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Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Lacrosse Chairwoman Eve Levinson along with Head Coach Jessica Chadwin Hoepfl and Assistant Coach Sherrea Chadwin, are pleased to announce the Juniors Girls’ Lacrosse Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

For the first time in history, Lacrosse will be played at the World Maccabiah Games. When asked about her excitement to bring the inaugural Lacrosse team, Head Coach Chadwin said “to be chosen Head Coach of the first Juniors Girls Lacrosse Team for Maccabi USA is both a thrill and honor. I love lacrosse and am especially excited to reap the reward and benefits of playing the game of lacrosse through new opportunities around the world. I look forward to enjoying athletic success and sharing the cultural richness of the Maccabiah Games with my lacrosse team.”

The athletes are Kaisa Autumn of Portland, OR, Woodrow Wilson High School; Jori Balsam of Newton, MA, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School; Eliana Cowen of Rockville, MD, Thomas S. Wootton High School; Drew Kesslin of Carlsbad, CA, Carlsbad High School; Olivia Korman of Blue Bell, PA, Germantown Academy; Brynn Korpi of Rye Brook, NY, Blind Brook Middle School; Ariella Lerner of Great Neck, NY, Great Neck North High School; Natalie Mogul of New York, NY, The Trinity School; Anna Resnick of Glencoe, IL, New Trier High School; Claire Rosenfeld of Portland, OR, Catlin Gabel School; Talia Trakman of San Diego, CA, San Diego Jewish Academy; Alexandra Weinsten of Weston, MA, Noble & Greenough School; Nicole Weinsten of Weston, MA, Noble & Greenough School; and Rachel White of Bridgewater, NJ, Bridgewater Raritan Regional High School.

Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, 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 Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215-561-6900 or by 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 all over the world 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 becomes 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.


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