Philadelphia, PA, November 1, 2007 – Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel will send a Team of close to 500 athletes,representing the United States, to the 11th Pan American Maccabi Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Games will take place December 26, 2007 – January 2, 2008.

“Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel will send a Team of 500 people 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. Joining the athletes will be a group of over 370 family and friends to support the Team, along with the Team, the USA Delegation will be close to 900 strong.

The Games are about more than the athletic competitions, they provide an opportunity for the entire delegation to get to know, firsthand, the people and culture of the Buenos Aires Jewish Community. There will be dedicated time for touring the city and participating in local customs as well as for the Team to meet other Jewish athletes from around the world. Delegations from throughout the Americas, Australia, Europe and Israel will participate in these Games.

The USA delegation will consist of athletes, coaches, managers and medical staff from 32 states.? Athletes will participate in individual and team sports in the following sports: Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Field Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Half Marathon, Judo, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Ten-Pin Bowling, Triathlon, Volleyball and Water Polo.? Athletes range in age from 15 to over 75 years in divisions including Juniors, Youth, Open, Masters and Grand Masters levels.?

About Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel
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.