NEW YORK (Aug. 21)
The U.S. Maccabiah Team has begun recruiting Jewish athletes to participate in next year’s World Maccabiah Games in Israel.
The quadrennial games are scheduled to take place July 5-25.
“The Maccabiah Games create the opportunity for Jewish athletes to compete in a world-class international sporting event and to travel to Israel and explore their heritage,” said David Weissman, a member of the board of Maccabi USA/ Sports for Israel, a non-profit organization that sponsors the U.S. team.
Jewish athletes worldwide will compete in 32 sports. At the 1993 games, the 650-member American delegation joined 5,600 athletes from 56 countries for the two-week competition.
To assemble the 1997 U.S. team, tryouts for two sports have been scheduled.
The tryout for the U.S. Maccabiah Ice Hockey Team is scheduled for this weekend at the Southfield Sports Arena in Southfield, Mich.
Next year’s Maccabiah Games will include ice hockey for the first time.
A tryout for male softball players is scheduled for Sept. 4 at Proesel Park in Lincolnwood, Ill.
Jewish athletes interested in trying out for these and other sport teams should contact Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel at 1926 Arch St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19103. Or, call (215) 561-6181.