ADAM GINSBURG APPOINTED AS THE HEAD COACH FOR MACCABI USA’S JUNIORS BOYS’ BASKETBALL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 19th, 2016 – Steven Rosenberg, Juniors Boys’ Basketball Chairman of the USA Organizing Committee for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, has appointed Adam Ginsburg as Head Coach for Team USA’s Juniors Boys’ Basketball team. Ginsburg, the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Massachusetts, will lead a team of twelve athletes, born in 2001-2002, to compete in Israel, July 4-17, 2017. The World Maccabiah Games are the world’s third largest international sporting event, with over 9,000 total participants representing 75 countries. At the 19th World Maccabiah Games in 2013, Team USA’s Juniors Boys’ Basketball team won the silver medal.

“I am honored to have this opportunity to coach Team USA’s Juniors Boys’ Basketball team at the 20th World Maccabiah Games,” said Ginsburg. “Traveling to Israel to represent the United States in an international competition is a dream come true. I appreciate the full support of Coach Derek Kellogg [Head Men’s Basketball Coach, University of Massachusetts] to enable me to experience this special opportunity.”

Ginsburg joined the coaching staff at Massachusetts prior to the 2005-2006 season, making an immediate impact for the Minutemen, helping return the program to regional and national prominence. The Minutemen have made the postseason five times, advancing to the NIT Final Four in 2008 and 2012 as well as receiving a birth to the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament in 2014. His strong recruiting ability has led to the arrival of some of the best players from around the country as well as the top-ranked recruiting class for the 2016-2017 season in the Atlantic-10 (A-10) Conference. The program has recorded two Associated Press All-Americans, two A-10 Players of the Year, three A-10 Defensive Players of the Year, nine National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District picks and 12 All    A-10 honors during his time on the coaching staff.

Basketball has been a lifelong passion for Ginsburg, who played throughout his youth. His first exposure to the Maccabi Movement came in 1991 at the JCC Maccabi Games, where he competed as a basketball player for the Suffolk Y JCC playing for Coach Marty Riger, where the team earned a gold medal. He returned to coach in the Maccabi Games for The Sid Jacobsen JCC from 1996-1999, winning a bronze medal in the first year.

A graduate of the University of Buffalo in 1997, Adam served as a Team Manager for the Men’s Basketball team. Upon graduation, former Buffalo Assistant and current member of Baylor Men’s Basketball’s staff, Tim Maloney, assisted Ginsburg to land a Staff Assistant position with the Men’s Basketball team at the University of Florida, where the team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 1999. Prior to his arrival at Massachusetts, he also served as an Assistant Basketball Coach for four seasons at Northeastern University and two seasons at Towson University.

Maccabi USA is seeking qualified Jewish basketball players, born in 2001-2002, to compete on the Juniors Boys’ Basketball team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games. Applications for the Games and tryout information are available online now at maccabiusa.com.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

For more information, please contact Program Director, Shane Carr, at (215) 561-6900 x4147, or by email at scarr@maccabiusa.com.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an extensive history of enriching Jewish lives through athletic, cultural and educational programs.  The organization is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.  As the official Maccabi representative in the U.S., Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities.  It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.  MUSA supports programs that embody the Maccabi ideals of Jewish Continuity, Zionism and Excellence in Sport.  Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.

Maccabi USA is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The organization is one of 38 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.

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