Philadelphia, PA, May 18 – Rich Grodin, Chairman, Masters Men’s Basketball announced today that NBA and Maccabiah Basketball Alumnus Danny Schayes, will coach the Masters Men’s Basketball Team that will participate in the 19thWorld Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 17 – 30, 2013.

Schayes, who played center for 18 years in the NBA also competed for Team USA at the 10th (1977) and 11th (1981) Maccabiah Games, where the team won gold medals. A 1981 graduate of Syracuse University, he was named both All-American and All-Academic as well as the 1981 All-Big East first team. Schayes is an inductee of both the Syracuse University Hall of Fame and New York Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.  He is the son of NBA Legend Dolph Schayes.

“I have a great appreciation for the Maccabi Movement and was fortunate to be a Maccabiah athlete twice. I enjoyed a great basketball experience, but more importantly an exceptional cultural experience,” Schayes said. “I look forward to going to Israel again and sharing the trip with the entire USA contingent. The energy around the [Maccabiah] Games is tremendous, befitting its place as one of the world’s premier multi-sport events. It is even more special as a cultural event.”

Schayes is looking to recruit the best male basketball athletes that are 35 years of age and older for his team.  Tryouts have been scheduled for September 8th & 9th in the Metro New York area.  Any interested candidates must first apply for the team at maccabiusa.com.

“We are thrilled to have Danny on board as Head Coach for our Masters Men’s Basketball Team,” said Jeff Bukantz, General Chairman of the USA 19th Maccabiah Organizing Committee. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience to the Team and we are all looking forward to a highly competitive Masters Basketball competition.”

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, the Pan American Maccabi Games and the Maccabi competitions in Europe and Australia, 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.

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