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ALISON OJEDA APPOINTED AS HEAD COACH OF MACCABI USA’S OPEN TENNIS TEAM FOR THE 14TH PAN AMERICAN MACCABI GAMES

ALISON OJEDA APPOINTED AS HEAD COACH OF MACCABI USA’S OPEN TENNIS TEAM FOR THE 14TH PAN AMERICAN MACCABI GAMES

Philadelphia, PA, October 19, 2018 – Stacey Slomka, Open Tennis Chair for 2019 Pan American Maccabi Games, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alison Ojeda as Head Coach of the Open Tennis Team for the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games. The Games will take place July 5-15, 2019 in Mexico City, Mexico. Ojeda currently serves as Head Women’s Tennis Coach at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

“I have always been proud to be Jewish and feel a special bond with fellow Jews. I cannot begin to describe how honored I am to be given the opportunity to coach Jewish athletes this summer in Mexico City for the Pan American Maccabi Games” said Ojeda. “I have been fortunate to have experienced a lot of things on the tennis court in my life, however, this is the first time I will get to be a member of Team USA! I look forward to meeting many wonderful people who I hope to build lifelong relationships with.”

Ojeda was a former All-American athlete during her undergraduate career at the University of Tennessee; is a three-time ITA Regional Coach of the Year (2004, 2012, 2015) and was inducted into the National Hispanic Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. She led the Lady Vols to one of their most productive seasons in recent years, the team had its most wins (19) and highest ITA ranking (12th) since 2011. In addition to the University of Tennessee, Ojeda’s other Division I coaching stints include tenures at Texas A&M (assistant coach 2004-04), University of Alabama (assistant coach, 2005), Baylor and Middle Tennessee.

The Pan American Maccabi Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora. They are hosted by the Confederacion Latinoamericana Maccabi (CLAM) and conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union. They are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held.

Maccabi USA is seeking qualified Jewish tennis players to represent Team USA in Tennis at the 14th Pan American Maccabi Games in the Open Division (ages 18-35). Eligible applicants should visit www.maccabiusa.com to apply.

For more information, please contact Program Director Shane Carr at scarr@maccabiusa.com or 215.561.6900.

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 is a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The Organization is one of 38 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, and is rated as a four-star non-profit by Charity Navigator.

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