Maccabi USA is searching for elite Jewish athletes and volunteer staff to represent the United States at the 13th Pan American Maccabi Games in Santiago, Chile, Dec. 28 to Jan. 4.Maccabi USA Seeks Pan Am Athletes 1

The Pan Am Maccabi Games will feature competition in four age groups — youth, juniors, open and masters — ranging from 15 to 85 years old. Sports will include basketball, beach volleyball, chess, dance, field hockey, futsal, golf, gymnastics, half-marathon, judo, karate, rugby 7s, rugby 15s, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and water polo.

Delegations from 25 countries are expected to send some 3,000 athletes to the games. Maccabi USA’s delegation is slated to consist of around 500 participants.

Chile last hosted the Pan American Games in 2003, when it replaced Venezuela at the last minute because of political unrest in the planned host country.

“This is just a great opportunity for Jewish athletes to meet other Jewish athletes from all over the world,” said Shane Carr, the Maccabi USA program director. “For people who are curious about competing, the best thing to do is call us and see if they should move forward with the application process.”

Maccabi USA is recruiting the following athletes:

  • Swimmers, all ages.
  • Tennis players, all ages.
  • Golfers, 19 and older.
  • Table tennis players, all ages.
  • Half-marathoners, 18 and older.
  • Soccer players, young men born in 1997 and 1998 and women 18 and older.
  • Field hockey players, women 18 and older.
  • Volleyball players, women 18 and older.

To apply, contact Carr at 267-627-5647 or scarr@maccabiusa.com.