The World’s Handball Club is Ready to Rumble
By: Shkumbin Mustafa

As we approach May 15 and the opening day of this years USATH Open Championships, New York City HC and its players are finalizing their preparations by attending their annual training camp at the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Lake Placid Olympic Center. 

Lake Placid here we come. @USATH #usath #nychandball #handball #trainhard #teamwork #champions #theworldshandballclub

Posted by New York City Team Handball Club on Thursday, April 30, 2015

After last years powerful display at the very competitive Canada National Championships where they won the gold medal, and became the first North American team to have won gold medals at Nationals in both countries, New York City HC will make it’s return to the USATH Open Championships where in the last eight years they have won four gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

Four teams and 64 players strong representing 26 different countries, "The World’s Handball Club" will once again bring high energy, quality and competitive spirit to the USATH Open Championships. 

After winning their seventh consecutive Northeast Team Handball League championship title, "Gotham Boys" will enter the competition in the Elite Division with one goal in mind: Winning the USATH Elite championship gold for the fifth time since 2007.  

“We are looking forward to this years USA Nationals, and are very excited to participate once more with four teams. Our ultimate goal as a club is to continue expanding and bringing as many people into the game, and with it create a fun, friendly and highly competitive environment where all people will create lasting memories,” said Shkumbin Mustafa, the president of New York City HC. 

An undefeated season thus far for the Elite team, and at times spectacular display of handball during this years events, will come to a test at the Nationals where 10 teams will fight for the chance to become the champions. 

New York City HC began the season in October by comfortably winning the Montreal Open Championship, and then earlier in the year were able to triumph at the West Point Invitational tournament for the seventh consecutive year, after an impressive performance. Winning the NTHL topped another successful season for our boys.

Nothing tastes better then a #championship #beer. Congrats boys. Next stop Lake Placid. #nychandball #handball #teamhandball #champions #theworldshandballclub

Posted by New York City Team Handball Club on Saturday, April 11, 2015

“We were absent from USA Nationals last year as we took a challenge and went across the northern border to compete in Canada. After a successful performance, winning the gold, we are back at home, and are eager and excited to compete at this years Championship. We are ready to fight, and win the gold medal”, said Djordje Radovanovic, Team USA player, and the right wing of New York City HC.

At the same time New York City HC is fielding two more men’s teams, which will compete in the Open Division. Both these teams have competed in the NTHL, and are eager to prove everyone what are they capable of. 

“In Reno 2013 we won bronze medal. This year we look to play hard again and perform at the best of our abilities. We have a good team, and I believe we have a chance to go far”, said Stevo Pepdjonovic captain of NYC 2. 

After winning gold medal at Laura Walker Memorial Tournament, and finishing second in the NTHL, our ladies team is highly motivated to enter this years Nationals, and fight for one of the medals. 

“After missing last years USA Nationals, we are ready to compete for one of the medals”, said Ariane Deutch, the captain of ladies' team.  

As the countdown to York begins, our ladies team will finish their season in Washington DC, and beginning of May will spend three days training at the USOC Lake Placid Training Center. 

...and the road trip begins. #nychandball #trainingcamp #lakeplacid #champions #teamwork #onegirlleftbehind #theworldshandballclub

Posted by New York City Team Handball Club on Friday, May 1, 2015

Competitive spirit, tolerance, friendship and sportsmanship define New York City HC, and this year the club will showcase once again it’s true values, and traits that have made this club one of the most recognized amateur handball clubs all around the world. 

The team is looking forward to the challenges, and is excited to be a part of the the largest handball event of the year.

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