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November 17, 1989 - Image 55

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-11-17

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SPORTS

Setting Its Sites

From basketball courts to golf courses, Detroit Maccabi Club
has the locations in hand to let the 1990 Youth Games begin.

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RICHARD PEARL

Staff Writer

he idea, says Jay
Robinson, is to keep it
close.
Close, as in "close
together, not strung out all
over the place," the general
chairman of the 1990 Jewish
Community ,Center North
American Maccabi Youth
Games said as he announced
the venues for the competi-
tions which Detroit will host
next summer.
The Games, which will br-
ing to the Motor City 2,700

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athletes and coaches from
around the world Aug. 19-
26, will be held at 14 sites
within about six miles of
each other.
That, Robinson believes,
should contrast favorably
with the 1988 Games hosted
by Chicago, which were
spread over a, 25- to 30-
square-mile area because of
that city's much larger
Jewish population. The
overall effect was to keep
many of the young athletes
isolated from their peers
much of the time, Robinson
noted.
"It's not only an athletic
event, it's a social event" in

which youngsters from
Detroit and other North
American Jewish com-
munities will be afforded a
rare chance to meet each
other and Jewish teenagers
from Mexico, South
America, Great Britain,
Israel and Australia, he ex-
plained.
"The way we'll have it set
up, the kids will be able to
play their particular sport at
one venue, jump on a bus
and get back to the Jewish
Community Center for, some
other activity or to see their
friends compete, to cheer
them on.
"We're not doing this just

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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