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Philadelphia, PA, June 17, 2016 – Tracey Specter, Overall Juniors Squash Chairman for the 20th World Maccabiah Games USA Organizing Committee, is pleased announce the appointment of Sarah Odell as Head Coach for Team USA’s Juniors Boys’ Squash team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games. Odell was a member of Team USA’s silver medal winning Open Women’s Squash team at the 2009 World Maccabiah Games, and has served on the board of New York Squash, who awarded Odell the Wedgwood Trophy in 2015 for her contributions to women’s Squash.

“Competing in the 2009 World Maccabiah Games was life changing for me,” Odell said. “I am fulfilling a dream of returning as a member of Team USA to Israel, and am eager to engage the next generation of Jewish athletes for this transformative experience.” Team USA’s Juniors Boys’ Squash team members will be part of the overall 1,200+ member USA Team at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games.

Maccabi USA is seeking qualified Jewish athletes to represent Team USA in Squash at the 20th World Maccabiah Games in the following divisions: Juniors Boys & Girls (Born 1999-2002), Open Men & Women (ages 18-35) and Masters Men & Women (age 35+). Tryout information is coming soon.

The 20th World Maccabiah Games are the world’s third largest international sporting event and will consist of over 9,000 athletes from 75 countries participating in 42 different sports. To learn more about the sports and age divisions offered, please visit our website.

The World Maccabiah Games are more than an international sporting competition; they are a celebration of Jewish culture, unity and pride. ISRAEL CONNECT, Maccabi USA’s unique cultural and educational program, takes place for seven days prior to the start of the Games. All Juniors, Youth, Open and Paralympic athletes must participate in the program, where they have the opportunity to tour historical and religious sites, take part in cultural identity seminars and train with their teams, all while developing lifelong relationships.

For more information, please contact Tracey Specter at 610.547.7345 or via email at

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 is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The organization is one of 38 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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