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August 26, 1994 - Image 139

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-08-26

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N.J., and was denied a chance to
participate in the medal round
because of its 1-3 record in pool
play. But there were plenty of
heroes.
Hallie Fox put on quite a show
in left field, making four out-
standing running catches. She
also had a two-run single which
kept Detroit in the game. The lo-
cal girls twice climbed within one
run of Tenafly, but they couldn't
get over the hump.
Detroit played the game with-
out catcher Emily Friedman and
shortstop Stacy Schwartz.
Besides being solid fielders at key
positions, they were Detroit's top
hitters.
Friedman injured her right
kneecap while sliding into sec-
ond base against Seattle.
Schwartz hurt an index finger on
her glove hand during Detroit's

victory over Cleveland White.
She played first base in the next
game against Seattle, but the fin-
ger was too swollen and painful
to allow her to play against
Tenafly.
The loss to Seattle hurt, and
so did the injuries, but Detroit re-
sponded to the adversity in the
game against Tenafly. It could
have been because of Rudick's
coaching philosophy.
"From the first of our weekly
practices in late April, I stressed
that participation was the most
important part of the Maccabi
Games," Rudick said.
"I kept telling the girls that
winning would take care of itself
through extra effort and dedica-
tion. We didn't win, but it cer-
tainly wasn't because of a lack of
effort and dedication." ❑

Player's Death Stuns
Maccabi Games

STEVE STEIN STAFF WRITER

tragic dose of reality in-
terrupted the fun and
frivolity of the Jewish
Community Centers
North American Youth Maccabi
Games in Cleveland.
On the morning of Aug. 16, the
second of four days of competi-
tion, a 15-year-old basketball
player from Louisville, Ky., col-
lapsed during the early moments
of a game against Boston. He lat-
er died, becoming the first ath-
lete fatality in the 12-year history
of the Maccabi Games.
Drew Corson, a high-school
honor student and veteran
Maccabi athlete, was eulogized
at the closing ceremonies Aug.
18. Among the speakers were the
father from his host family in
Cleveland and Dr. Ben Berger,
father of Israeli Olympic weight-
lifter David Berger, who was
slain during the 1972 Games in
Munich.
The Louisville-Boston basket-
ball game at the Mayfield JCC in
Cleveland Heights was not com-
pleted. The next game at the JCC
was another boys 15-16 age
group consolation-round contest
between Detroit and Sephardic
(N.Y.)
"I wasn't there when Drew col-
lapsed, but a couple of our play-
ers were and they saw what
happened," said Detroit basket-
ball coach Howard Golding.
"What a tragedy. That marred
everything for the rest of the
Maccabi Games, but you have to
go on."
Until tests are completed, the
cause of Drew's death has been
listed as arrhythmia, an irregu-
lar heart beat. Drew's father,
Steve Corson, told the Cleveland
Plain Dealer that his son had no

history of health problems and
had undergone a physical just
prior to the Maccabi Games.
According to observers, Drew
had just entered the game when
he fell while helping set up an of-
fensive play. A doctor assigned to
the game administered CPR and
the rescue squad from the
Cleveland Heights Fire
Department, next door to the
JCC, was on the scene in a few
minutes.
At 10:38 a.m., Drew arrived
at nearby Rainbow Babies and
Children's Hospital, where he
was pronounced dead. At about
7 that evening, the 19-member
Louisville delegation left on a
chartered bus and headed home.
Before the end of the day, a let-
ter was sent to host families by
David Kleinman, executive vice
president of the Cleveland Jewish
Community Centers.
It detailed Drew's death and
noted that counselors were avail-
able for athletes. It also encour-
aged athletes to call their parents
if they wanted to do so.
For the remainder of the
Maccabi Games, flags were flown
at half-mast at athletic sites and
host hotels.
Many athletes wore black rib-
bons on their uniforms. Members
of the Chicago boys volleyball
team wrote the name "Drew"
above the ribbons on their jer-
seys.
A moment of silence was ob-
served at all athletic venues be-
fore competition resumed Aug.
17.
Drew had played in previous
Maccabi Games in Baltimore and
St. Louis. He is survived by his
parents and a younger brother
and sister. ❑

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