Event is the 3rd-largest sporting event in the world, with 10,000-plus athletes from 80 countries
Philadelphia, PA, February 24, 2020 – Maccabi USA is seeking qualified Jewish golfers, ages 15+, to represent the United States at the 21st Maccabiah in Israel, summer of 2021. The Maccabiah is the 3rd largest sporting event in the world, with over 10,000 athletes from 80 countries. The United States delegation will be over 1,200 members, competing in over 40 different sports.
The Maccabiah Golf Qualifier will bring athletes from around the country to sunny South Florida to earn a spot on their respective team. The qualifier will be held June 28-July 1, 2020, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. PGA National is the home of the Honda Classic, and has previously hosted the Maccabiah Qualifier for the 19th Games in 2013. Participation levels for the men’s and women’s teams are:
· Juniors: Ages 15-18
· Open: Ages 19-49
· Masters: Ages 50-64
· Grand Masters: Ages 65+
The Maccabiah Games are more than an international sporting competition; they are a celebration of Jewish culture, unity and pride. ISRAEL CONNECT, Maccabi USA’s unique cultural and educational program, takes place for seven days prior to the start of the Games. All Juniors, Youth, Open, and Paralympic athletes must participate in the program, where they have the opportunity to tour historical and religious sites, take part in cultural identity seminars and train with their teams, all while developing lifelong relationships. The Maccabiah Golf tournament will be held at the Caesarea Golf Club.
Scott Adams of Ashville, NC, is the Overall Golf Co-Chair and a 3-time Maccabi USA golf participant. “There is no feeling that compares to experiencing Israel and playing the sport I love at the same time while representing the United States at the Maccabiah. I have experienced it more than once and the sense of pride you feel is incredible” said Adams. “We look forward to all golfers sharing this experience together in 2021.”
Interested athletes must apply for the games prior to the qualifier and complete a secondary registration to attend. Please visit www.maccabiusa.com to complete an application.
For more information, please contact:
· Overall Golf Co-Chair, Scott Adams, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.450.9015
· Overall Golf Co-Chair, Stacey Klimchuk, at Stacey@ijbproperties.com or 828.777.3152
· Maccabi USA Program Director, Steven Graber, at email@example.com or 215.561.6900 x4148.
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 the world over 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 and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) as a Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). MUSA is of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOPC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally, and at the grassroots level.