Local residents' grandson participated in Maccabia Games
Jordan Schilit, 22, of Tampa, and grandson of Edith and Charles Schulman of Winter Springs, was asked back to once again participate in the 2013 Maccabia Games. In 2009, he ran in the Maccabia Games in Israel. For this year’s games he ran the 1500m and the 5K.
“It was exciting for Charles and me because JLTV broadcast live from the games,” said Edith.
An average-to-above-average runner who didn’t even make the high school varsity team (his freshman year), Schilit persisted, and by the time he gradated from high school, he won one state championship and four state championship runner-up medals.
Schilit was thrilled to be accepted at Haverford College in December of his senior year in high school, and able to train with “the greatest of coaches,” Coach Tom Donnelly. Schilit said, “I am an ordinary person with inner fire who strives for goals that at one point have seemed almost impossible.”
Schilit, now a 2013 graduate of Haverford College, ran track and field for Haverford for four years, being the only runner to win the 400m, 1000m and 1500m, all at the same competition. He has been recognized five times with All American status, and shares with another student an Athlete of the Year award.