Weekly Report Week of August 26

Aug. 28, 2013, 10:55 a.m. (ET)

USA Field Hockey Weekly- Week of August 26, 2013

The Adult Task Force was hard at work over the past several months and concluded this past week with recommendations to USA Field Hockey. This task force generated thought provoking themes and ideals to shape the overall mission to grow adult play. The focus stemmed from our mission to educate, support and create competitive and recreational opportunities.

The recommendations included supporting pre-existing adult tournaments and leagues, additional website information and educational pieces. The group also supports playing opportunities during USA Field Hockey events and the overall mission to create awareness from age 18 through the Master's. The first action item will take place within the next few weeks with the creation of a task force to address adult play at Festival.

The Adult Task force members included Chip Rogers, Michael Boal, Rachel Dawson, Bree Gillespie, Lori Halber, Shawn Hindy, Jesse Larson, Jelle Prins, Darren Smallhorn and Rene Zelkin. We would like to thank everyone who was involved in the meetings and look forward to continuing the collaborative effort through follow-up communication and feedback.

Several weeks ago the 19th World Maccabiah Games took place in Israel and we did pretty good taking a bronze medal. Albeit this release just appeared on my desk last Friday and the games ended around the August 6th timeframe, it is really important to recognize the very fine athletes on this team. Below is a news-release from Maccabi USA giving a brief description of the Maccabiah Games, the hockey competition; and a roster of Team USA:


Philadelphia, PA, August 6 – Maccabi USA’s Field Hockey Team, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Multi Sport Organization, defeated Germany 3-0 in the Bronze Medal match at the 19th World Maccabiah Games, held every four years in Israel. The Netherlands defeated Argentina, 3-2 in the Gold Medal Match. The Netherlands was the only defeat for Team USA who finished with a 2-1-1 mark during the week long tournament.

The World Maccabiah Games is the 3rd largest sporting competition behind the Olympics and the Pan Am Games. Over 1,100 athletes competing in 38 sports represented the USA during the event July 17 - 30.

The USA 16-person squad was coached by Tonja Magerman. “We had a very talented group of players, ranging in age from 16 to 31 years of age. We only had two weeks to prepare, but I feel that every player stepped up and contributed to the overall success of the team! We are happy to come away with the Bronze medal, but we will be back in four years to bring home the Gold!"

The team was selected after a tryout in July 2012 and assembled for a one-week training camp in Israel. The team, along with all other Open, Junior and Youth athletes of Team USA, participated in a week-long ISRAEL CONNECT educational and cultural program after the initial training camp prior to the Games.

Co-Captain and former UCONN standout Cara Silverman was the lone team member competing in her 2nd World Maccabiah Games, “My experience at the Maccabiah Games has grown since participating four years ago. Aside from the international competition, it's been amazing to re-connect with friends I've made from all over the world as well as creating friendships with girls on our team.”

Co-Captain Rachel Magerman who will return to perennial NCAA favorite North Carolina for her senior season added, “It was an amazing experience to be able to connect with Jewish athletes from all over the world.”

The 19th Maccabiah Games USA Field Hockey team consisted of: Marissa Glatt (Doylestown, PA), Kayla Devlin (Annapolis, MD), Rachael Block (Voorhees, NJ), Taylor Stone (Herndon, VA), Gabby Goldach (Columbus, OH), Rachel Magerman (Blue Bell, PA), Tamara Brown (Annandale, VA), Cara Silverman (Roseland, NJ), Hilary Smith (Summit, NJ), Eliana Brown (Annandale, VA), Sara Ruzzi (Arnold, MD), Rachel Feig (Houston, TX), Rachel Gassert (Kensington, MD), and Emma Singer (Harrisburg, PA).

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, the Pan American Maccabi Games and the 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 committee as a Multi-Sport Organization. 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.

Late Night with Jimmy Falon: Edward Snowden, the guy who leaked all that information about the NSA, finally got to leave the Moscow airport after being held there for five weeks. When asked what he wanted to eat, he said, “Anything but Cinnabon.”

Have a great week!

Steven Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey