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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 14, 2017 PAGE 7A age categories mostly to accommodate older com- petitors. The Open Division is generally unlimited in age--subject to the govern- ing international rules in each sport--and is intended for the best athletes from each delegation. Maccabiah Games officials offer the athletes opportuni- ties to tour the land of Israel and integrate all Maccabiah participants with the Israeli society and localities in the country; initiating and creat- ing an unforgettable experi- ence comprised of competitive sports, cultural events and lifetime memorable experi- ences. In addition to being com- petitive, the sports competi- tions are also dedicated to the values of fair play, mu- tual respect, victory of body, intellect, and the pursuit of excellence. The 20th Maccabiah Games is going to be the biggest since the Games started in 1932- including about 10,000 ath- letes and 22,000 fans from more than 80 countries. Besides meeting each other in competitive matches in the most qualified stadiums, Israelis and Jews from every corner of the world will join in countless programs designed to build strong relationships and significant shared experi- ences. Maccabiah 2017 will cele- brate the 50 years of Jerusalem since its reunification in 1967 at the Opening Ceremonies of the Games and many other events. Located in Philadelphia, Maccabi USA is a nonprofit organization which serves as the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games in Israel and other Maccabi com- petitions around the world. Zev Halikman Former Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) student-athletesAdam Green- berg (University of Illinois, 2010), Zev Halikman (Florida Atlantic University, 2017), Da- vid Melnick (Northwestern University, 2011) and Ory Tasman(Massachusetts In- stitute of Technology, 2016/ University of Central Flori- da women's collegiate club coach) comprise nearly a quarter of the total roster that the United States will send to compete in Open Men's Water Polo competition at the 20th World Maccabiah Games on July 4-18, 2017, in Israel. Team USA is among seven nations competing in men's water polo action at the Mac- cabiah Games as Canada, Germany, Hungary, Mexico, Brazil and host Israel will all battle for international bragging rights. The United States will bring in excess of 1,100 athletes to Israel to be part of an event in which 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries participate in 43 different sports. The Maccabiah Games is the world's largest Jewish athletic competition in the tradition of the Maccabees-- emphasizing the centrality of the State of Israel in the life of the Jewish people. The Maccabees were the leaders of a Jewish rebel army that took control of Judea between 164 BCE and 63 BCE and reasserted the Jewish religion in the area. The Maccabiah Games take place every fouryears in Israel. They are the Maccabi World Union's largest and most famous enterprise. The principal mission of the Maccabiah Games is to facilitate a worldwide gather- ing of young Jewish athletes in Israel--staging the highest possible levels of sports com- petitions and strengthening their connection to Israel and the Jewish people. Within the Maccabiah Games, there are fourseparate competitions that take place: Open, Juniors, Masters and Paralympics. Juniors games are open to any qualifying athlete ages 15-18. Masters are divided into a number of different