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Five Regional Ambassadors Appointed To Grow Youth And Collegiate Outreach For USA Team Handball

March 17, 2020, 2:45 p.m. (ET)

USA Team Handball today announced the appointment of five individuals to serve as regional ambassadors in the following locations: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Boston.

The ambassadors will represent USA Team Handball in their respective regions of the country, specifically focusing on growing collegiate and youth handball. They will lead and conduct efforts to connect with schools, universities and non-profit organizations within their communities to introduce the sport of team handball. The individuals and locations are as follows:

Name

Location

Contact Information

Katiann Scherer

Los Angeles

katiann@usateamhandball.org

Martin Bilello

San Francisco

martin@usateamhandball.org

Ross Miner

Chicago

ross@usateamhandball.org

Divine Jackson

New York

divine@usateamhandball.org

Drew Bradley

Boston

drew@usateamhandball.org

 

“We could not be more excited to have these five individuals represent USA Team Handball across the United States. Each of these ambassadors possess a tremendous amount of experience and passion for handball,” said USA Team Handball chief executive office Barry Siff. “This is a huge step towards growing handball on both the youth and collegiate levels. I am confident that our five ambassadors will make a significant impact on our sport’s future, both individually and collectively.”

Scherer is a former member of the U.S. Women's National Team Handball Team and a current member of the U.S. Women’s National Beach Handball Team with six years of international handball experience and three years of coaching experience. She has spearheaded youth and collegiate handball development efforts at a number of local schools and camps, including La Cañada Flintridge High School, Long Beach PlaySports for Kids, San Diego State University, University of California San Diego and Long Beach water polo clubs. Scherer has also assisted in the development of the RIP Beach Handball Club and organization of Dunestar tournaments.

Bilello, the Director of Youth Development and a board member for the San Francisco CalHeat Team Handball Club, has almost single-handedly been responsible for the huge surge of youth handball in the Northern California region over the past few years. He created the Bay Area Youth Team Handball League and Youth California Cup, which he continues to run, and has helped establish 12 new youth clubs in the Bay Area. Under Bilello’s direction, the Bay Area has gone from zero children playing handball to almost 200. He continues to give handball presentations in schools and work with recreation departments to start handball leagues and clubs.

Miner has spent the past 11 years in the sport of handball, playing, coaching and working for USA Team Handball on a number of different levels. A former member of the Men’s National Team, he was the Founder and President of Illinois State Team Handball, which has thus far produced two players for the Men’s Junior National Team. Miner also held an internship with USA Team Handball as the North Regional Scout and Recruiter for the Women’s National Team, identifying talent and recruiting crossover athletes. As a youth handball coach for Barrington Team Handball Club, Miner was selected to lead teams in tournaments like the Partille Cup and Pan American Championships. He also spent time training at Idrætshøjskolen Aarhus, an international handball academy in Denmark.

Jackson has been involved with USA Team Handball for 20 years, as a national team athlete representing the United States, league coordinator for the Northeast Team Handball League, long-time handball coach and much more. He helped Team USA win a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic and is a seven-time USA Team Handball National champion. Off the court, Jackson has dedicated a tremendous amount of effort and time towards growing the sport of handball, creating the Long Island Tigers Team Handball Club as the development team for the New York Athletic Club. Jackson is extensively familiar with coordinating events, organizing leagues and recruiting student-athletes.

Bradley, a member of the Boston Team Handball Men’s Team, has been actively assisting Boston in its youth handball efforts and has been playing with the team since 2015. He helped run their recent youth clinic in February and is actively involved in Boston Team Handball’s Youth Development, Sponsorship and Equipment Committees. Bradley is a former player on the USA Team Handball Men’s Junior National Team. He currently manages the development and creation of video, blog and social content for NFL quarterback Tom Brady’s health and wellness brand, TB12 Sports, as a Marketing Specialist.

About USA Team Handball: USA Team Handball (USATH) is the U.S. National Governing Body for the Olympic discipline of Team Handball, and is responsible for the development of grassroots programs, preparation of national teams for international competition - including the Pan American and Olympic Games - as well as the day-to-day oversight of the sport of team handball in the United States. The mission of USATH is to develop, promote, educate and grow the sport of team handball at all levels domestically, and to enable U.S. athletes to achieve sustained competitive excellence to win medals in international and Olympic competition. USATH is a member of the International Handball Federation, the North American and Caribbean Handball Confederation, and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Media Contact: Melissa Zhang | (508) 768-5649 | Melissa.Zhang@usateamhandball.org