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Philadelphia, PA, July 6, 2016 – David Rudzinsky, Overall Rugby Chairman for the 20th World Maccabiah Games USA Organizing Committee, has chosen Gregory Schor Haskin to be the Head Coach of Team USA’s Juniors Boys’ Rugby team in Israel, July 4-18, 2017. The USA Juniors Boys’ Rugby team members will be part of the overall 1,200+ member USA Team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games.

Schor Haskin is a four-time Maccabi USA alumnus, winning four medals and twice representing the United States as a player and twice as an Assistant Coach. He most recently won gold and bronze medals as the Assistant Coach for Team USA’s Rugby 7s and 15s teams, respectively, at the 2013 World Maccabiah Games. He has coached the USA Rugby Women’s National 7s team as well as the Atlantis Rugby u-16 Boys team, which just won the championship at the Las Vegas Invitational in March 2016. Currently, Schor Haskin is a Doctor of Chiropractic in Hollywood, Florida.

“My experience at the World Maccabiah Games in 1993 left a lasting impression on me that I always wanted to give back to youth rugby,” Schor Haskin said. “The camaraderie among the Jewish athletes at the World Maccabiah Games is excellent and the competition high. Spending almost a month in Israel experiencing our Jewish ancestry is very important, and I am excited to provide the same experiences I’ve had to my players.”

Maccabi USA is seeking qualified Jewish athletes to represent Team USA in Rugby at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in the following divisions: Juniors Boys (born 1999-2000) and Open Men’s 15s & 7s (ages 18-35).

The 20th World Maccabiah Games are the world’s third largest international sporting event and will consist of over 9,000 athletes from 75 countries participating in 42 different sports. To learn more about the sports and age divisions offered, please visit our website.

The World Maccabiah Games are more than an international sporting competition; they are a celebration of Jewish culture, unity and pride. ISRAEL CONNECT, Maccabi USA’s unique cultural and educational program, takes place for seven days prior to the start of the Games. All Juniors, Youth, Open and Paralympic athletes must participate in the program, where they have the opportunity to tour historical and religious sites, take part in cultural identity seminars and train with their teams, all while developing lifelong relationships.

For more information, please contact David Rudzinsky at 617.799.8045 or via 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 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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