MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE MASTERS MEN’S FASTPITCH SOFTBALL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 22, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Masters Softball Chair Mike Goldman, along with Head Coach Tony Kahan and Player/Assistant Coach Billy Frank are pleased to announce the Masters Men’s Fastpitch Softball 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.

The athletes are Fred Cohen of Deerfield, IL; Dan Cosgrove of Los Angeles, CA; Glen Davis of Boulder, CO; Billy Frank of Los Angeles, CA; Terry Goldberg of Holland, PA; Mike Goldman of Harrison, NY; Tony Kahan of Glenview, IL; Paul Rubin of Scottsdale, AZ; Gregg Shamberg of Highland Park, IL; Larry Silfen of Los Angeles, CA; Russ Snow of Carlsbad, CA; Jeremy Spear of Honolulu, HI; Martin Weiner of Los Angeles, CA; and Jeffrey Weisbrot of Blue Ash, OH. Mark Berman is Base Coach/Field Coordinator.

“The Master’s fastpitch team is made up of guys from all over the country who are determined to win a gold medal for Team USA” said Goldman. “We made it to semi-finals of NAFA qualifying tournament in Las Vegas last month and are poised to play at a peak level in Israel. Most have won gold medals playing Open or Masters fastpitch softball at previous Maccabiah Games. We are all excited to represent the USA in the coming games and will do what we can to bring back the gold!”    

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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