THE WEINSTEN TWINS WILL GO FOR GOLD AT THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, April 20, 2017 – For the first time in its history, Lacrosse will be played at the World Maccabiah Games, July 4-18 in Israel. Twins Alexandra and Nicole Weinsten are ecstatic to be part of the inaugural Juniors Girls’ team and to help create a foundation for the future Games. 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.

Sports are a way of life for the Weinsten twins who come from diverse athletic backgrounds of tennis, soccer, and lacrosse. Alexandra and Nicole have been eagerly awaiting the chance to pick up their lacrosse sticks again; the Maccabiah Games will provide the girls with the opportunity to represent Team USA and explore their heritage while playing a sport they love.

The twins are most looking forward to meeting and playing with/against other Jewish athletes from the United States and other countries around the world. They have never been to Israel before and are excited to see the country and experience the culture and history first-hand.

When asking how they feel about being part of the first Lacrosse team in Maccabiah history, both agreed “We are thrilled to be part of the first Maccabi USA lacrosse team. The sport originated in North America, and as Jews and members of the Juniors Girls’ Lacrosse team, we take great pride in combining our American and Jewish heritage. Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the US and we hope our love for the game will inspire other athletes around the world to play.”

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.

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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MACCABI USA ANNOUNCES THE JUNIORS GIRLS’ LACROSSE TEAM FOR THE 20TH WORLD MACCABIAH GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 2017 – The Maccabi USA Lacrosse Chairwoman Eve Levinson along with Head Coach Jessica Chadwin Hoepfl and Assistant Coach Sherrea Chadwin, are pleased to announce the Juniors Girls’ Lacrosse 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.

For the first time in history, Lacrosse will be played at the World Maccabiah Games. When asked about her excitement to bring the inaugural Lacrosse team, Head Coach Chadwin said “to be chosen Head Coach of the first Juniors Girls Lacrosse Team for Maccabi USA is both a thrill and honor. I love lacrosse and am especially excited to reap the reward and benefits of playing the game of lacrosse through new opportunities around the world. I look forward to enjoying athletic success and sharing the cultural richness of the Maccabiah Games with my lacrosse team.”

The athletes are Kaisa Autumn of Portland, OR, Woodrow Wilson High School; Jori Balsam of Newton, MA, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School; Eliana Cowen of Rockville, MD, Thomas S. Wootton High School; Drew Kesslin of Carlsbad, CA, Carlsbad High School; Olivia Korman of Blue Bell, PA, Germantown Academy; Brynn Korpi of Rye Brook, NY, Blind Brook Middle School; Ariella Lerner of Great Neck, NY, Great Neck North High School; Natalie Mogul of New York, NY, The Trinity School; Anna Resnick of Glencoe, IL, New Trier High School; Claire Rosenfeld of Portland, OR, Catlin Gabel School; Talia Trakman of San Diego, CA, San Diego Jewish Academy; Alexandra Weinsten of Weston, MA, Noble & Greenough School; Nicole Weinsten of Weston, MA, Noble & Greenough School; and Rachel White of Bridgewater, NJ, Bridgewater Raritan Regional High School.

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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For the first time in history, Lacrosse will be played at the World Maccabiah Games, and Team USA has tasked Eve Levinson to lay the roots for the long-term success of Maccabi USA’s Lacrosse program.

This isn’t the first time Eve has started a program; she was the first Head Coach for Philadelphia’s JCC Maccabi Games Lacrosse team in 2010, and again in 2011.  She was also the first Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach for Mercer University, who compete in Division 1 of the NCAA. “I am thrilled to be at the forefront of another Lacrosse program,” remarked Eve. “It’s an honor to put your own stamp on a program and build it in the way you think it will have lasting success.”

Eve Mercer

At the JCC Maccabi Games, Eve enjoyed watching her players interact with their opponents. “I watched my athletes connect with girls from around the country who were Jewish athletes, which many of them weren’t used to,” recalls Levinson. This is one of her ultimate goals for the upcoming Maccabiah Games – to encourage her girls to foster these types of relationships.  “The Maccabiah is all about learning about your Jewish community, making this experience much more than just competition.”

Make no mistake, Eve wants to leave Israel and the first-ever Maccabiah Lacrosse competition as gold medalists. That being said, it was the third thing she mentioned when asked what she was looking to accomplish in Israel. “It’s always fun to win, especially for your country,” she explained. “But, I want to make sure our girls come together as a team off of the field and build their personal Lacrosse community, both in the United States and abroad.”

Maccabi Team

(Eve with her team from the 2010 JCC Maccabi Games)

In addition to serving as Maccabi USA’s Chairperson for the Lacrosse program, Eve is also on the board of Maccabi Young Leadership’s Philadelphia chapter.

Maccabi USA is currently seeking Jewish Lacrosse players for the Juniors Girls’ team for those born between 1999-2002, and the Open Women’s team, ages 18-35. To apply, click HERE! For more information, please contact Shane Carr, Program Director, at 215.561.6900 x. 4147 or scarr@maccabiusa.com.

 

Previously:

Maccabi USA Baseball with Eric Holtz

From the Maccabiah to Maccabi Young Leadership

Maccabi USA Cricket led my Former Israeli National Team Cricketer

Judo: A Family Affair with Adam Moyerman

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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