By Sara Feinstein….
Zachary Lipshultz of Pinecrest has been appointed to the Open Men’s Soccer Team representing the USA at the Second Maccabi Australia International Games (MAIGs) in Sydney, Dec. 26-Jan. 2, 2011. The Games will take place at Olympic Park where many of the competitions took place during the 2000 Summer Olympics.
A senior at Oberlin College, Lipshultz has been a four-year starter as goalkeeper for the Oberlin Yeomen and during his junior year earned Second Team All-NCAC for his efforts in the net and was named an All-American by the Jewish Sports Review. Prior to his college career he played goalkeeper for Ransom Everglades High School for three years, two of which he was a starter. He also played in goal for 10 years in club soccer with the Miami Strike Force and the Kendall Soccer Coalition.
Additionally, Lipshultz is an avid scuba diver who was certified on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and conducted his own undergraduate coral reef research in Bonaire, NA, during his junior year.
“It is an unbelievable opportunity to portray U.S. athletes, particularly Jewish athletes, in a positive, competitive light on an international stage,” Lipshultz said. “I am very excited to be able to meet and befriend other Jewish athletes from around the world through competition and of course, bring home the gold!”
Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel (MUSA) has 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, Pan American Maccabi Games and Maccabi competitions in Europe and Australia, as well as a co-founder 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.