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Philadelphia, PA, February 17, 2011 – Adam Chaskin, Assistant Coach at Siena College, has been appointed to coach the USA Juniors Boys’ Basketball Team at the 13th European Maccabi Games in Vienna, July 2011.  Chaskin served as a Coach in the 14th and 15th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, as well as the 8th Pan American Maccabi Games in Argentina. He has also been involved with the JCC Maccabi program for 20 years and is active with the Albany, NY JCC Team.

Chaskin has had numerous other coaching experiences which include Head Coach of the Washington DC Area All-Star Team that competed in Belgium in 1995, Assistant Coach at Elon College from 1997-99 where he assisted the Phoenix in their successful transition to NCAA Division I, Assistant Coach at North Carolina A&T 1999-2002, and Assistant Coach at University of North Carolina Greensboro from 2002-2005. He was appointed as Assistant Coach for Siena College in 2005. In the summer of 2007, Chaskin volunteered with Hoops4Kids, a non-profit organization in Niger that provides education and empowerment through the sport of basketball.

“I am extremely excited, and it is an honor to be appointed the Head Coach of the Juniors Boys’ Basketball Team that will be traveling to Vienna this summer”, Chaskin said.  The Games are an amazing experience and I cannot wait to go to Vienna with our Team and have a great time, both on and off the court. Being previously involved with Maccabi left such a great impression on me that I am honored to have remained involved.”

Chaskin’s love of coaching and familiarity with the Maccabi Games will be an added bonus for his team.  He expects to field a team that will play unselfishly, care incredibly for each other and compete together to perform as well as possible during the Games.  Interested athletes should visit the Maccabi USA website at to learn more about eligibility, download the application, and apply for the team.

If you need further information regarding sports offered and eligibility, you may contact Stephanie Sorkin at 215.561.6900 x110 or

In addition to competition with other Jewish athletes from throughout Europe, Israel and the Diaspora, there will be opportunities to explore the culture and history of the Jewish People in Vienna.  The Games will be aired on JLTV throughout the competition.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel (MUSA) has 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.


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