Abby Bergman of the Smith College swimming and diving team has been selected for the Team USA roster that will compete at the 13th Pan American Maccabi Games in Chile from December 27, 2015 – January 4, 2016.
“I am thrilled to represent Team USA at the Pan American Maccabi Games,” said Bergman. (pictured left with her baby cousin) “It is an honor to have the opportunity to compete with athletes from all over the world.”
Bergman will join Team USA, which consists of 314 athletes on 33 teams in Open, Juniors, Youth and Masters divisions competing in 14 sports: Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Chess, Field Hockey, Futsal, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Rugby, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball. The remainder of Team USA is comprised of Coaches, Managers and Medical Staff. Participants are student-athletes at various colleges and universities, including Ball State University, Bucknell University, Colby College, Columbia University, Princeton University, St. John’s University, Smith College, Swarthmore College, Tufts University, University of Rochester, University of Vermont, Wittenberg University and Yeshiva University.
“It is very important for the American Jewish community to support our Maccabi family in Chile,” Lou Moyerman, General Chairman, 13th Pan American Maccabi Games USA Organizing Committe, says. “We will build Jewish pride through sports as well as through three community service projects, including a food drive, hospital visits, and free eye examinations and glasses for over 1,000 Chilean children. Our delegation can’t wait to fill the air with sportsmanship and camaraderie.”
Maccabi USA has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit organization is one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.