Isadore “Izzy” Keil

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For five decades, Wilmington businessman Isadore “Izzy” Keil was a leading trapshooter in Delaware and on the East Coast, and a multi-sport athlete at the Wilmington YMCA in its heyday as the
center of amateur athletics in Delaware.  Izzy entered his first trapshooting match in 1918.  He won numerous state and regional competitions, capping his career as a member of the United
States trapshooting team in the 1961 Maccabiah Games in Israel.  At age 68, he was the oldest participant.  During his trapshooting career, Keil registered 45,150 targets before a vision
problem forced his retirement.  He won the Delaware state handicap championships in 1943, 1945 and 1949, captured the singles title in 1945 and 1960 and topped the all-around trap standings in
1944.  Keil also won the Delaware Class C championships in 1932 and 1952.  Izzy captured the Penn-Del Twilight League and Quaker City trapshooting titles as well as several Roxborough Gun
Club shooting titles.  As a young man, Keil was an outstanding volleyball player at the Wilmington YMCA.  He played on the Y volleyball team for 17 years, twice participating in national
competition.  In 1924, Izzy teamed with Ralph Durstein to win the state doubles volleyball title.  He later served on the YMCA Board of Directors and was a member for more than 50
years.  Keil also set several bowling records while competing for the YMCA.



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