In 2013 Julie Tucker was forwarded an email by her boss from a local doctor of, “seeking Jewish athletic trainers” to volunteer at the 19th World Maccabiah Games in Israel. After doing some research on Maccabi USA, Julie decided that this opportunity would allow her to gain international experience and “work with a variety of doctors and other athletic trainers throughout the country.” With this in mind, and a personal desire to take her first trip to Israel, Julie applied to join the medical team. Fortunately for her (and for us!) she was selected to join Team USA as a Certified Athletic Trainer. Six years and four Games later, Julie will embark on her fifth adventure with Maccabi USA, serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for the 15th European Maccabi Games, July 28-August 7, 2019, in Budapest, Hungary.
Julie received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training from West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health from California University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the Head Athletic Trainer and Middle School Health Teacher at a small independent school in her hometown of Silver Spring, MD. She grew up doing round offs and cartwheels as a gymnast but enjoys watching and working with contact sports: hockey, football, and rugby, just to name a few. She is a member of the National Athletic Training Association.
When asked why she continues to volunteer with Maccabi USA, she replied, “I had an experience of a lifetime to represent the USA while educating those around me about being an athletic trainer and the services we can provide.” “The Games are not just about the competition but also about the bond you create with those around you. Each experience has been completely different and unique in their own way. I have expanded myself professionally, as well as created friendships that will last a lifetime.” The Games “allow you to branch out and undergo new challenges and accomplishments all while doing something that you love and are passionate about.” Through her participation with Maccabi USA, Julie gained a sense of Jewish pride, something she had never felt until volunteering for her first games in 2013. “All of the hard work of planning, preparations, tryouts, camps, etc. are all worth it the moment you touch down in a new country to represent your own country. I feel extremely lucky to be able to volunteer for my 5th Games this summer!”