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MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL MACCABI MEDIA TEAM

Philadelphia, PA, February 7, 2022 – Maccabi USA is proud to announce the 14 members of its inaugural Maccabi Media Program. The student team was assembled after a comprehensive nationwide search for aspiring sports media professionals eager to apply their skills in play-by-play, color analysis, sideline reporting, videography, editing, social media, writing, and sports reporting during the 21st Maccabiah this summer in Israel. The program received more than 60 applications from current college students, recent college graduates, and high school students pursuing a career in sports media, journalism, or a related field.

 Name                                      School                                                                                        Hometown

Brian Barth                     Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School               New York, NY

Alex Burstein                  Lane Technical College Prep High School                     Chicago, IL

Griffin Epstein                Indiana University                                                                  Petaluma, CA

Noah Friedman              Arizona State University                                                       Pacific Palisades, CA

Zachary Gershman      Penn State                                                                                  Philadelphia, PA

Charlie Goldberg          Syracuse University                                                                Merrick, NY

Evan Kamikow              Indiana University                                                                   Livingston, NJ

Ella Katz                           University of Southern California                                     Chicago, IL

Dylan Manfre                 Rider University                                                                       Metuchen, NJ

Evan Oscherwitz          Arizona State University                                                      Dallas, TX

Sam Oshtry                    University of Maryland                                                         Lower Merion, PA

Lauren Rub                     Syracuse University                                                               Miami, FL

Logan Schiciano           Northwestern University                                                    Goldens Bridge, NY

Noam Watt                      University of Connecticut                                                   Lexington, MA

Former Philadelphia 76ers broadcaster Marc Zumoff is chairing the program, joining several other veteran media professionals to provide hands-on support, mentorship, and professional instruction to the Maccabi Media team.

For more information, please contact Maccabi Media Coordinator Neal Slotkin at maccabimedia@maccabiusa.com

About Maccabi USA:

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. MUSA 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 United States, Maccabi USA supports Jewish athletic endeavors, enhanced by cultural and educational activities in the US, Israel and throughout the Diaspora.

Maccabi USA 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 is a US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Affiliate Organization, one of 38 Affiliates nationwide to be recognized by the USOPC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level. MUSA is rated as a three-star non-profit by Charity Navigator.

About the Maccabiah: 

The first Maccabiah was held in in Ramat Gan in 1932 with 390 athletes from 18 countries taking part. Traditionally held every four years, interrupted only by the Second World War, by 2017 the Games had grown to include nearly 10,000 Jewish athletes from more than 75 countries competing in 40 sports, making it the third largest international multi-sport event in the world following only the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. The Maccabi USA delegation to the 20th Maccabiah in the summer of 2017 numbered 1,131 members, the largest traveling delegation in the history of not just Jewish sporting events but all international multi-sport competitions.

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