Philadelphia, PA (June 17) – Christine Ferguson, of Montclair, NJ, will join the USA Open Women’s Field Hockey Team to participate in the 13th European Maccabi Games in Vienna Austria July 5 – 13.  These Games will be historically and emotionally significant as this will mark the largest gathering of Jews in Vienna since World War II.

Ferguson has been a starting defender for the Earlham Quakers during her freshman and sophomore years.  She was the second leading scorer for her Team this past year.  Additionally, Ferguson has been playing defense for the Quik Stix club team since 2005 and her Team won the 2010 National Club Team U19 Championship in 2010. She was all-county, all-league and all-state during her junior and senior years at Montclair High School.

A former club team coach, Mim Chappell-Eber, encouraged Ferguson to apply for the Maccabi USA Team in Field Hockey, which Chappell-Eber will be coaching.  Ferguson has a strong interest in the history of the Holocaust and is looking forward to the opportunity to learn more about it, firsthand, while in Vienna.

“It is an honor to represent my country at such a prestigious event [European Maccabi Games],” said Ferguson.  “I am expecting an incredibly high level of competition as I know that Europe is one of the hotbeds for international field hockey.”

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 co-founder 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.