ports Industry Executive, Steve Rosner, Named Director of Team Operations/Associate Head Coach of the USA Open Men’s Basketball Team for the 12th Pan American Maccabi Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil 

Philadelphia, PA (May 24, 2011) – Steve Rosner, captain of the 1976 USA Open Men’s Basketball Team at the 3rd Pan American Maccabi Games in Lima, Peru, has been named Director of Team Operations and Associate Head Coach for the USA Open Men’s Basketball Team at the 12th Pan American Maccabi Games, December 26 – January 1, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Rosner, touted as one of the country’s most successful talent representation executives, will embrace his role and apply both his business acumen and passion for the sport of Basketball to assist in the operations of the Team for this international competition.  He will assist in the selection of the Team, spearhead the Team’s fundraising efforts and serve as an integral member of Coach Stu Wittner’s staff for the Team.

A co-founder and partner of 16W Marketing, Rosner is one of the industry’s top representatives for broadcasting and endorsements, negotiating contracts for Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, Clyde Drexler, Howie Long, Cal Ripken Jr., Cris Collinsworth and Nick Faldo, among others.  In addition to directing 16W Marketing’s talent representation and special events division, Rosner is a philanthropist who contributes to causes that have touched him personally.  In the Fall of 2000, Rosner made a substantial contribution in his grandmother’s name to refurbish the Bayonne Jewish Community Center Gym where he played youth basketball, in his hometown of Bayonne, NJ.  The facility was officially named the Anna Rosner Memorial Gymnasium.

“What most attracted me to the position of Director of Team Operations/Associate Head Coach was the ability to combine my love of sport with my business insight,” said Rosner.  “In 1976, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Lima, Peru to represent the USA and serve as Team Captain.  It was a great honor to play internationally and the experience provided unforgettable memories.  Off the court, my goal is to use my knowledge and contacts to help raise funds to offset some of the costs associated with this type of endeavor, as well as to work with Coach Wittner to prepare these athletes to participate in these Games.”

“We are excited to have Steve as part of the Team,” said Chairman Barry Neuberger.  “Given his wonderful experience as a Maccabi athlete, plus his wealth of professional successes, we look forward to his contributions in several areas, including player evaluations and fundraising.”

For more information about Steve Rosner, please contact Rachel Gary at rachelgarypr@gmail.com or 201.615.9629.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA (MUSA) has 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 co-founder 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 is a federally recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.  All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.