Steve Cronin of Kings Point has been appointed to the USA Masters Basketball Team to compete at the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel, July 12 to 23. The Games will be Cronin's second international competition where he will compete in the 40 and over age division.
As Tufts University's basketball team captain, Cronin averaged a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds per game. After graduation, Cronin and his Tufts teammates Mike Milobsky and Lawrence Norman competed in the 13th World Maccabiah Games, where they won the silver medal. After that, Cronin played professional basketball in Israel for Maccabi Tiberias from 1990-1991, where he won the divisional championship.
Twenty years since his last Maccabiah competition, Cronin is very excited to have the opportunity to again represent America in Israel and reunite with old friends. "Jewish basketball has always been an integral part of my life," he says. "Reuniting with so many friends through Maccabiah has been incredible."
Cronin is a sports agent and currently resides with his wife Joanna, and three children, Pellegria (7), Jackson (5) and Luke (3), who will be joining him in Israel. He says, "I can't wait to introduce them to such an amazing experience."
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 world over 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.
"Now more than ever, we need to get involved and commit to building a proud Jewish identity among our young people in the U.S., Israel and the Diaspora," stated Ron Carner, general chairman, USA Maccabiah Team. "The Maccabiah (Games) is not just about sports, but about providing for these young people a Jewish awareness of who they are, where they come from and where they are going."
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. Over 9000 of the world's best Jewish athletes from six continents and over 60 countries will compete at the Games.