MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE OPEN WOMEN’S BEACH VOLLEYBALL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, April 27, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Volleyball Co-Chairs, Samuel Moyerman, Ross Rosner, Matthew Susson, and Mark Susson are pleased to announce the Open Women’s Beach Volleyball 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 Samantha Lemmon of Delray Beach, FL, Boca Raton High School; and Macie Tendrich of Boynton Beach, FL, University of South Carolina.

Samantha has competed in over 70 volleyball tournaments, winning at the juniors, women’s, and co-ed levels. Prior to moving to Florida to play beach volleyball year-round, Samantha started the first ever sand/indoor volleyball team, “Hybrid” in St. Louis, MO. She has committed to play beach volleyball at Florida International University, fall of 2017. Macie is a 3-year starter for the University of South Carolina Beach Volleyball Team. She set a school record for 27 wins, the most in a season in 2017, has the leading all-time career wins of 71 points, and is a 2-time co-MVP for the USC Beach Volleyball team. The 20th World Maccabiah Games will be the first time that Samantha and Macie will compete as Team USA athletes.

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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