MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE MASTERS MEN’S 45+ BASKETBALL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 8, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Masters Men’s 45+ Basketball Chairman David Kantor, along with Head Coach Todd Schayes is pleased to announce the Masters Men’s 45+ Basketball 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.

Head Coach Schayes is currently the Varsity Head Basketball Coach at Kent Denver School and is a four-time alum of the Maccabiah Games. The athletes are Eric Abel of Owings Mills, MD; Scott Alterman of Atlanta, GA; Jason Aspes of Atlanta, GA; David Cohen-Mintz of New York, NY; Michael Foonberg of Denver, CO; James “Jimmy” Kieserman of Dresher, PA; Albert Moscatel of Mercer Island, WA; Michael Nekritz of Northbrook, IL; David Rothstein of Pinecrest, FL; Todd Tyrrell of Denver, CO; David Webner of Narberth, PA; and Josh Wexler of Bronx, NY.

“Team USA’s Masters Men’s 45+ Basketball Team is incredibly excited about the upcoming 20th World Maccabiah Games, as we try to secure the first Maccabiah gold medal for this age group” said Schayes. The 12-man roster is made up of former Division I basketball players, plus a trio of hoopsters (Jimmy Kieserman, Al Moscatel, and Josh Wexler) who were teammates on the 1993 Maccabiah Open Men’s Basketball Team. We look forward to combining our love of Israel, Judaism, and hoops into two weeks that we will never forget – go USA!”

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 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 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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