MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE OPEN EQUESTRIAN TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, February 28, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Equestrian Co-Chairs, Sandra Cohen and Anna Sylvan-Jaffe are pleased to announce the Open Equestrian Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games. The Games will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Team USA will bring four jumping riders and four dressage riders.

The Team USA Jumping Team members are: Andrea Glazer of Louisville, KY; Cloe Hymowitz of New York, NY; Haley Schaufeld of Wellington, FL; Sydney Shulman of Greenwich, CT.

The Team USA Dressage Team members are Hope Cooper of Concord, MA; E. Rebecca Cord of Cochranville, PA; Leah Johnson Marks of Ellenwood, GA; Anna Sylvan-Jaffe of Fitchburg, MA.

Team selection for dressage was organized by Jessica Rattner and Oded Shimoni, Kate Levy and Neal Shapiro selected the jumping team. Kate will serve as the Head Coach for Team USA.

This will be the second time that the Equestrian competition will be part of the World Maccabiah Games.  Equestrians will be part of the overall 1,100+ member Team USA at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games, comprised of 10,000 athletes, from 80 countries, participating in 43 sports.

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 or to schedule an interview, please contact Sandra Cohen, Equestrian Sport Chair at maccabiusaequestrian@gmail.com or Shane Carr, Maccabi USA Program Director 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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