Philadelphia, PA, December 18 – Ari Markle, a Senior at Cleveland State University will be representing the United States as part of the U.S. Open Swim Team at the 11th Pan American Maccabi Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Games will take place from December 26, 2007 through January 2, 2008.

Markle, Co-Captain of the Cleveland State University Swim Team was also an impressive swimmer in High School. He was a two-year captain at Mayfield High School he also swam with the Wildcat Aquatic Club under Coach Frank Zatko and was a three-year State Qualifier and two-year State Finalist.

When asked how he felt to represent the USA in Buenos Aires, Ari responded, “I’m honored to represent the U.S. and my faith at these Games. I want to compete at my highest level and honor my paternal grandparents in Vermont.”

“Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel will send a contingent of close to 500 to the 11th Pan American Maccabi Games, in the Open, Youth, Juniors and Masters categories, joining an estimated 3,000 athletes from more than 20 countries,” said Phyllis Magerman, General Chair of the U.S. 11th Pan American Maccabi Games Organizing Committee.

Since 1948, Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel has sought to enrich the lives of Jewish youth in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora through athletic, cultural and educational programs.? The organization is the sponsor of the U.S. Team to the World Maccabiah Games in Israel, the world’s third largest international sporting event.? It also sponsors U.S. participation in Maccabi competitions in Pan America, Europe and Australia and supports Jewish youth through the JCC Maccabi Games.