pdf Maccabi USA Release

PHILADELPHIA — Columbia women’s basketball sophomore Emily Surloff will represent Team USA at the World Maccabiah Games, scheduled for July of 2017 in Israel. The 12-member, Open Women’s Basketball Team was announced by head coach Sherry Levin on Monday.

The Maccabiah Games are the world’s third-largest international sporting event and attracts elite Jewish athletes from around the world. The Maccabiah Games in 2017 will be comprised of 9,000 athletes from 80 countries. The Games provide Jewish athletes the opportunity to come to Israel and compete at an elite level while also building connections with their teammates, competitors and the people of Israel.

“I’m extremely excited to represent the USA at the Maccabiah Games,” Surloff said. “I participated in tryouts over the summer and found out I had made the team right before I came back to school. It’s an incredible opportunity for me to compete internationally and be a part of such an incredible experience with my heritage.”

Surloff joins Jen Berkowitz of Yale and Hayley Isenberg of Harvard as the three Ivy League representatives. Other members of the United States of America include: Tara Berger of Wesleyan University; Allison Chernow of Emory University; Drew Edelman of UC Santa Barbara; Page Fecske of Pepperdine; Hannah Fox of Amherst College; Leah Purvis of Miami (OH); Lauren Rothfeld of Salisbury University; Maria Shtikel of Seattle University; and Allison Sifen of Bowdoin College. Coaching the team will be Sherry Levin of Worcester Academy, along with assistant coach Jennifer Cosgrove of Fordham.

“This is such a unique opportunity for Emily to deepen her connection with her heritage and compete against some of the world’s best players,” said Columbia head coach Megan Griffith. “Emily is a special player and a wonderful addition to that team.”

Surloff was a three-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week during the 2015-16 campaign, and landed on the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll four additional weeks. Her first year was highlighted by a 20-point performance in an 87-83 victory at Fairleigh Dickinson, in which she shot 6-of-10 from 3-point range. The last of those triples came with 26.8 seconds left in overtime to push the Lions ahead by four.

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 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.