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The November 2013 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Monday, January 27, 2014
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Becky Kopilovich - University of San Francisco

 
 


SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco senior Rebecca Kopilovitch has been tapped as an Academic All-District VIII performer in the classroom, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Selected to the first team, Kopilovitch is one of three West Coast Conference student-athletes honored, alongside players from USC, UNLV, Oregon State and Fresno State. District VIII is made up of the geographical region that includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Canada.

Kopilovitch maintains a 3.94 grade-point average in her studies in finance. Along with her stellar academic standing, the native of Israel is a high-level performer on the court. In her final season in Green and Gold, she leads the Dons with 338 digs, or 3.98 per set. Last season, Kopilovitch was recognized as the WCC's Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

"This a great testament for Becky's hard work on and off the court and her commitment for excellence in everything she does," said head coach Gilad Doron. "She knows how to set her goals and make the sacrifice needed to reach them.  She has been an inspiration on the court and model student and citizen of the University of San Francisco, and of course our volleyball program.  I am so proud and happy for her and I am certain she will continue her success beyond her years as a Don." 
                                    

 
   
 

                                                                         

 Laetitia Beck - Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. – In the final Golf World/WGCA Division I College Women’s Coaches’ Poll of the fall season, Duke moved up to No. 3 following four top-four finishes to open the 2013-14 campaign. 

Southern California remained the No. 1 squad receiving 19 first place votes, while UCLA, Duke, Alabama, Washington, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Arkansas and Stanford rounded out the top 10.  Clemson, Arizona, Pepperdine, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Florida, Oregon, N.C. State, Michigan State, Kentucky, Northwestern, Iowa State, LSU, North Carolina and Wake Forest closed the top 25.

In four tournaments this fall, Duke turned four top-four finishes, including a victory and a second place ledger.  At the Tar Heel Invitational, the Blue Devils carded rounds of 286, 282 and 289 to win by 11 strokes against a solid field, which featured four top 10 teams. 

Duke freshman Yu Liu competed in three tournaments this fall and collected a team-best 71.67 stroke average, along with three top-10 finishes.  Senior Laetitia Beck  (Caesarea, Israel) carded three top-10 finishes in four tournaments, while totaling a 71.75 stroke average to lead the way for the Blue Devils.


  

                  ABOUT ISRAELBRIDGE
Who We Are: 

Ross Greenstein, Scholarship for Athletes President and Founder of The Israel Bridge

Dan Aronovic, Head of Operations, The Israel Bridge

Our Vision: 
The Israel Bridge will work to be the largest resource for connecting and developing relationships between Israelis and Americans.

Current activities: 
Finding athletic scholarships for deserving Israeli athletes in the US. We have sent over 100 athletes to the following schools:  Ohio State, UCLA,  Northwestern, Duke, Maryland, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona State, Binghamton, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of San Francisco and many others.

Visit our website for more info:
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Articles

           

 Tom Maayan, Seton Hall University


                                           

 Israeli Military Duty Stalls College Basketball Career

(FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES)  Written by Zach Schonbrun

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — "For months, Tom Maayan had been the focal point of an international tug of war, pitting the Israeli military against a major American university, while clouding what looked to be a bright basketball career. But when Maayan, a sophomore at Seton Hall, returned to the bustling campus here Aug. 16, after five months of army service in Upper Galilee, the northern Israeli province where he was raised, it was with a sense of relief.

He thought all that diplomatic jockeying was behind him. He believed that the army had granted him a temporary exemption, the kind bestowed on only a handful of exceptional athletes each year. He started at point guard in Seton Hall’s first game of the season, on Nov. 2.

But a winding and exhaustive ordeal was recently shaken off course again. According to an army spokesman, Maayan’s exemption was for only 120 days, and he was never officially permitted to leave Israel. The military expects him to return by Jan. 2."  READ MORE

The article above appeared in the New York Times on November 21st.  Instead of being a celebration of a top Israeli basketball player who is making a positive impact on college basketball, the article ended up questioning the reasons the Israeli military wouldn't let an athlete of this caliber defer his service and attend school on an athletic scholarship.  

So I would like to throw in my two cents as someone who has been helping Israeli athletes find scholarships over the past 10 years.  It is the obligation of all Israelis to come to an understanding with the Israeli army if and when they are drafted. The military will defer service for one or two athletes each year, but an official decision must be made by the head of the committee in the army that oversees athletes.  If you don't have an official release or deferment from the army, as an Israeli citizen you are in violation of the law if you leave the country. Period. If you decide to go to the US and play basketball anyway, you will not only be in trouble with the Israeli authorities, you end up losing a valuable scholarship for the college team.  This of course doesn't reflect well on the athlete, who knows that he/she just can't leave without making proper arrangements with the Israeli army but tries anyway.  This also happened last year with an Israeli athlete at a university in Hawaii. The school lost a valuable scholarship for a year because an Israeli athlete thought he could convince the army that he deserved a deferment after he started school. It just won't happen.


We talk to between 20 - 30 Israeli athletes each year, and the first question we ask is, "What about your army situation?"  If we are told that the athlete will figure that out later, we warn them that coaches need to know that your obligations have been met with the army before they offer any scholarship money.  Coaches do not like surprises after they have planned on having a certain player on their team and then find out they aren't coming.  

Rather than make the Israeli army culpable for Tom Maayan's missing the season, the article might also consider that it is the obligation of every Israeli to make arrangements with the military before accepting a scholarship.  If the army doesn't allow you to play basketball at 18, many Israeli basketball players have succeeded to play in college after their army service ended.  They end up going to school with more maturity and focus after 2 or 3 years in the army, and usually end up graduating in 4 years and not dropping out.  The majority of Israelis that went to school at the age of 18 with athletic scholarships never finished school in the US, because they simply weren't able to handle college life in the US without family support and the maturity and independence that comes from 3 years spent in the Israeli army.  


At The Israel Bridge we are dedicated to making the Israeli athletes experience in college a positive one, because we know that it will be a defining period of their lives.  Our definition of a positive experience is one that reflects well on the athlete, the school and the community.  

                           Dan Aronovic,  The Israel Bridge

                                    


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2013 November TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Sunday, January 26, 2014
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Becky Kopilovich - University of San Francisco

 
 


SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco senior Rebecca Kopilovitch has been tapped as an Academic All-District VIII performer in the classroom, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Selected to the first team, Kopilovitch is one of three West Coast Conference student-athletes honored, alongside players from USC, UNLV, Oregon State and Fresno State. District VIII is made up of the geographical region that includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Canada.

Kopilovitch maintains a 3.94 grade-point average in her studies in finance. Along with her stellar academic standing, the native of Israel is a high-level performer on the court. In her final season in Green and Gold, she leads the Dons with 338 digs, or 3.98 per set. Last season, Kopilovitch was recognized as the WCC's Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

"This a great testament for Becky's hard work on and off the court and her commitment for excellence in everything she does," said head coach Gilad Doron. "She knows how to set her goals and make the sacrifice needed to reach them.  She has been an inspiration on the court and model student and citizen of the University of San Francisco, and of course our volleyball program.  I am so proud and happy for her and I am certain she will continue her success beyond her years as a Don." 
                                    

 
   
 

                                                                         

 Laetitia Beck - Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. – In the final Golf World/WGCA Division I College Women’s Coaches’ Poll of the fall season, Duke moved up to No. 3 following four top-four finishes to open the 2013-14 campaign. 

Southern California remained the No. 1 squad receiving 19 first place votes, while UCLA, Duke, Alabama, Washington, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Arkansas and Stanford rounded out the top 10.  Clemson, Arizona, Pepperdine, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Florida, Oregon, N.C. State, Michigan State, Kentucky, Northwestern, Iowa State, LSU, North Carolina and Wake Forest closed the top 25.

In four tournaments this fall, Duke turned four top-four finishes, including a victory and a second place ledger.  At the Tar Heel Invitational, the Blue Devils carded rounds of 286, 282 and 289 to win by 11 strokes against a solid field, which featured four top 10 teams. 

Duke freshman Yu Liu competed in three tournaments this fall and collected a team-best 71.67 stroke average, along with three top-10 finishes.  Senior Laetitia Beck  (Caesarea, Israel) carded three top-10 finishes in four tournaments, while totaling a 71.75 stroke average to lead the way for the Blue Devils.


  

                  ABOUT ISRAELBRIDGE
Who We Are: 

Ross Greenstein, Scholarship for Athletes President and Founder of The Israel Bridge

Dan Aronovic, Head of Operations, The Israel Bridge

Our Vision: 
The Israel Bridge will work to be the largest resource for connecting and developing relationships between Israelis and Americans.

Current activities: 
Finding athletic scholarships for deserving Israeli athletes in the US. We have sent over 100 athletes to the following schools:  Ohio State, UCLA,  Northwestern, Duke, Maryland, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona State, Binghamton, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of San Francisco and many others.

Visit our website for more info:
www.theisraelbridge.org

Donate:
donate       


 
Articles

           

 Tom Maayan, Seton Hall University


                                           

 Israeli Military Duty Stalls College Basketball Career

(FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES)  Written by Zach Schonbrun

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — "For months, Tom Maayan had been the focal point of an international tug of war, pitting the Israeli military against a major American university, while clouding what looked to be a bright basketball career. But when Maayan, a sophomore at Seton Hall, returned to the bustling campus here Aug. 16, after five months of army service in Upper Galilee, the northern Israeli province where he was raised, it was with a sense of relief.

He thought all that diplomatic jockeying was behind him. He believed that the army had granted him a temporary exemption, the kind bestowed on only a handful of exceptional athletes each year. He started at point guard in Seton Hall’s first game of the season, on Nov. 2.

But a winding and exhaustive ordeal was recently shaken off course again. According to an army spokesman, Maayan’s exemption was for only 120 days, and he was never officially permitted to leave Israel. The military expects him to return by Jan. 2."  READ MORE

The article above appeared in the New York Times on November 21st.  Instead of being a celebration of a top Israeli basketball player who is making a positive impact on college basketball, the article ended up questioning the reasons the Israeli military wouldn't let an athlete of this caliber defer his service and attend school on an athletic scholarship.  

So I would like to throw in my two cents as someone who has been helping Israeli athletes find scholarships over the past 10 years.  It is the obligation of all Israelis to come to an understanding with the Israeli army if and when they are drafted. The military will defer service for one or two athletes each year, but an official decision must be made by the head of the committee in the army that oversees athletes.  If you don't have an official release or deferment from the army, as an Israeli citizen you are in violation of the law if you leave the country. Period. If you decide to go to the US and play basketball anyway, you will not only be in trouble with the Israeli authorities, you end up losing a valuable scholarship for the college team.  This of course doesn't reflect well on the athlete, who knows that he/she just can't leave without making proper arrangements with the Israeli army but tries anyway.  This also happened last year with an Israeli athlete at a university in Hawaii. The school lost a valuable scholarship for a year because an Israeli athlete thought he could convince the army that he deserved a deferment after he started school. It just won't happen.


We talk to between 20 - 30 Israeli athletes each year, and the first question we ask is, "What about your army situation?"  If we are told that the athlete will figure that out later, we warn them that coaches need to know that your obligations have been met with the army before they offer any scholarship money.  Coaches do not like surprises after they have planned on having a certain player on their team and then find out they aren't coming.  

Rather than make the Israeli army culpable for Tom Maayan's missing the season, the article might also consider that it is the obligation of every Israeli to make arrangements with the military before accepting a scholarship.  If the army doesn't allow you to play basketball at 18, many Israeli basketball players have succeeded to play in college after their army service ended.  They end up going to school with more maturity and focus after 2 or 3 years in the army, and usually end up graduating in 4 years and not dropping out.  The majority of Israelis that went to school at the age of 18 with athletic scholarships never finished school in the US, because they simply weren't able to handle college life in the US without family support and the maturity and independence that comes from 3 years spent in the Israeli army.  


At The Israel Bridge we are dedicated to making the Israeli athletes experience in college a positive one, because we know that it will be a defining period of their lives.  Our definition of a positive experience is one that reflects well on the athlete, the school and the community.  

                           Dan Aronovic,  The Israel Bridge

                                    


                                     MAP OF ISRAELI STUDENTS IN US 

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November 2013 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Thursday, January 16, 2014
Newsletter
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Becky Kopilovich - University of San Francisco

 
 


SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco senior Rebecca Kopilovitch has been tapped as an Academic All-District VIII performer in the classroom, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Selected to the first team, Kopilovitch is one of three West Coast Conference student-athletes honored, alongside players from USC, UNLV, Oregon State and Fresno State. District VIII is made up of the geographical region that includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Canada.

Kopilovitch maintains a 3.94 grade-point average in her studies in finance. Along with her stellar academic standing, the native of Israel is a high-level performer on the court. In her final season in Green and Gold, she leads the Dons with 338 digs, or 3.98 per set. Last season, Kopilovitch was recognized as the WCC's Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

"This a great testament for Becky's hard work on and off the court and her commitment for excellence in everything she does," said head coach Gilad Doron. "She knows how to set her goals and make the sacrifice needed to reach them.  She has been an inspiration on the court and model student and citizen of the University of San Francisco, and of course our volleyball program.  I am so proud and happy for her and I am certain she will continue her success beyond her years as a Don." 
                                    

 
   
 

                                                                         

 Laetitia Beck - Duke University

DURHAM, N.C. – In the final Golf World/WGCA Division I College Women’s Coaches’ Poll of the fall season, Duke moved up to No. 3 following four top-four finishes to open the 2013-14 campaign. 

Southern California remained the No. 1 squad receiving 19 first place votes, while UCLA, Duke, Alabama, Washington, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Arkansas and Stanford rounded out the top 10.  Clemson, Arizona, Pepperdine, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Florida, Oregon, N.C. State, Michigan State, Kentucky, Northwestern, Iowa State, LSU, North Carolina and Wake Forest closed the top 25.

In four tournaments this fall, Duke turned four top-four finishes, including a victory and a second place ledger.  At the Tar Heel Invitational, the Blue Devils carded rounds of 286, 282 and 289 to win by 11 strokes against a solid field, which featured four top 10 teams. 

Duke freshman Yu Liu competed in three tournaments this fall and collected a team-best 71.67 stroke average, along with three top-10 finishes.  Senior Laetitia Beck  (Caesarea, Israel) carded three top-10 finishes in four tournaments, while totaling a 71.75 stroke average to lead the way for the Blue Devils.


  

                  ABOUT ISRAELBRIDGE
Who We Are: 

Ross Greenstein, Scholarship for Athletes President and Founder of The Israel Bridge

Dan Aronovic, Head of Operations, The Israel Bridge

Our Vision: 
The Israel Bridge will work to be the largest resource for connecting and developing relationships between Israelis and Americans.

Current activities: 
Finding athletic scholarships for deserving Israeli athletes in the US. We have sent over 100 athletes to the following schools:  Ohio State, UCLA,  Northwestern, Duke, Maryland, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona State, Binghamton, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, University of San Francisco and many others.

Visit our website for more info:
www.theisraelbridge.org

Donate:
donate       


 
Articles

           

 Tom Maayan, Seton Hall University


                                           

 Israeli Military Duty Stalls College Basketball Career

(FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES)  Written by Zach Schonbrun

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — "For months, Tom Maayan had been the focal point of an international tug of war, pitting the Israeli military against a major American university, while clouding what looked to be a bright basketball career. But when Maayan, a sophomore at Seton Hall, returned to the bustling campus here Aug. 16, after five months of army service in Upper Galilee, the northern Israeli province where he was raised, it was with a sense of relief.

He thought all that diplomatic jockeying was behind him. He believed that the army had granted him a temporary exemption, the kind bestowed on only a handful of exceptional athletes each year. He started at point guard in Seton Hall’s first game of the season, on Nov. 2.

But a winding and exhaustive ordeal was recently shaken off course again. According to an army spokesman, Maayan’s exemption was for only 120 days, and he was never officially permitted to leave Israel. The military expects him to return by Jan. 2."  READ MORE

The article above appeared in the New York Times on November 21st.  Instead of being a celebration of a top Israeli basketball player who is making a positive impact on college basketball, the article ended up questioning the reasons the Israeli military wouldn't let an athlete of this caliber defer his service and attend school on an athletic scholarship.  

So I would like to throw in my two cents as someone who has been helping Israeli athletes find scholarships over the past 10 years.  It is the obligation of all Israelis to come to an understanding with the Israeli army if and when they are drafted. The military will defer service for one or two athletes each year, but an official decision must be made by the head of the committee in the army that oversees athletes.  If you don't have an official release or deferment from the army, as an Israeli citizen you are in violation of the law if you leave the country. Period. If you decide to go to the US and play basketball anyway, you will not only be in trouble with the Israeli authorities, you end up losing a valuable scholarship for the college team.  This of course doesn't reflect well on the athlete, who knows that he/she just can't leave without making proper arrangements with the Israeli army but tries anyway.  This also happened last year with an Israeli athlete at a university in Hawaii. The school lost a valuable scholarship for a year because an Israeli athlete thought he could convince the army that he deserved a deferment after he started school. It just won't happen.


We talk to between 20 - 30 Israeli athletes each year, and the first question we ask is, "What about your army situation?"  If we are told that the athlete will figure that out later, we warn them that coaches need to know that your obligations have been met with the army before they offer any scholarship money.  Coaches do not like surprises after they have planned on having a certain player on their team and then find out they aren't coming.  

Rather than make the Israeli army culpable for Tom Maayan's missing the season, the article might also consider that it is the obligation of every Israeli to make arrangements with the military before accepting a scholarship.  If the army doesn't allow you to play basketball at 18, many Israeli basketball players have succeeded to play in college after their army service ended.  They end up going to school with more maturity and focus after 2 or 3 years in the army, and usually end up graduating in 4 years and not dropping out.  The majority of Israelis that went to school at the age of 18 with athletic scholarships never finished school in the US, because they simply weren't able to handle college life in the US without family support and the maturity and independence that comes from 3 years spent in the Israeli army.  


At The Israel Bridge we are dedicated to making the Israeli athletes experience in college a positive one, because we know that it will be a defining period of their lives.  Our definition of a positive experience is one that reflects well on the athlete, the school and the community.  

                           Dan Aronovic,  The Israel Bridge

                                    


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October 2012 TIB Newsletter

Dan Aronovic - Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Newsletter
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Naama Shafir, University of Toledo 

 
 


TOLEDO, OH - Senior Naama Shafir (Hoshaya, Israel), senior Lecretia Smith (Fort Wayne, IN), senior Yolanda Richardson (Toledo, OH) and senior Riley McCormick (Cleveland, OH) have been named captains for the Rockets' 2012-13 campaign, fifth-year Head Coach Tricia Cullop announced on Thursday, Oct. 4. The quartet was selected based on votes by team members.

Shafir, a 5-foot-7 guard, returns for a fifth year after being redshirted last year due to tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee just four games into last season. A candidate for MAC Player of the Year honors, Shafir has appeared in the starting lineup in all 106 games of her collegiate career. The three-time all-conference selection currently sits fourth in Toledo annals in career assists (569), fifth in free throws made (441), eighth in scoring average (13.7 ppg) and free-throw percentage (76.8%, 441-of-574) and 10th in points (1,452), steals (168) and minutes played (3,210). The two-time team captain has scored in double figures on 77 occasions in her career and dished out at least six assists 44 times while donning the Midnight Blue & Gold.

See Naama Shafir video bio at http://www.utrockets.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18000&ATCLID=205705340


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Happy Birthday, Karin Sendel - Makes Assist Against Elon, UNCG Wins So. Conference


     


ELON, N.C.The UNCG women's soccer team scored two goals to secure its ninth Southern Conference regular season championship against Elon, 2-0, Wednesday night at Rudd Field. The Spartans earn the No. 1 seed in the SoCon Tournament starting Sunday, Oct. 28 against Georgia Southern at 3 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.  

"It feels really good, I am extremely excited for our team," said head coach Steve Nugent. "The team has put in a lot of effort since August and it hasn't been easy. I am happy for our program and UNCG soccer because this is where we want to be." 

UNCG continues its road dominance in the SoCon as the Spartans are unbeaten in their last 21 road games. The Spartans improve to 12-6-1 overall and finish with a 9-1-1 SoCon record. The Blue and Gold have won the last six games all on shutouts.

The Spartans took a 1-0 lead after senior 
Lauren Hein (Torrance, Calif./South Torrance) played a nice ball to classmate and birthday girl  Karin Sendel (Kiryat Tivon, Israel/Ort Kiryat Bialik) who beat the keeper and passed it to freshman Katherine Rodriguez (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin) who fired home her fifth goal of the season. It marks the fourth straight game that Rodriguez has found the back of the net. 

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                         Shay Sade

Soccer Sets School Wins Mark After 2-1 Victory Over Cleveland State

 

The Youngstown State women's soccer team broke the school's single-season wins record after defeating Cleveland State, 2-1, on Wednesday evening at Stambaugh Stadium.

With the win, the Guins improve to 7-5 overall and 2-1 in the Horizon League. The victory also marks the first time YSU has won two Horizon League matches in the same year.

The Guins did not waste any time getting on the board. Just 1:08 into the match, sophomore Chelsey Haney floated a shot over the Cleveland State goalkeeper's head and into the lower-right corner of the net to give the Guins a 1-0 lead. The goal was Haney's fifth of the season and was assisted by Taylor Gapczynski and Katie Hohmann.

Freshman Shay Sade scored her first career goal at the 34:52 mark of the first half to give the Guins a 2-0 edge. Sade was in the right place at the right time when a loose ball found her open on the right side of the field and 15-yards out.


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                      Nof Kedem - Northwestern

Wildcats Host St. Xavier for Exhibition Game Sunday

Oct. 26, 2012

EVANSTON, Ill. – Sunday is the first chance to catch the 2012-13 Northwestern women’s basketball team in action as the Wildcats are set to host their lone exhibition game before officially opening the regular season on Nov. 9. NU welcomes St. Xavier to Welsh-Ryan Arena for a 2 p.m. game and admission is FREE for fans.
 
Head coach Joe McKeown begins his fifth season at the helm and his 2012-13 squad includes eight letterwinners from 2011-12 along with five newcomers. 
 
The Wildcats welcome 6-2 forward Devon Brookshire (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Bishop Montgomery), 6-2 forward Lauren Douglas (Collierville, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian), 6-3 forward Christen Johnson(Powder Springs, Ga./The Lovett School), 5-6 guard Nof Kedem (Olesh, Israel/Ostrovski) and 6-1 forwardMaggie Lyon (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) to the squad as this year’s freshman class.


 
   
 

         

ABOUT THE ISRAEL BRIDGE


Who We Are: 


Ross Greenstein
, Scholarship for Athletes President and Founder of The Israel Bridge

Dan Aronovic, Head of Operations, The Israel Bridge

Our Vision: 


The Israel Bridge will work to be the largest resource for connecting and developing relationships between Israelis and Americans.

Current activities: 


Finding athletic scholarships for deserving Israeli athletes in the US and introducing them to local Jewish families. We have had over 80 athletes attending schools like UCLA, Ohio State, Temple, Northwestern, Duke, Maryland, UNLV, Arizona, Arizona State, Rutgers, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the University of San Francisco and many others.

Visit our website for more info

http://israelbridge.org

Donate:
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Articles
  

   

Benjamin Delgado-Rochas, a senior at Grand Valley State, was selected as one of 15 student ambassadors for McGraw Hill Publishing following a competitive national interviewing process.

Delgado-Rochas, an international business and marketing student from Tel Aviv, Israel, first received information about the opportunity from Jayne Dissette, an adjunct instructor with Seidman Management and the School of Computing Science, who urged him to pursue the position.

“The application process was very complex,” said Delgado-Rochas. “I had to apply online, had two phone interviews, and then a week or two later I was accepted.”

Delgado-Rochas said he is taking this unpaid opportunity to expand the skills he is learning in his academic programs and applying them to a real-world situation. His responsibilities are to connect with students and to conduct research for McGraw Hill’s Connect/LearnSmart, an online student resource.

Connect/LearnSmart is designed to enhance students’ learning experience through educational outlines of textbook chapters, quizzes and study guides. The online software aims to increase student grades and encourages students to participate more in class.

“McGraw Hill has many goals they want to achieve, beginning with increasing the recognition of their smart learning system,” said Delgado-Rochas. He is conducting marketing research on campus and utilizing social media to share information with students.

“We use Facebook to post articles and related materials,” said Delgado-Rochas. “I’m also trying to talk to students and learn what they know about Connect/LearnSmart and McGraw Hill in general. It’s satisfying to me to continue working and gaining more experience in the social media marketing, and to be a part of such a major organization as McGraw Hill,” he said.
 

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                            Kosta Blank

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - UNCW's Kosta Blank and Michael Reilly captured singles titles and Pedro Mol combined with Zach Hublitz for a doubles crown on the final day of the Wake Forest Fall Tennis Invitational Sunday at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

Blank cruised Wake's Sam Bloom, 6-2, 6-2, in the final of the B Singles flight, while Reilly topped Furman's Matt Browne, 6-2, 6-4, in the C Singles finale.

"I am very pleased with our overall performance this weekend," said Head Coach Mait DuBois. "To win three different draws at a very strong tournament gives us a lot of confidence going into next weekends regional event.

"We can always count on Kosta being the real consistent rock of our team and he once again put in a very professional performance. He went 4-0 in singles, won his flight and went 2-1 in doubles. His consistency day-in and day-out for us makes such an impact on our younger players. He has made several additions to his game as well and is looking extremely strong."

Kosta's Blog:  The Blank Page: Installment #1

Courtesy: UNCW Sports Information  
Release: 10/24/2012
View largerCourtesy: Joe Browning

Back In Black, Sunday Oct. 14

      So here we go. It has been a tradition Kinshuk ("Good Karma with Sharma") started a few years ago, Now it's my turn to write the blog. Please be aware that English is my third language and the highest grade I got in my English and Lit classes was a B+.  But welcome to my blog about what life is like for a UNCW men's tennis player.

      There are a lot of things that happened this weekend at the Wake Forest Fall Invitational in Winston Salem.  We left Wilmington on Thursday at Noon. It was really cool to see that Coach was bringing his A game and picked us up on time by Wagoner Hall (our on campus cafeteria). We traveled in two mini-vans and I got to be with Taylor, Blitz (Zach), Sam and Coop (Chris). The ride was extremely funny - everyone was very excited about the tournament and the good mood caused a lot of good jokes in the car. The four-hour ride went by in a blink of an eye. We got to Winston-Salem around 5 p.m. and got to practice at Wake Forest's facility. There were 12 outdoor and 8 indoor courts at the facility just by the football Stadium. It's the same site as where they play the $250,000 ATP Event Winston Salem Open.

      After practice, we went to Ruby Tuesday's for dinner. Since it was Rafa's birthday he got a little cupcake and a phone number written with chocolate syrup on the plate - it made Rafa blush! The whole team was singing happy birthday to Rafa which made him blush even more. We had a meeting with coach that night; I like those meetings. They give confidence to the players going into the first day of the tournament. It's nice to know how the day is planned and how many matches we are playing the next day. We got some good sleep and got ready to battle it out since we knew every day would be a LONG day.

      The pairings for double were as follows: Blitz and Pedro, Reilly (Michael) and Kaue, Sam and Rafa. Coop, unfortunately, got to play doubles with me. All of us played two doubles matches and had a singles to follow. Blitz, Reiley and Cheers (Matt) got to play indoors, while the rest of the team got to play outdoors. I was pretty happy about playing outdoors - it was a nice and sunny 65 degree weather with no wind, and playing outside was just perfect. Our overall record for the day was 17-4, which is pretty good.

      We came back to the hotel around 8 p.m. after getting dinner at the same Ruby Tuesday's that we ate the night before. Another meeting with coaches and we are headed to our beds. We all know that tomorrow will be a bit tougher. Saturday was a hard day with a doubles match and two singles matches to follow. It was really challenging for our coaches to keep up with the matches since the facility was spread out and most of us played at the same time. A lot of times we had to play for quite some time without anyone cheering for us and it was just another challenge that we had to face. After all this is Fall and things like that would not happen in Spring.

      On a positive note, it was really nice that Coop's mom and brother came all the way from Colorado to cheer for us at the tournament. It is always exciting when family members come to cheer, especially if they live so far away. Another really cool thing that happened that day was a few facts that Blitz and Reilly figured out about our coach's past. Coach Choboy - the current head coach of the N.C. State tennis team used to coach Coach DuBois in his college days at Charleston Southern and told the guys some things that we never heard. The funniest one was our coach's nickname in college - "Chizzler." Apparently, chizzling is a slang term for slicing the ball and that is what our coach used to do all the time in his college career. So from now on we refer to Coach as "The Chizzler."

      So let me jump back to the tournament. We had a tough day, but some good results as well. Our doubles definitely got better and in singles we had plenty of success with chizzling and battling our way through. I have to mention that there were quite a few distractions Saturday. There was a high school state band competition at the football stadium and there was a lot of noise distracting the players. It was just another challenge that we had to work through and that made us a little tougher. The day is over and while everyone is having a nice weekend we are getting ready for the final day of the tournament and we are pumped up to finish it the Seahawk way and get the "W".

      The Sunday matches went well for us and we compiled a record of 8-1. The summary of the results would be: Reilly won the C flight in singles, Blitz and Pedro won the B flight in doubles (shout out to Blitz who has been working hard on his volleys for the last few weeks - and for beating Reilly and Kaue in the finals. It's always kind of weird to play your teammates in a tournament, but it does lead to some funny moments.  Both doubles teams got one of our coaches with each of them and it was pretty intense.  Reilly and Kaue tried to get into the other guy's heads when their was a break. Reilly started doing push-ups on the court and Kaue knocked out some Burpee's. The crowd laughed and thought it was pretty funny. They obviously weren't used to how hard we like to compete.

      I got lucky enough to win the B draw in singles. We definitely had some good matches and improved a lot. We got back to Wilmington around 9 p.m. Sunday night just in time to get some rest and catch up on some assignments that we missed. It'd been a great weekend and it will just get better! I look forward to my next blog about the USTA/ITA Regional Championship in Cary, NC!

      Go Seahawks!

 


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TOLEDO, OH - Senior Naama Shafir (Hoshaya, Israel), senior Lecretia Smith (Fort Wayne, IN), senior Yolanda Richardson (Toledo, OH) and senior Riley McCormick (Cleveland, OH) have been named captains for the Rockets' 2012-13 campaign, fifth-year Head Coach Tricia Cullop announced on Thursday, Oct. 4. The quartet was selected based on votes by team members.

Shafir, a 5-foot-7 guard, returns for a fifth year after being redshirted last year due to tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee just four games into last season. A candidate for MAC Player of the Year honors, Shafir has appeared in the starting lineup in all 106 games of her collegiate career. The three-time all-conference selection currently sits fourth in Toledo annals in career assists (569), fifth in free throws made (441), eighth in scoring average (13.7 ppg) and free-throw percentage (76.8%, 441-of-574) and 10th in points (1,452), steals (168) and minutes played (3,210). The two-time team captain has scored in double figures on 77 occasions in her career and dished out at least six assists 44 times while donning the Midnight Blue & Gold.

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Happy Birthday, Karin Sendel - Makes Assist Against Elon, UNCG Wins So. Conference


     


ELON, N.C.The UNCG women's soccer team scored two goals to secure its ninth Southern Conference regular season championship against Elon, 2-0, Wednesday night at Rudd Field. The Spartans earn the No. 1 seed in the SoCon Tournament starting Sunday, Oct. 28 against Georgia Southern at 3 p.m. at the UNCG Soccer Stadium.  

"It feels really good, I am extremely excited for our team," said head coach Steve Nugent. "The team has put in a lot of effort since August and it hasn't been easy. I am happy for our program and UNCG soccer because this is where we want to be." 

UNCG continues its road dominance in the SoCon as the Spartans are unbeaten in their last 21 road games. The Spartans improve to 12-6-1 overall and finish with a 9-1-1 SoCon record. The Blue and Gold have won the last six games all on shutouts.

The Spartans took a 1-0 lead after senior 
Lauren Hein (Torrance, Calif./South Torrance) played a nice ball to classmate and birthday girl  Karin Sendel (Kiryat Tivon, Israel/Ort Kiryat Bialik) who beat the keeper and passed it to freshman Katherine Rodriguez (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin) who fired home her fifth goal of the season. It marks the fourth straight game that Rodriguez has found the back of the net. 

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                         Shay Sade

Soccer Sets School Wins Mark After 2-1 Victory Over Cleveland State

 

The Youngstown State women's soccer team broke the school's single-season wins record after defeating Cleveland State, 2-1, on Wednesday evening at Stambaugh Stadium.

With the win, the Guins improve to 7-5 overall and 2-1 in the Horizon League. The victory also marks the first time YSU has won two Horizon League matches in the same year.

The Guins did not waste any time getting on the board. Just 1:08 into the match, sophomore Chelsey Haney floated a shot over the Cleveland State goalkeeper's head and into the lower-right corner of the net to give the Guins a 1-0 lead. The goal was Haney's fifth of the season and was assisted by Taylor Gapczynski and Katie Hohmann.

Freshman Shay Sade scored her first career goal at the 34:52 mark of the first half to give the Guins a 2-0 edge. Sade was in the right place at the right time when a loose ball found her open on the right side of the field and 15-yards out.


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                      Nof Kedem - Northwestern

Wildcats Host St. Xavier for Exhibition Game Sunday

Oct. 26, 2012

EVANSTON, Ill. – Sunday is the first chance to catch the 2012-13 Northwestern women’s basketball team in action as the Wildcats are set to host their lone exhibition game before officially opening the regular season on Nov. 9. NU welcomes St. Xavier to Welsh-Ryan Arena for a 2 p.m. game and admission is FREE for fans.
 
Head coach Joe McKeown begins his fifth season at the helm and his 2012-13 squad includes eight letterwinners from 2011-12 along with five newcomers. 
 
The Wildcats welcome 6-2 forward Devon Brookshire (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Bishop Montgomery), 6-2 forward Lauren Douglas (Collierville, Tenn./Briarcrest Christian), 6-3 forward Christen Johnson(Powder Springs, Ga./The Lovett School), 5-6 guard Nof Kedem (Olesh, Israel/Ostrovski) and 6-1 forwardMaggie Lyon (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) to the squad as this year’s freshman class.


 
   
 

         

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Benjamin Delgado-Rochas, a senior at Grand Valley State, was selected as one of 15 student ambassadors for McGraw Hill Publishing following a competitive national interviewing process.

Delgado-Rochas, an international business and marketing student from Tel Aviv, Israel, first received information about the opportunity from Jayne Dissette, an adjunct instructor with Seidman Management and the School of Computing Science, who urged him to pursue the position.

“The application process was very complex,” said Delgado-Rochas. “I had to apply online, had two phone interviews, and then a week or two later I was accepted.”

Delgado-Rochas said he is taking this unpaid opportunity to expand the skills he is learning in his academic programs and applying them to a real-world situation. His responsibilities are to connect with students and to conduct research for McGraw Hill’s Connect/LearnSmart, an online student resource.

Connect/LearnSmart is designed to enhance students’ learning experience through educational outlines of textbook chapters, quizzes and study guides. The online software aims to increase student grades and encourages students to participate more in class.

“McGraw Hill has many goals they want to achieve, beginning with increasing the recognition of their smart learning system,” said Delgado-Rochas. He is conducting marketing research on campus and utilizing social media to share information with students.

“We use Facebook to post articles and related materials,” said Delgado-Rochas. “I’m also trying to talk to students and learn what they know about Connect/LearnSmart and McGraw Hill in general. It’s satisfying to me to continue working and gaining more experience in the social media marketing, and to be a part of such a major organization as McGraw Hill,” he said.
 

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                            Kosta Blank

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina - UNCW's Kosta Blank and Michael Reilly captured singles titles and Pedro Mol combined with Zach Hublitz for a doubles crown on the final day of the Wake Forest Fall Tennis Invitational Sunday at the Wake Forest Tennis Center.

Blank cruised Wake's Sam Bloom, 6-2, 6-2, in the final of the B Singles flight, while Reilly topped Furman's Matt Browne, 6-2, 6-4, in the C Singles finale.

"I am very pleased with our overall performance this weekend," said Head Coach Mait DuBois. "To win three different draws at a very strong tournament gives us a lot of confidence going into next weekends regional event.

"We can always count on Kosta being the real consistent rock of our team and he once again put in a very professional performance. He went 4-0 in singles, won his flight and went 2-1 in doubles. His consistency day-in and day-out for us makes such an impact on our younger players. He has made several additions to his game as well and is looking extremely strong."

Kosta's Blog:  The Blank Page: Installment #1

Courtesy: UNCW Sports Information  
Release: 10/24/2012
View largerCourtesy: Joe Browning

Back In Black, Sunday Oct. 14

      So here we go. It has been a tradition Kinshuk ("Good Karma with Sharma") started a few years ago, Now it's my turn to write the blog. Please be aware that English is my third language and the highest grade I got in my English and Lit classes was a B+.  But welcome to my blog about what life is like for a UNCW men's tennis player.

      There are a lot of things that happened this weekend at the Wake Forest Fall Invitational in Winston Salem.  We left Wilmington on Thursday at Noon. It was really cool to see that Coach was bringing his A game and picked us up on time by Wagoner Hall (our on campus cafeteria). We traveled in two mini-vans and I got to be with Taylor, Blitz (Zach), Sam and Coop (Chris). The ride was extremely funny - everyone was very excited about the tournament and the good mood caused a lot of good jokes in the car. The four-hour ride went by in a blink of an eye. We got to Winston-Salem around 5 p.m. and got to practice at Wake Forest's facility. There were 12 outdoor and 8 indoor courts at the facility just by the football Stadium. It's the same site as where they play the $250,000 ATP Event Winston Salem Open.

      After practice, we went to Ruby Tuesday's for dinner. Since it was Rafa's birthday he got a little cupcake and a phone number written with chocolate syrup on the plate - it made Rafa blush! The whole team was singing happy birthday to Rafa which made him blush even more. We had a meeting with coach that night; I like those meetings. They give confidence to the players going into the first day of the tournament. It's nice to know how the day is planned and how many matches we are playing the next day. We got some good sleep and got ready to battle it out since we knew every day would be a LONG day.

      The pairings for double were as follows: Blitz and Pedro, Reilly (Michael) and Kaue, Sam and Rafa. Coop, unfortunately, got to play doubles with me. All of us played two doubles matches and had a singles to follow. Blitz, Reiley and Cheers (Matt) got to play indoors, while the rest of the team got to play outdoors. I was pretty happy about playing outdoors - it was a nice and sunny 65 degree weather with no wind, and playing outside was just perfect. Our overall record for the day was 17-4, which is pretty good.

      We came back to the hotel around 8 p.m. after getting dinner at the same Ruby Tuesday's that we ate the night before. Another meeting with coaches and we are headed to our beds. We all know that tomorrow will be a bit tougher. Saturday was a hard day with a doubles match and two singles matches to follow. It was really challenging for our coaches to keep up with the matches since the facility was spread out and most of us played at the same time. A lot of times we had to play for quite some time without anyone cheering for us and it was just another challenge that we had to face. After all this is Fall and things like that would not happen in Spring.

      On a positive note, it was really nice that Coop's mom and brother came all the way from Colorado to cheer for us at the tournament. It is always exciting when family members come to cheer, especially if they live so far away. Another really cool thing that happened that day was a few facts that Blitz and Reilly figured out about our coach's past. Coach Choboy - the current head coach of the N.C. State tennis team used to coach Coach DuBois in his college days at Charleston Southern and told the guys some things that we never heard. The funniest one was our coach's nickname in college - "Chizzler." Apparently, chizzling is a slang term for slicing the ball and that is what our coach used to do all the time in his college career. So from now on we refer to Coach as "The Chizzler."

      So let me jump back to the tournament. We had a tough day, but some good results as well. Our doubles definitely got better and in singles we had plenty of success with chizzling and battling our way through. I have to mention that there were quite a few distractions Saturday. There was a high school state band competition at the football stadium and there was a lot of noise distracting the players. It was just another challenge that we had to work through and that made us a little tougher. The day is over and while everyone is having a nice weekend we are getting ready for the final day of the tournament and we are pumped up to finish it the Seahawk way and get the "W".

      The Sunday matches went well for us and we compiled a record of 8-1. The summary of the results would be: Reilly won the C flight in singles, Blitz and Pedro won the B flight in doubles (shout out to Blitz who has been working hard on his volleys for the last few weeks - and for beating Reilly and Kaue in the finals. It's always kind of weird to play your teammates in a tournament, but it does lead to some funny moments.  Both doubles teams got one of our coaches with each of them and it was pretty intense.  Reilly and Kaue tried to get into the other guy's heads when their was a break. Reilly started doing push-ups on the court and Kaue knocked out some Burpee's. The crowd laughed and thought it was pretty funny. They obviously weren't used to how hard we like to compete.

      I got lucky enough to win the B draw in singles. We definitely had some good matches and improved a lot. We got back to Wilmington around 9 p.m. Sunday night just in time to get some rest and catch up on some assignments that we missed. It'd been a great weekend and it will just get better! I look forward to my next blog about the USTA/ITA Regional Championship in Cary, NC!

      Go Seahawks!

 


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