I have tried out and earned the honor of being appointed as a member of Team USA-Ice Hockey team playing in 19th World Maccabiah Games being held in Jerusalem on July 18th-30th, 2013. To provide a bit of background, Conceived in 1932, the Maccabiah Games are held every 4 years in Israel and encompasses approximately 10,000 athletes from 60 countries. The attending athletes will be competing in over 30 sports during a 2 week period in various venues around Israel. Over the 80 years that these games have been in existence, they have developed as a life benchmark event for any jewish athlete. It is amazing to see that in fact these games have grown to become the 3rd largest global sporting event following the Olympic Games and Pan-American Games respectively. There is no way to truly express how excited I am to have made Team USA and join the over 1,100 American athletes that will be representing the quest for excellence in gold for the United States of America.
The reason for this fundraiser is the Ice Hockey program needs additional funding. I, as an athlete am responsible for reaching out to my community to garner interest in supporting the athletes that will be representing the USA in Ice Hockey. In fact, I am actually responsible for securing self sponsorship that all calculated becomes more than $10,000 dollars. This money is to fund me but equally as important its to fund the younger athletes in the open and juniors division. So, not only does the Team USA Ice Hockey program need additional funding but I need to come up with some of it myself as an athlete.
When I was creating this fundraiser under the pretense that I would be asking for financial assistance for Team USA-Ice Hockey, I reminded myself of the many hundreds of kids, young adults, and men, that tried out for these Ice Hockey teams and only a select few made the cut to represent the USA. I reminded myself that I am beyond thrilled to have been chosen. I made myself understand that all athletes help garner sponsorships for the sports they love in a wide array of methods. I am happy to do my part for all of the players representing the USA that don't have the accuman that I may to getting this done for the collective good of our team.
Therefore, thank you for reading this and thank you for putting forth whatever sort of sponsorship dollars toward the Team USA Ice Hockey program for the 19th Maccabiah Games being held in Jerusalem on July 18th-30th, 2013.
If you are interesting in joining me to the games please reach out to me and lets discuss it!