MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES TEAM TO COMPETE AT THE 13TH PAN AMERICAN MACCABI GAMES IN CHILE

 

Philadelphia, PA, December 15th, 2015– Lou Moyerman, General Chairman, 13th Pan American Maccabi Games USA Organizing Committee, announced the appointment of Team USA.  He is excited to lead the delegation for these Games, which take place from December 27, 2015-January 4, 2016.  More than 2,500 Jewish athletes from 22 countries will attend.

Team USA consists of 314 athletes on 33 teams in Open, Juniors, Youth and Masters divisions competing in 14 sports: Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Chess, Field Hockey, Futsal, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Rugby, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.  The remainder of the Team is comprised of Coaches, Managers and Medical Staff.

Team members reside in 32 states plus the District of Columbia and Sweden, including AL [1], AZ [6], CA [60], CO [7],  CT [4], DC [3], FL [24], GA [7], IL [12], IN [1], LA [2], MA [11], MD [18], ME [1], MI [3], MN [4], MO [2], NC [2], NH [2], NJ [29], NY [48], OH [9], OR [1], PA [27], RI [1], SC [2], Sweden [1], TN [3], TX [7], UT [1], VA [11], VT [1], WA [1] and WI [2].  Some are student-athletes at various NCAA colleges and universities, including Ball State University, Bucknell University, Colby College, Columbia University, Princeton University, St. John’s University, Swarthmore College, Tufts University, University of Rochester, University of Vermont, Wittenberg University and Yeshiva University.

“It is very important for the American Jewish community to support our Maccabi family in Chile,” Moyerman says. “We will build Jewish pride through sports as well as through three community service projects, including a food drive, hospital visits, and free eye examinations and glasses for over 1,000 Chilean children. Our delegation can’t wait to fill the air with sportsmanship and camaraderie.”

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, producing the emotional intensity, high ideals, and the powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, fans, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

For more information, please contact Shane Carr at 267.627.5647 or by email at scarr@maccabiusa.com.

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 has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit organization is 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.