MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE OPEN WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM FOR THE 14TH PAN AMERICAN MACCABI GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 17, 2019 – Maccabi USA Open Women’s Soccer Co-Chairs Bryan Fiedler and Jeanie Milbauer along with Head Coach Rachael Sushner and Assistant Coach Dana Schwartz are pleased to announce the Open Women’s Soccer Team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games which will take place July 5-15, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 400+ athletes who will join the other 2,500 Jewish athletes from 19 countries, participating in 24 different sports.

Head Coach Sushner was recently named the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Prior to Trinity College, Sushner was the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She led St. Olaf to a 27-21-4 record over the past three seasons. Assistant Coach Schwartz was part of the gold medal winning Open Women’s Soccer Teams for the 2009 and 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel. She was a member of the Vanderbilt University Women’s Soccer Team and played professionally at the ASA Tel Aviv Club in Israel’s Women’s First League. The athletes are Orian Bar of Charlotte, NC, West Virginia Wesleyan College; Shani Breiman of Brookline, MA, Connecticut College; Nicole Chezes of Missouri City, TX, Houston Dash; Ellie Davis of Port Washington, NY, Marist College; Emma Dayan of Brooklyn, NY, Parsons School of Design; Natasha Friedman of Brighton, MA, Simmons College (’17); Alexandra Knapp of Washington, DC, WAGS; Emily Lorry of Wynnewood, PA, Connecticut College; Leigh Rosenthal of Burnsville, MN, St. Olaf College; Nicole Sayd of San Diego, CA, Carmel Valley Sharks; Morgan Sherman of Camarillo, CA, University of Texas at Dallas; Denise Shkurovich of Encino, CA, Duke University; Rachel White of Bryn Mawr, PA, Emory University; and Arielle Williamson of Denver, CO, Emory University.

The Games are hosted by the Confederacion Latinoamericana Maccabi (CLAM). They are conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union and are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held. The Pan American Maccabi Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora.

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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