Philadelphia, PA, January 27, 2009 – Ondrea Schiciano, of Goldens Bridge, NY has been appointed to the USA Masters Tennis Team to compete at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 12 – 23. The Games will be Schiciano’s first International competition where she will compete in the 40 – 44 age division.

She has played Tennis since she was 10 and always played with her dad, the late V. David Levitt who was instrumental in building the Masters Tennis division for Maccabi USA in the 1980’s. Schiciano played competitively on USTA Teams in both Chicago and Michigan and currently plays on a league at the Saw Mill Club in Mt. Kisco, NY.

She traveled to Israel, as a teenager, with her family when her father competed in the Games. “I am so excited to be part of the Team and only wish my farther could be here to experience it with me,” Schiciano said, “however, I am looking forward to a great experience and sharing that with my husband, children and Mom.”

Schiciano currently works in Real Estate Sales at Sotheby’s International Realty in Katonah, NY and resides with her husband, Jason, and children, Logan and Hanna.

About the organization:

Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel (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.? They strive 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.?

“Now more than ever, we need to get involved and commit to building a proud Jewish Identity among our young people in the U.S., Israel and the Diaspora,” stated Ron Carner, General Chairman, USA Maccabiah Team. “The Maccabiah (Games) is not just about sports, but about providing for these young people a Jewish awareness of who they are, where they come from and where they are going.”

The World Maccabiah Games are a quadrennial event that takes place in Israel.? The 18th World Maccabiah Games, scheduled for July 12 – 23, 2009 will be the world’s third largest international athletic competition.? Over 9000 of the world’s best Jewish athletes from six continents and over 60 countries will compete at the Games.