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June 07, 1985 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-06-07

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30 Friday, June 7, 1985




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Part of the Michigan team is shown at a reception. In front are,
from left, Jeff Kuvin, Natalie Greenspan and Dan Israel. Standing
are Max Sheldon and Harry Swimmer of the U.S. Committee Sports
for Israel, Eugene Perle and Leonard Brose.

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athletes from 38 countries
are expected to participate
this year, competing in 31
sports. The Games are the
third largest international
competition and are recog-
nized by the International
Olympic Committee. All U.S.
participants are sponsored by
the United States Committee
Sports for Israel, headquar-
tered in Philadelphia.
"The development of a
healthy mind in a healthy
body is today, as 90 years
ago, still one of the main
goals of our Maccabi educa-
tion and is being carried out
faithfully," says Max Shel-
don, 68-yar-old realtor from
Farmington Hills and Michi-
gan representative of the
U.S. Committee Sports For
Israel, who participated in
the Games some 50 years
More important than the
health aspect, however, is
the emphasis on Jewish heri-
tage and identification with
the people and the land of Is-
rael, Sheldon says.
But while Sheldon likes to
dwell on the history and cul-
tural heritage aspects, the
participants are quite natur-
ally caught up in the aura of
world-class competition
(many for the first time).
"I'm given an opportunity
to compete on a much higher
scale than I ever have be-
fore," says Natalie
Greenspan of Birmingham, a
17-year-old sprinter from De-
troit Country Day School
who last year competed in
the National Maccabi Youth
Games held here at the main
Jewish Community Center.
"We're given a chance to
meet athletes from all over
the world," she says. ". . I
think it's going to be very


difficult competition. There
will be a college people. I'm
going to do the best I can. I'll
run my best times and hope-
fully that'll fare well with
the competition."
She expects to run in the
100 and 200 meter races and
perhaps in the 440 and 880
relays and maybe the mile
relay. Last year she was a
member of the Country Day
team that won the state
Class C track championship.
She has been accorded all-
league, all-county and all-
state honors.
For Glen Zatz, 29-year-old
rugby player from Dearborn
Heights, the Maccabiah
.Games in Tel Aviv "should
be very interesting not only
because of the competition,
but because of all the histor-
ical sights. We'll be in the
homeland of the Jewish
people. From what I under-
stand they are planning a lot
of events and tours of the
country. That should be as
interesting as the competi-
That aspect helped moti-
vate Zatz to try out for the
U.S. team, "and I wanted to
see how good I was. I just
wanted to see how I stacked
up against other people —
plus I'm not getting any
younger. When you start to
get around 30 you begin to
notice yourself slowing down,
so I figured if I ever am
going to do it it would have
to be this year."
Zatz, an attorney with de-
grees from the University of
Michigan and Northwestern,
won a spot on the rugby
team after impressing during
a three-day tryout in
Chicago this spring.
"They put you through a
series of conditioning tests

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