The Maccabi Games only involve kids
and promotes strengthening the international Jewish community
through fair sportsmanship
and education. Participants are required to participate in volunteer
community services for a certain number of hours and to involve themselves in Israel education. Rising Jewish sports figures, such as Tamir Goodman
, give motivational speeches to both parents and athletes. Athletes learn about the community that sponsors the games by living in people's homes
and having a personal tour of the area by host families.
The Games also commemorate the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes by Black September at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.