Philadelphia Jennifer Fleischer (New Hartford, N.Y.) earned a trip to Israel to compete as a member of the U.S. Basketball Team in the 17th World Maccabiah Games to be held July 11-21, 2005.
Fleischer, currently a junior on the Penn women’s basketball team, participated in try-outs for the squad on Oct. 2-3 and received word that she would be representing her country at the Games on Oct. 25.
“I am very excited,” Fleischer exclaimed. “To be able to represent Penn, and the U.S. in this way is a great honor. I am looking forward to the international basketball experience and the wonderful cultural opportunities. I can't wait.”
The U.S. Team that will travel to Israel is sponsored by Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel. The organization’s mission is to, through sports, perpetuate and preserve the American Jewish community by encouraging Jewish pride, strengthening Jewish bonds and by creating a heightened awareness of Israel and Jewish identity.
The organization develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional athletic-based activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes the world over the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive athletic settings.
The Penn women’s basketball team is coming off a 17-11 season and its second Ivy League championship with an 11-3 mark in the Ancient Eight. The Quakers return three of their five starters from the 2003-04 season and look to defend their Ivy title when the season opens on Nov. 21, 2004. Penn hosts Northeastern at 1 p.m. in The Palestra.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications