BOCA RATON, Fla. - Oftentimes, student-athletes will spend their summers attending class, getting specialized training for their respective sport, or just taking time off to relax or travel. For Jake Miednik of the Florida Atlantic University baseball team, he was afforded the unique opportunity to travel abroad, specifically as part of Birthright Israel, to learn more about his Jewish heritage and connect to the origins of that history and culture.
Miednik, a senior left-handed pitcher for the Owls, traversed to Israel this summer for a 10-day trip through Yael Adventures. He flew for over 12 hours, first to New York, with a layover in Europe, before arriving in Israel.
"Once I was there we went drove around and started the trip, then stayed in a hotel," said Miednik. "Mostly every night or every other night it was a new city and new hotel."
While there, Miednik toured throughout the country, visiting various historical and religious sites.
"A typical day was sight-seeing and us going to different spots in different cities around Israel," he said. "We were out all day, every day."
The goal of the trip, according to the company, is to "include the right balance of Intimacy, Authenticity, and Quality," and to experience, feel and engage with all that Israel has to offer. Miednik
"I would say it was a great experience and I would recommend it to others," he said.
For more of Miednik's impressions of the trip, view the video above from Inside the Owls' Burrow. He and the baseball team begin practice on Friday (Jan. 26) ahead of Opening Night in three weeks, on Feb. 16.