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(Lou and Adam Moyerman)

Judo and Judaism go hand-in-hand for Adam Moyerman, and by extension the entire Moyerman clan. Before Adam competed with Maccabi USA for the first time at the 2001 World Maccabiah Games, he was already a part of the organization, due in part to his father Lou’s involvement, which began in 1981. In advance of the 1997 World Maccabiah Games, Adam interned in the Maccabi USA offices, packing up the apparel packages. Now, 20 years later, Adam has competed in and coached at six international Maccabi Games, winning six medals and one MVP award.

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(The Judo team from the 2001 Maccabiah Games. Adam in the middle-front)

Growing up, participating in Judo was “basically a mandate,” as Adam put it, in the Moyerman household, as Lou has been heavily involved in the sport for over 40 years. “I’ve been doing it since I was seven. It’s the longest relationship of my life, minus my family of course,” joked Adam. After wrestling throughout high school, Adam rediscovered Judo in college within a less regimented and stressful environment; he immediately fell back in love with the sport. Upon graduating from Boston University, he began training to qualify for the Olympics. Although he finished third in qualifying and therefore didn’t make the Olympic team, he says he’s received fantastic international sporting experience through Maccabi USA. “You won’t always go to the Olympics, but these Games give you that experience – where you can appreciate your hard work, and on top of that, everyone is Jewish and you get to make those connections,” he explained.

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(Team USA Judo from the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games)

Adam was chosen alongside Lauren Greenberg, Open Swimming, and Dallen Stanford, Open Rugby, to lead the Team USA delegation and carry the USA flag into the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games. “Carrying the flag in was the best moment,” recalled Adam. “So few people get to do that at a sporting event or any event in general; I never thought I would have that extreme honor.”

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(USA Flagbearers- Lauren Greenberg, Dallen Stanford, Adam Moyerman)

It’s safe to say that Maccabi USA holds a special place in Adam’s heart; his siblings Sam, Stephanie and Tina have all competed with Maccabi USA as well. “Not everyone has the opportunity to form these bonds with Judaism,” he said. “The Maccabi Games reinvigorates people within their Judaism, and I can’t think of any other organization that combines sports, something we ALL love, with Judaism, like Maccabi USA.” When asked if he planned on continuing his involvement and support of the organization in the future, Adam merely laughed. “Of course!”

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(Sam, Lou and Adam Moyerman at the 2015 Pan American Maccabi Games)

Applications for the 2017 World Maccabiah Games are available NOW… Click HERE to apply)

 

Previously:

Tennis in Santiago with Natasha Dabrowski

Maccabi USA Golf with Dan Frankel

Swimming for a Purpose with Sarah Solomon

Maccabi USA Field Hockey with Rebekah Abrams

Breaking the International Maccabi Games Golf Scoring Record at the European Maccabi Games

Ori Hoffer on Preparing for his First Maccabi USA Experience

Half Marathon with Melissa Perlman

Women’s Soccer with Catie Chase

Coaching at the EMG with Scott Garson

Maccabi USA Soccer with Morry Steinbach

Prepping for the European Maccabi Games with Zak Elfenbein

Maccabi Memories with Caroline Post

Maccabi Memories with Dallen Stanford

Maccabi Memories with Matthew Halpern

Maccabi Memories with Charly Santagado

Maccabi Memories with Matthew Monheit

Maccabi Memories with Lenny Krayzelburg

Maccabi Memories with Rachel Magerman

Maccabi Memories with Noah Springwater

Maccabi Memories with Stuart Weitzman

 

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Growing up, Natasha Dabrowski lived and breathed tennis. As soon as she could hold a racquet in her hand, she was playing tennis. Her mother, a player on the professional circuit, helped instill Natasha’s love for the sport at the early age of four. “You could say that tennis was already in my blood,” remarked Natasha. She travelled the country playing in competitive United States Tennis Association tournaments, and was a three-time state champion at Cranbrook Kingswood High School in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she played four years of club tennis and was President of the Student Government for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

When her good friend Adam Reinhart, an Open Tennis player on Team USA at the 2013 Maccabiah Games who Natasha described as a very enthusiastic person, returned from Israel with a previously unseen level of excitement, she knew she needed to get involved with Maccabi USA. “In my mind, the Pan American Maccabi Games would be a unique opportunity to compete against tennis players from around the world, but it morphed into something more than I could have ever imagined,” exclaimed Natasha.

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(Pictured L-R: Alex Kotlyar, Natasha Dabrowski, Gary Notkin)                            

Natasha’s successes in Chile extended beyond the court, where she won a gold medal in Open Women’s Singles and a silver medal in Mixed Doubles with Alex Kotlyar; she was awarded the inaugural Dolph Schayes Memorial Award, given by Maccabi USA to the athletes that best exemplify the Maccabi Spirit through sportsmanship and athletic excellence. Rather than take credit for herself, she was effusive in her praise for her coaches, father-son duo Lonnie and Wayne Mitchel, and her teammates, Gary Notkin and the previously-mentioned Alex. “My receiving the award is very emblematic of the coaching and team support I had at the Games,” she recalled. “Lonnie and Wayne encouraged me to enjoy every moment, and my teammates were always there for me and we became a close knit team.”

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(Pictured L-R: Wayne Mitchel, Natasha Dabrowski, Lonnie Mitchel)  

Despite winning two medals and being honored with the Dolph Schayes Memorial Award, Natasha looks back on the Opening Ceremony as her fondest memory. “Walking into that stadium representing the USA was truly humbling,” she said. “I had tears in my eyes. I will forever remember it as one of the most honorable experiences I’ve had as an athlete.”

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(Dolph Schayes Memorial Award)  

The Dolph Schayes Memorial Award comes with a stipend to utilize for future travel to Israel, which Natasha hopes to use for the upcoming 2017 Maccabiah Games. “I know that I will stay involved with the Games and Maccabi USA forever because the connections and friendships I made will last a lifetime,” she said. “Today, I regularly talk with my roommate (Gavriela Colton, Open Women’s Volleyball in Chile), teammates and coaches to stay in touch and plan future reunions!”

Applications for the 2017 Maccabiah Games will be available online on February 15, 2016. Click HERE for more information.

 

Previously:

Maccabi USA Golf with Dan Frankel

Swimming for a Purpose with Sarah Solomon

Maccabi USA Field Hockey with Rebekah Abrams

Breaking the International Maccabi Games Golf Scoring Record at the European Maccabi Games

Ori Hoffer on Preparing for his First Maccabi USA Experience

Half Marathon with Melissa Perlman

Women’s Soccer with Catie Chase

Coaching at the EMG with Scott Garson

Maccabi USA Soccer with Morry Steinbach

Prepping for the European Maccabi Games with Zak Elfenbein

Maccabi Memories with Caroline Post

Maccabi Memories with Dallen Stanford

Maccabi Memories with Matthew Halpern

Maccabi Memories with Charly Santagado

Maccabi Memories with Matthew Monheit

Maccabi Memories with Lenny Krayzelburg

Maccabi Memories with Rachel Magerman

Maccabi Memories with Noah Springwater

Maccabi Memories with Stuart Weitzman

 

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