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Jewish Triathletes to Represent USA at Maccabiah Games
A select group of 24 triathletes will be a part of 1,000 Team USA athletes competing at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 12-23, 2009.
The event will bring together close to 7,000 Jewish athletes from 60 countries in what is the world’s third largest international sporting event.
Team members come from all over the USA, representing 41 states, and consist of 87 teams in 26 sports including Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cycling, Fencing, Field Hockey, Futsal, Golf, Gymnastics, Half Marathon, Judo, Karate, Rowing, Rugby, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Ten-Pin Bowling, Track & Field, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo and Wrestling.
“Sports is the hook that attracts Jewish athletes to our program,” said Ron Carner, General Chairman, USA Maccabiah Team. “By bringing such a large team and hundreds of additional supporters to the Maccabiah, we are showing our love and support for the State of Israel. The Maccabiah is not just about sports, but about providing athletes an awareness of their Jewish heritage – of who they are, where they come from and where they are going.”
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.