ROCKY MOUNTAIN ATHLETES WILL REPRESENT THE USA

Philadelphia, PA, May 26, 2017 – Maccabi USA has appointed 20 athletes from the greater Denver area who will be participating in the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place in Israel, July 4-17, 2017. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,120 athletes who will be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

The athletes are Nancy Alterman of Denver, CO, Masters Tennis; Sammy Bernard-Boymel of Lafayette, CO, Open Ice Hockey; Glen Davis of Boulder, CO, Masters Men’s Softball; Matt Finesilver of Greenwood Village, CO, Open Wrestling; Mitchell Finesilver of Greenwood Village, CO, Open Wrestling; Michael Foonberg of Denver, CO, Masters Men’s Basketball 45+; Sam Harrison of Colorado Springs, CO, Open Men’s Rugby; Benjamin Hirschman of Boulder, CO, Open Men’s Rugby; Bruce Kirschner of Louisville, CO, Masters Half Marathon; Mike Korn of Vail, CO, Open Men’s Rugby; Caleb Milobsky of Greenwood Village, CO, Youth Men’s Basketball; Samuel Raben of Greenwood Village, CO, Open Men’s Soccer; Seth Rojhani of Denver, CO, Paralympic Basketball; Benjamin Rotstein of Denver, CO, Open Men’s Rugby; Alexander Saslove of Aspen, CO, Juniors’ Golf; Todd Schayes of Greenwood Village, CO, Masters Men’s Basketball 45+ Head Coach; Bo Schlosser of Franktown, CO, Open Wrestling; Mosha Schwartz of Franktown, CO, Open Wrestling; Zachary Strom of Denver, CO, Open Men’s Rugby; and Todd Tyrrell of Denver, CO, Masters Men’s Basketball 45+.

Many of the athletes from Colorado are alumni of the Maccabiah Games. Of the 40+ states that will be represented this summer, there will be 20 athletes from Colorado including four wrestlers who will compete at the Maccabiah Games for the first time.

“For many years the strong and vibrant Jewish community in Colorado have participated in the World Maccabiah Games,” said Maccabi USA Executive Director Jed Margolis. “As we build Jewish Pride through Sports at Maccabi USA, we build a strong connection to Israel and this helps build a stronger Jewish community back home. When Governor John Hickenlooper heard of Team USA being so well represented by his state he asked to be involved and we are thrilled that he will be attending our reception on June 6.”

Maccabi USA is excited to announce the Denver Send-Off Party for the 20th World Maccabiah Games. This event will bring together current athletes, alumni, supporters of Maccabi USA, and Maccabi USA leadership on June 6, 5:30-7:30PM at “Urban Roadhouse.” You will have the opportunity to meet other local athletes, listen to alumni speak, meet the Governor, and get excited for the 20th World Maccabiah Games!

For more information, please contact Jed Margolis at 215.561.6900 or by email at jmargolis@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 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.

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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