a two-time San Diego Union Tribune Scholar Athlete, and named to the All-City and All-Palomar League 1st Teams during his senior year.  At Palomar College he played #1 Singles and Doubles and was voted Team Captain and Freshman MVP while obtaining a 4.0 GPA.  He then transferred to Hofstra University to play Division 1 Men’s Tennis, was elected Team Captain for 3 years, Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete, CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award recipient, and Senior MVP. Jason graduated in 2012 with a BBA in Marketing and a Minor in Management.

Tennis at the JCC Maccabi Games

He competed at the JCC Maccabi Games three times, 2002 Montreal, 2003 Houston, TX (Silver Medal in Doubles), and 2004 Boston, MA (Gold Medal in Doubles). In 2010 he competed in the Men’s Open Division representing Team USA at the Maccabi Australia Games and won a Bronze medal in Doubles.

This Summer at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp

Jason is extremely excited to be back at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp. He’s eager to see many returning faces and to help develop confidence on and off the court.

Parent Play-by-Play: Summer 2019

Posted by April 1, 2019 • Share:

Summer is just around the corner and there’s a lot of information about camp that we want to share. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sending a series of emails on the most important topics to help prepare your child (and you!) for a terrific experience at JCC Maccabi Sports Camp.

Missed an email? Don’t sweat it! Click below to catch up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shanah Tovah – Happy New Year!

Posted by September 18, 2017 • Share:

The start of a new year always brings with it much hope. Hope for new beginnings, hope for new opportunities, and hope for new personal and professional relationships.

As we move into a new year, in this difficult time in which we live, it is our hope that we all use each day, each moment, each breath to better ourselves and the world around us.

“If you‘re not going to be any better tomorrow than you were today, then what need do you have for tomorrow?” — Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

This year, JCC Maccabi Sports Camp turns 5 Years Old! As Rosh Hashanah quickly approaches, we reflect on the tremendous impact we have made on the lives of our campers and staff in our first four summers. We are proud of the strong Jewish community we have built through sports. And our team is excited and energized to further our mission in year five with new programs, new sports, and new initiatives.

Thank you for being part of this journey with us. L’shana tova, chag sameach, gut yontiff — whichever way you want to say it, we wish you a sweet and meaningful 5778!  May the joys of life, the power of community and the wonder of the universe fill this new year with possibility and hope.

Share Your Child’s Story – Help Save the J-1 Visa Program

Posted by September 5, 2017 • Share:

JCC Maccabi Sports Camp is asking our camp families to share a positive story or experience your child has had with one of our international staff members. We will pass these stories down to Washington D.C as we rally to keep the J-1 Visa Program alive. To share a story, click here.

 

 

 

 

JCC Maccabi Sports Camp believes wholeheartedly in the importance of cultural exchange. Nearly 40% of our summer staff comes from different parts of the world including Israel, England, Scotland, South Africa and Wales. Our international staff each bring a unique perspective, energy, and commitment to our camp community.

Hiring International Staff allows our campers to have a direct relationship with a person from a country and culture different than their own. It helps our campers learn how to ask questions, how to listen, and how to value differences and similarities. Those experiences, that direct relationship, helps build strong character.

Help Save the J-1 Visa Program

Posted by August 29, 2017 • Share:

According to reports in The Wall Street Journal, the Trump Administration is working to end the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor programs. An Executive Order may be released within the next 10 days disbanding several J-1 programs, putting an end to the hiring of international camp counselors and support staff at summer camps.

JCC Maccabi Sports Camp believes wholeheartedly in the importance of cultural exchange. Nearly 40% of our summer staff comes from different parts of the world including Israel, England, Scotland, South Africa and Wales. Our international staff each bring a unique perspective, energy, and commitment to our camp community.

Hiring International Staff allows our campers to have a direct relationship with a person from a country and culture different than their own. It helps our campers learn how to ask questions, how to listen, and how to value differences and similarities. Those experiences, that direct relationship, helps build strong character.

JCC Maccabi Sports Camp is asking our camp families to share a positive story or experience your child has had with one of our international staff members. We will pass these stories down to Washington D.C as we rally to keep the J-1 Visa Program alive. To share a story, click here.

Additionally, if you believe in the importance of cultural exchange as much as we do, please contact your local legislators and ask them to save the J-1 Visa Program. You can find a link to a sample email below. To find out who your local representatives are, click here.

We appreciate your support!

Sincerely,
The JCC Maccabi Sports Camp Family

 

Sample Email:

Dear Legislator,

I am writing to ask you to help stop the possible White House changes to the U.S. State Department’s J-1 Visa programs, specifically the changes regarding Camp Counselors and Camp Summer Work Travel (SWT). 

As a parent who sends their child to an American summer camp, the recommended changes would have a drastic impact on my child, their camp, and the participation of thousands of American youth and international young adults in camp programs around the globe.

The international staff who come to work at summer camps expose American campers to people from different cultural, religious, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. In doing so, it provides a unique opportunity for campers to develop a greater understanding of diversity – both in the United States and worldwide.

The interactions children have with International Staff Members at camp allows them to build a deep, meaningful relationship with a person from a country and culture different than their own. It helps them learn how to ask questions, how to listen, and how to value differences and similarities. Those experiences, that direct relationship, helps build strong character in today’s youth that is greatly needed in our multicultural society.

There are also significant positive financial impacts international staff provide to each camp’s greater community and the entire country through travel and tourism. Additionally, hiring international staff does not result in fewer opportunities for American employees as each international staff member has unique skill sets that cannot be found in the American applicant pool.

I am asking you to protect the J-1 Camp Counselor program and the use of the Summer Work Travel program by America’s summer camps, as these programs are critical to the development of our children—the future of America.

Sincerely,

Parent of a Camper