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PHILADELPHIA,  June 24 – Maccabi USA (MUSA), the national organization of the Maccabi World Union that organizes the U.S. team for the World Maccabiah Games, has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee as a Multi-Sport Organization  partner. 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.

“The USOC is pleased to welcome Maccabi USA to its family of Multi-Sport Organizations,” said Alicia McConnell, Director, Training Sites and Community Partnerships.  “Maccabi USA’s efforts are a terrific example of how to enhance participation in sport at the national and international levels, and we look forward to working together to add more opportunities in the years to come.”

“We, at Maccabi USA, are proud and honored with this recognition by the USOC,” said Maccabi USA President Ron Carner. “We want to thank the USOC for acknowledging the effort required to organize the U.S. team’s participation in the World Maccabiah Games – the world’s third largest international sports competition.”

Located in Philadelphia, MUSA is preparing the U.S. team to compete at the 19th World Maccabiah Games, which will be held July 17-30, 2013, in Israel. The U.S. team will consist of 1,130 athletes, coaches and support staff, comprising the largest delegation to ever represent the U.S. at the quadrennial event. The 2013 Games will feature more than 8,500 athletes representing 80 nations worldwide.

About 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, the Pan American Maccabi Games, and the Maccabi competitions in Europe and Australia, 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 the world over 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.

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