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Philadelphia, PA, January 25, 2018 – Drew Golin, Overall Basketball Chairman for the 2018 International Maccabi Youth Games, is pleased to announce the appointment of Danny Schayes as Head Coach for one of the Youth Men’s Basketball teams at the 2018 International Maccabi Youth Games. Danny is a 3-time alumnus of Maccabi USA; twice as an athlete at the 10th and 11th Maccabiot, and as a Head Coach at the 19th Maccabiah Games, each time bringing home a gold medal.

“I played in my first Maccabiah in 1977, since then I’ve had 6 family members participate, including my father, Dolph” said Schayes. “I guess you could say that the Schayes family footprints are in Israel and vise versa. Now that my son Logan is playing, I have the opportunity to share this experience with him and add another member to the Maccabi Family.”

Danny has a lifelong relationship with both basketball and the Maccabiah Games. He was a High School All American and star at Syracuse University. After college, Danny played 18 years in the NBA. He was first introduced to the Maccabiah Games by his father, basketball Hall of Famer and NBA star Dolph Schayes. Danny first went to Israel for the 10th Maccabiah Games in 1977 as a high school senior where his team won gold by upsetting Israel in the finals; this was a turning point in his life and his relationship to Judaism.

Danny returned to Israel for the 10th Maccabiah Games in 1981 as an athlete, a sponsor of the 1993 Games, and once again as Head Coach of the Masters 35+ Basketball Team at the 19th Maccabiah Games in 2013 leading them to a gold medal.

The Maccabi Youth Games will take place in Israel, July 22-August 1, 2018. The Games are in cooperation with JCC Association, the JCC Maccabi Games, BBYO, and Maccabi organizations around the world. Maccabi USA is looking to field a USA Team that is 300+ strong. The USA delegation will be part of approximately 1,200 participants from around the world including Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Israel, and South Africa. There will be six days of competition in around the city of Haifa, followed by three days of touring based in Jerusalem. The Games will consist of U.S. teams for Boys and Girls born 2002-2004 in Baseball (M), Basketball, Futsal (M), Rugby 7’s (M), Soccer, Softball (F), and Volleyball. To learn more about the sports offered and to access an application, please visit Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information, please contact Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215.561.6900 or by email at

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 all over the world 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 has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit Organization becomes one of 35 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, and is rated as a four-star non-profit by Charity Navigator.  


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