"Moments after Jackson Blaufeld delivered a gold-medal performance at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel last week, he found his mother, Rachel, celebrating at Romema Arena.
"I ran up and hugged her," said Blaufeld, a junior at Allderdice High School. "It was crazy. We were jumping around, enjoying the moment. It was definitely one of the best experiences of my life."
Blaufeld scored a team-high 21 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Maccabi USA under-18 basketball team to a 92-80 comeback victory against host Israel in the championship game of an event known as the "Jewish Olympics."
The gold-medal ceremony, according to this 6-foot-2 sharpshooting guard, was surreal."