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Philadelphia, PA, May 20, 2019 – Maccabi USA Swimming Chair Alan Tresser along with Open Head Coach Robert Strauss is pleased to announce the Open and Masters Swimming Teams for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games which will take place July 5-15, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 400+ athletes who will join the other 2,500 Jewish athletes from 19 countries, participating in 24 different sports.

Head Coach Strauss is the Co-Founder of Swim Gym, a swim school that enriches the lives of babies, toddlers, school-age children, teens, and adults to teach them how to be safer and stronger swimmers. It is a member of the Florida Gold Coast Swimming Club and participated in the 1972 Summer Olympics as a representative of Mexico. He participated at the Pan American Maccabi Games in Sao Paolo, Chile in 1966, as well as at the 1969 and 1973 Maccabiah Games. He served as Head Coach at the Pan American Maccabi Games in Uruguay in 1991 and in Argentina in 2007. The Open athletes are Emily Claridge of Pleasanton, CA: Samuel Gavrilov of Brooklyn, NY; and Peyton Lienhart of Willowbrook, IL.

The Masters athletes are Melinda Conley of The Woodlands, TX and Miriam Leitko of Willis, TX.

The Games are hosted by the Confederacion Latinoamericana Maccabi (CLAM). They are conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union and are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held. The Pan American Maccabi Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

For more information, please contact Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215-561-6900 or by email at

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities It strives to provide Jewish athletes all over the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings. MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.


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