Philadelphia, PA, October 17, 2008 – Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel still has opportunities for Jewish athletes to apply to represent Team USA in various sports and divisions at the 18th World “Chai” Maccabiah Games. Athletes that compete in the following Sports are encouraged to apply for the Team at https://maccabiusa.com/. Details regarding age and gender requirements, if applicable, are listed on each sport’s dedicated page in the Sports section of the website.

Open Sports Competition: Cycling, Fencing, Field Hockey, Futsal, Gymnastics, Half Marathon, Judo, Karate, Lawn Bowls, Rhythmic Gymnastics (F), Rowing, Soccer, Softball (F), Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis (M), Taekwondo, Ten Pin Bowling, Tennis, Track & Field, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo (M), Wrestling (M).

 

Juniors Sports Competition: Baseball (M), Karate, Gymnastics, Judo, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball (F).

Masters Sports Competition: Cycling, Half Marathon, Soccer (M), Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis (M), Tennis, Triathlon.

Athletes interested in applying for Tennis should apply in the next week as Masters Tennis tryouts are scheduled for November 2 – 3, and Open and Juniors Tennis tryouts are scheduled for November 14 – 16. Others Sports tryouts scheduled for the remainder of 2008 include: Fencing, Field Hockey, Futsal, Gymnastics and Water Polo.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel (MUSA) has 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, the Pan American Maccabi Games and the Maccabi competitions in Europe and Australia, as well as a co-founder 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.? They strive to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.? MUSA support programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish continuity, Zionism and excellence in sport.?

“Now more than ever, we need to get involved and committed to building a proud Jewish Identity among our young people in the U.S., Israel and the Diaspora,” stated Ron Carner, General Chairman, USA Maccabiah Team. “The Maccabiah (Games) is not just about sports, but about providing for these young people a Jewish awareness of who they are, where they come from and where they are going.”

The World Maccabiah Games are a quadrennial event that takes place in Israel.? The 18th World Maccabiah Games, scheduled for July 13 – 23, 2009 will be the world’s third largest international athletic competition.? Over 9000 of the world’s best Jewish athletes from six continents and over 60 countries will compete at the Games.

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