Tiger Feature: Women's Basketball Assistant to Coach in Maccabi Games in Israel
Monday, June 29, 2009

Nashville --- Tennessee State University assistant women’s basketball coach Jamie Shadian will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. Maccabi girl’s basketball team at the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel.

The World Maccabiah Games are a quadrennial event that takes place in Israel. The 18th World Maccabiah Games, scheduled for July 12-23, 2009 will be the world’s third largest international athletic competition.

“This experience is extraordinarily exciting form me,” commented TSU assistant coach Jamie Shadian. “I’m able to combine my passion for basketball and coaching with my passion for Israel. And anytime I can combine those passions, it’s like a perfect world.”

Over 8000 of the world’s best Jewish athletes from six continents and over 60 countries will compete at the games. This will be Shadian’s first time serving as an assistant coach with the U.S. Maccabi girl’s basketball team.

“This is a great opportunity for me personally and professionally. It is also a great opportunity for the TSU women’s basketball program.”

About the organization:

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, the Pan American Maccabi Games and the 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.

MUSA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. They strive to provide Jewish athletes 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.