Philadelphia, PA, December 12, 2007 – Brothers Matthew and Jameson Singer, both originally from Honeoyo Falls, NY, are joining the largest USA Team ever to compete in the 11th Pan American Maccabi Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Games take place from December 26, 2007 through January 2, 2008.
Matthew Singer, currently residing in Modesto, CA, is a member of the Open Men’s Fast-Pitch Softball Team. Singer’s experience in the sport includes playing four years of Baseball for the Rochester Institute of Technology where he held the top five career and single season records in runs scored, home-runs, walks, steals and doubles. He also was a three-sport varsity captain at Honeoye Falls High School in Baseball, Basketball and Football. Although Singer was contacted to join the USA Team for the 17th World Maccabiah Games in 2005, he passed on the opportunity to stay focused on playing Baseball at the collegiate level.? However, in his own words, “I am thrilled to now be a part of this unbelievable (Maccabi) experience!”
Younger brother Jameson, a recent graduate of Quinnipiac University, in Hamden, CT will be joining the USA Open Men’s Basketball Team at the Games.? He also attended Honeoye Falls High School, where he was County Championship Team Starting Guard and Lead Division 1 County in Scoring and three-point field goals from 2001 – 2003.? Jameson also played cornerback for the Varsity Football Team.? In addition to training for the Games since graduation, he has been interning with Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel in Public Relations and will manage a blog while in Buenos Aires, providing daily updates on the Games.? Upon being appointed to the Team, Jameson’s said, “I’m very excited to have this opportunity to play for the USA at the Pan American Maccabi Games.? Not many people have the opportunity to represent their country and I am honored to do that.”
Both Singer brothers will join 20 other sets of siblings that are part of 50 families with tow or more members competing for the USA at the Games.? They will have the opportunity to experience international athletic competition, cultural and educational experiences as members of Team USA and as brothers.
“Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel will send a contingent of close to 500 to the 11th Pan American Maccabi Games, in the Open, Youth, Juniors and Masters categories, joining an estimated 3,000 athletes from more than 20 countries,” said Phyllis Magerman, General Chair of the U.S. 11th Pan American Maccabi Games Organizing Committee. ?
Since 1948, Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel has sought to enrich the lives of Jewish youth in the United States, Israel and throughout the Diaspora through athletic, cultural and educational programs.? The organization is the sponsor of the U.S. Team to the World Maccabiah Games in Israel, the world’s third largest international sporting event.? It also sponsors U.S. participation in Maccabi competitions in Pan America, Europe and Australia and supports Jewish youth through the JCC Maccabi Games.