MACCABI USA SPORTS SHOW WITH SKIP BERTMAN AND KEN BABBY

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Donna and Arnie are back for the next episode of the Maccabi USA Sports show with LSU legendary coach, Skip Bertman and owner of two Double-A minor league baseball teams and founder of Fast Forward Sports Group, Ken Babby.

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ABOUT OUR HOSTS 

Arnie Fielkow is the CEO and President of the Jewish Federation of New Orleans. Previously he has served as President and CEO of the NBA Retired Players Association, President of New Orleans City Council, Executive Vice President of the New Orleans Saints. Arnie is an Alum of Maccabi USA, the parent of a Maccabi athlete, and a Vice President of Maccabi USA.  

Donna Orender is founder and CEO of Orender Unlimited and CEO of Generation W, a non-profit advocating and empowering women and young girls. She has served as President of the WNBA, Senior VP of the PGA, and played professional basketball in the WBL. She is a Maccabi Alumna and parent of Maccabi athletes, and is the Secretary of Maccabi USA. 

MACCABI USA SPORTS SHOW WITH NANCY LIEBERMAN, Former WNBA Player, Coach and General Manager

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 at 8PM EDT

Donnie and Arnie are back with our next episode of the Maccabi USA Sports Show. Lady Magic herself Nancy Lieberman will be joining the Sports Show live via Zoom. With a career spanning four decades, Lieberman has had many roles: Player, coach in both the women’s and men’s professional leagues, general manager, analyst, foundation president and author to name a few!

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MACCABI USA SPORTS SHOW WITH ILANA KLOSS

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18

Join Donna and Arnie as they sit down with former professional tennis player Ilana Kloss.

Ilana Kloss is the president of Billie Jean King Enterprises and co-founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, where she oversees corporate partnerships, strategic programs, and philanthropic efforts that support Billie Jean King’s legacy. From 2001-2018, Ilana was the CEO and Commissioner of World TeamTennis, managing both the professional sports league and nationwide grassroots recreational programs. A former world No. 1 doubles player and US Open doubles champion, Ilana is actively involved in the Women’s Sports Foundation as a member of the executive board and past WSF board chair.
 
Ilana is a two-time Maccabi South Africa alum representing her home country in two Maccabiot, 1973 (9th Maccabiah) and 1977 (10th Maccabiah) respectively. She won gold in both doubles and mixed doubles at the 9th Games and silver in mixed doubles at the 10th Games. A member of both the National and International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, she was named Sports Businesswoman of the Year by the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. Ilana is a part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Sparks and serves on the executive boards of the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Tennis Industry Association.

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MACCABI USA SPORTS SHOW WITH GEOFF SCHWARTZ, FORMER NFL OFFENSIVE GUARD

TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 at 8 PM EDT

What does a 6 ft. 6 in., 340 lbs., Jewish offensive guard eat to keep weight…? An excess of Matzo ball soup and latkes of course. At least that was the case for former NFL offensive guard, Geoff Schwartz. Join Donna and Arnie as they sit down with Geoff on to talk everything football, what it was like to be a Jew playing in the NFL and maybe even dig up some old Bar-Mitzvah pictures! 

More About Our Guest 

From his pre-Bar Mitzvah stuttering days to being drafted 241st (out of 252) in the 2008 NFL draft, Geoff Schwartz has overcome adversity to exceed all expectations and impressively succeed in life. His eight-year career included stints with the Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants, where he signed a 4-year deal to become a starting guard on the Eli Manning-led team. Unfortunately, injuries derailed Geoff’s career and caused his retirement from the NFL in February 2017. 

Before his retirement Geoff began a seamless transition to a career in media. He can be heard daily on Sirius XM Radio 373 hosting PAC-12 Today, was a co-host this past NFL season on EPSN Radio’s weekly Countdown to Kickoff and is a frequent stand in on ESPN Radio and Fox Sports Radio. He regularly writes for websites such as SB Nation, where he posted over 400 articles, and hosts his own podcast, Geoff Schwartz Is Smarter Than You, where Geoff makes the average football fan smarter. He appears routinely on sports radio talk shows and podcasts throughout the country offering his insights on football, other sports plus a wide variety of non-sports related topics. 

Along with his brother Mitchell, starting right tackle of the Kansas City Chiefs, Geoff co-authored “Eat My Schwartz,” a book chronicling their lives from early childhood to their tenure in the NFL, discussing NFL football, food, family and their faith. Geoff and Mitchell are the first pair of Jewish brothers to compete in the NFL since Ralph and Arnold Horween in 1923.

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MACCABI USA SPORTS SHOW WITH MARK WILF

TUESDAY, JULY 21 at 8 PM EDT

Donna and Arnie are back with our next episode of the Maccabi USA Sports Show featuring Mark Wilf, Owner/President of the Minnesota Vikings and Chair of the Jewish Federation of North American Board of Trustees.

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MACCABI USA SPORTS SHOW WITH Joanne Pasternack and Andrew Brandt

TUESDAY, JULY 7 

Donna and Arnie are back with our next episode of the Maccabi USA Sports Show. We are excited to announce President & Chief Impact Officer of Oliver+Rose and Executive Director of the Golden Heart Fund, Joanne Pasternack and Executive Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University Law School, Andrew Brandt will be joining us live via Zoom.

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MACCABI USA SPORTS SHOW WITH Kenny Albert, Bonnie Bernstein and Andrés Cantor

TUESDAY, JUNE 23

MaccabiUSA@Home is happy to present the Maccabi USA Sports Show hosted by Donna Orender and Arnie Fielkow.  Orender and Fielkow will interview a series of Jewish guests that encompass individuals in the sports industry at the very top of their field.

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Kenny Albert
Kenny Albert, a two-time national Emmy Award nominee, is the only current play-by-play broadcaster in North America who calls all four major sports (NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB). Albert recently completed his 26th NFL on FOX season and has called Major League Baseball games on various FOX networks since 1997. He has been behind the microphone for New York Rangers hockey since 1995 and has worked approximately 25 New York Knicks games per season on MSG Networks over the last decade.  

Albert also calls NHL hockey on NBC and has handled men’s and women’s hockey play-by-play for the network at the last five Winter Olympics, as well as Track and Field at the 2016 Rio Games. He has also been the play-by-play voice of the last four Stanley Cup Final series for Westwood One/NHL Radio. Albert’s vast resume also includes five NFL Divisional Playoff games, five MLB post-season series, one Super Bowl world-feed, one Pro Bowl, five BCS Bowl games, PBC championship boxing, college basketball, the WNBA and Washington Capitals hockey. He has appeared as himself in two movies: GameDay and Juwanna Mann.  

Bonnie Bernstein
Bonnie Bernstein is one of the most accomplished female journalists in her field. She is the founder of Walk Swiftly Productions, her latest endeavor in a career that has spanned nearly two decades on-air with ESPN and CBS covering the NFL, NBA, MLB and college football and basketball. In 1993, Bernstein made local television history at KRNV-TV in Reno, NV (NBC), as the “Biggest Little City’s” first-ever female weekday sports anchor. She began her television career at WMDT-TV (ABC) in Salisbury, MD, anchoring weekend news. 

Bernstein has hosted shows including NFL Live, Outside the Lines, Jim Rome is Burning and First Take, as well as New York Football Live on ESPN Radio in New York. She is the only female to solo-host the The Dan Patrick Show. Bernstein is a passionate public health advocate, with a focus on youth health and wellness. She received Pop Warner’s “Female Achievement Award” for serving as a positive role model for kids, has been named to New York Moves Magazine’s “Power Women” list and the Jewish Women International’s “Women to Watch” list. Bernstein is a graduate of University of Maryland’s Merrill College of Journalism and serves on the College’s Board of Visitors and the Advisory Board for the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism. 

Andrés Cantor
Ever wonder who the man is behind the famous “GOOALLLLL” call? If you follow the game of fútbol (soccer) you know that it is a fast-paced, low scoring game. When one team finally breaks through and scores, the crowd goes wild. And thanks to international acclaimed sports caster Andrés Cantor, you can hear when your favorite team scores from anywhere in the world on Telemundo. Cantor has been the lead play-by-play announcer for Telemundo since 2000. If you’ve ever listened to a soccer match called in Spanish, then you know just how fast paced play-by-play announcers talk to keep up with the speed of the match. 

Cantor made his English language debut as the play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. His hiring was the catalyst for NBC’s commitment to carry every Olympic soccer game over their various networks. Cantor is a key figure in the growth of in the U.S. and was named the 9th most influential person in the game of soccer by Soccer America magazine. FIFA named him one of the top 10 broadcasters in the world and singled him out as number one from North America, in any language.

MACCABI USA SPORTS SHOW WITH BRUCE PEARL

TUESDAY, JUNE 9

MaccabiUSA@Home is happy to present the Maccabi USA Sports Show hosted by Donna Orender and Arnie Fielkow.  Orender and Fielkow will interview a series of Jewish guests that encompass individuals in the sports industry at the very top of their field.  Guests will speak about their journey to the top and how being Jewish played a part in that experience and what they learned along the way about their Jewish identity. 

Winning is a habit for Bruce Pearl.  Over the past five years the Auburn Tigers men’s basketball team has 100 wins, two Southeastern Conference Championships, back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths and the program’s first ever appearance in the Final Four. Pearl has spent 24 seasons coaching collegiate basketball, led his teams to the NCAA Tournament 19 times and ranks second amongst active SEC coaches in winning percentage as an NCAA head coach at .722.  During the 2018-2019 season, the Tiger’s historical run during March Madness was the first time ever a team knocked off the three winningest programs in college basketball history in succession – Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky. 

Coach Pearl is a proud MUSA alum coaching the Open Men’s Basketball team to gold in 2009 at the 18th Maccabiah in Israel.

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MACCABI USA SPORTS SHOW WITH JOSH KRAFT

TUESDAY, MAY 26

MaccabiUSA@Home is happy to present the Maccabi USA Sports Show hosted by Donna Orender and Arnie Fielkow.  Orender and Fielkow will interview a series of Jewish guests that encompass individuals in the sports industry at the very top of their field.  Guests will speak about their journey to the top and how being Jewish played a part in that experience and what they learned along the way about their Jewish identity. 

Their second guest is Josh Kraft, President of New England Patriots Foundation and Nicholas President and CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Boston

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MACCABI USA SPORTS SHOW WITH DON GARBER AND JEFF AGOOS

TUESDAY, MAY 12

Maccabi USA Sports Show hosted by Donna Orender and Arnie Fielkow.  This program will feature our special guest host Don Kent, First Vice President of Maccabi USA and Soccer alum.  Our first guests will be MLS Commissioner, Don Garber and Maccabi USA Soccer alum Jeff Agoos, Senior Vice President of Competition, Operations and Medical Administration at the MLS.

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