Maccabi USA, the national organization of the Maccabi World Union that organizes the U.S. team for the World Maccabiah Games, has been selected by the United States Olympic Committee as a multi-sport organization partner. The nonprofit organization becomes one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.

“The USOC is pleased to welcome Maccabi USA to its family of multi-sport organizations,” said Alicia McConnell, USOC director of athlete services and programs. “Maccabi USA’s efforts are a terrific example of how to enhance participation in sport at the national and international levels, and we look forward to working together to add more opportunities in the years to come.”

“We, at Maccabi USA, are proud and honored with this recognition by the USOC,” said Maccabi USA President Ron Carner. “We want to thank the USOC for acknowledging the effort required to organize the U.S. team’s participation in the World Maccabiah Games – the world’s third largest international sports competition.”

Located in Philadelphia, MUSA is preparing the U.S. team to compete at the 19th World Maccabiah Games, which will be held July 17–30, 2013, in Israel. The U.S. team will consist of 1,130 athletes, coaches and support staff, comprising the largest delegation to ever represent the U.S. at the quadrennial event. The 2013 Games will feature more than 8,500 athletes representing 80 nations worldwide.