MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE OPEN MEN’S FUTSAL TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, May 24, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Futsal Chair, Michael Monheit along with Head Coach Zac Ludwig are pleased to announce the Open Men’s Futsal Team for the 20th World Maccabiah Games, which will take place July 4-18, 2017 in Israel. Maccabi USA will bring a team of 1,100+ athletes who will be part of the 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries, participating in 43 different sports.

The athletes are Ross Baron of Scotch Plains, NJ, Rowan University; Matthew Capozzoli of Alpharetta, GA, University of South Carolina-Upstate; Ethan Clearfield of Richboro, PA, Miami University of Ohio; Ethan Glass of Northbrook, IL, Occidental College; Brennan Goldsmith of Lancaster, PA, Loyola University Maryland; Andrew Goodman of Boone, NC, Appalachian State University; Ben Ladabaum of San Carlos, CA, Cornell University; Brandon Levin of Palm Harbor, FL, University of Florida; Jason Miller of Needham, MA, Union College; Noah Rothstein of Los Angeles, CA, George Washington University (’05); David Schipper of Chula Vista, CA, University of Arizona (’14); and Tucker Stern of New Paltz, NY, State University of New York-New Paltz.  

Since 1932, over 62,000 athletes have participated in the Maccabiah Games, in a celebration of Jewish Strength and Solidarity. Team USA’s success is not only measured by the medals won, but by the impact that the Maccabiah experience had on their lives as well as the friendships they formed.

Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition.  We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community.  Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.

For more information, please contact Maccabi USA Program Director Shane Carr at 215-561-6900 or by email at scarr@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 all over the world 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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We recently spoke with Charly Santagado, alumnus of the 2013 Maccabiah Games, about her experience with Maccabi USA’s Open Women’s Gymnastics team. Read below to find out about Charly’s time spent in Israel competing and on the ISRAEL CONNECT program!

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Charly Santagado had a Maccabiah experience unlike most, taking home 5 medals from the 2013 Games for her performances as a gymnast.  As a member of the Open Women’s Gymnastics team, she won bronze medals in the individual vault and all-around competitions, a silver medal in the floor exercise, a gold medal in the uneven bars, and a silver team medal.  “The competition was very exciting; the stands were completely packed and the amount of cheering and energy in the gym was incredible,” said Charly.  “Coming back to the United States with five medals was pretty amazing.”

 

 

Having achieved great success in the competition portion of the Maccabiah Games, one would expect that to be Charly’s most memorable experience.  Not so.  “The ISRAEL CONNECT program was probably the most life-changing part of my experience,” exclaimed Charly.  “It gave me different perspectives and brought me closer to fellow Jewish athletes, many that I still keep in contact with and visit.”

 

Entering Ramat Gan Stadium prior to the Opening Ceremony as a member of Team USA sticks out as a major highlight.  As Charly describes it, “the Opening Ceremony was like nothing I’ve ever been involved in before.  Walking out in front of such an enormous audience was so inspiring, and I still feel giddy thinking about everybody cheering for us as we chanted ‘USA, USA’ over and over again.”

 

 

Charly is planning to apply for the 2017 Maccabiah Games as a member of the Open Women’s Gymnastics team. “I had such a great experience at the 2013 Games that I can’t imagine not trying to go again in 2017,” Charly said. “Who wouldn’t want to go and represent their country in such an exciting event?”

 

Maccabi USA is currently seeking Jewish gymnasts to compete at the Pan American Maccabi Games for the Juniors Girls’ Gymnastics team, birth years 1999-2002.  For more information, please contact Shane Carr, Program Director, at 267.627.5647 or scarr@maccabiusa.com.

 

Previously:

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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We recently spoke to Matthew Monheit, alumnus of two Maccabiah Games, about his experience with Maccabi USA’s Open Men’s Futsal team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games. Read below to find out about Matthew’s memories and why he stays involved with Maccabi USA!

 

Matthew Monheit, alumnus of two Maccabiah Games, recalls the first thing that comes to mind when Maccabi USA is mentioned, “I think of the opportunities I’ve had to travel, make friends and celebrate our Jewish heritage together.”  Originally a soccer player who recently began competing in Futsal, he has competed for Maccabi USA on the Youth Men’s Soccer team at the 2009 Maccabiah Games and on the Open Men’s Futsal team at the 2013 Maccabiah Games.

 

Matthew plans to compete at the upcoming Pan American Maccabi Games on the Open Men’s Futsal team.  As a two-time veteran of Team USA, he enjoys recruiting teammates for each set of Games.  “It’s a lot of fun to help recruit for each cycle,” said Matthew. “We’re currently in the process of recruiting for our Open Futsal team that is set to compete in Chile.”

 

Apart from the actual games and competitions, Matthew’s most memorable Maccabi USA experience was his first Opening Ceremony. Walking into Ramat Gan stadium with his fellow teammates, “had me wide-eyed the entire time,” said Matthew. “When you see how full the stadium is, hear fans chanting ‘USA’ and see all of the other delegations in one place, you realize that you’re a part of something really big. What a special moment.”

The friendships he’s formed and the memories he’s created from the Maccabiah Games have pushed Matthew to continue his involvement with Maccabi USA. “It’s really easy to want to stay involved with Maccabi USA,” said Matthew. “The experience is beyond rewarding and I plan on continuing.”

 

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Maccabi USA is currently seeking Jewish athletes to participate in Futsal at the Pan American Maccabi Games for the Open Men’s team, ages 18-35, as well as for the Youth Men’s team, birth years 1997-1998.  For more information, please contact Shane Carr, Program Director, at 267.627.5647 or scarr@maccabiusa.com

 

Previously:

Maccabi Memories with Lenny Krayzelburg
Maccabi Memories with Rachel Magerman
Maccabi Memories with Noah Springwater
Maccabi Memories with Stuart Weitzman

Like Maccabi USA on Facebook and follow Maccabi USA on Twitter!!