MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE YOUTH MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, February 27, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Youth Men’s Basketball Chairman, Brian Seitz along with Head Coach Howard Fisher and Assistant Coaches Jeff Klein and Brian Seitz are pleased to announce the Youth Men’s 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.

Coach Fisher is the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA and Assistant Coach Klein is the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. The athletes are Amitai Afenjar of Los Angeles, CA, Milken Community High School; Sam Beskind of Tucson, AZ, Catalina Foothills High School; Jackson Blaufeld of Pittsburgh, PA, Taylor Allderdice High School; Bryan Knapp of Washington, DC, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School; Max Leibowitz of Encino, CA, Valley Torah High School; Griffin Levine of Parker TX, Yavneh Academy; Ben Lubarsky of Juno Beach, FL, The Benjamin School; Caleb Milobsky of Greenwood Village, CO, Cooper Yeshiva High School; Gabriel Ravetz of New York, NY, Blair Academy; Casey Ring of East Lansing, MI, East Lansing High School; Abraham Rosow of Brooklyn, NY, Yeshivah of Flatbush; Daniel Schlakman of Sharon, MA, Milton Academy.

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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