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Dan Aronovic - Thursday, June 07, 2018



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Who We Are:
Ross Greenstein, Former Scholarship for Athletes President and Founder of The Israel Bridge

Dan Aronovic, Head of Operations, The Israel Bridge

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

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Finding athletic scholarships for deserving Israeli athletes in the US. We have helped over 130 athletes to attend schools like Princeton University, The University of Michigan, The University of Minnesota (Twin Cities), Tulane, Ohio State, UCLA, USC, Northwestern, UNLV, Arizona, Rutgers, San Diego State, University of San Francisco, University of Washington and many others.

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       Wake Forest Men's Tennis Wins NCAA Championships 


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Capping a season in which the Wake Forest men’s tennis team occupied the No. 1 spot from the get-go, the Demon Deacons defeated No. 3 Ohio State, 4-2, to capture the 2018 NCAA National Championship for the first time in program history on Tuesday, May 22 at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex.

Off the coin flip, the championship match lived up to its billing in doubles and singles with the outcome hinging on the last two courts.

Senior Skander Mansouri put Wake Forest up 3-2, causing heads to swivel between the final courts – one and four. At the time, Ohio State’s Tim Seibert was trying to force a third set on Bar Botzer (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL), up 5-2 on court four, while No. 7 Borna Gojo was trying to do the same on court one against No. 6 Mikael Torpegaard. As Gojo fought into a tiebreaker, Botzer staged a furious comeback, winning five straight games to clinch the Demon Deacons’ Championship.

The NCAA title represents the school’s ninth team championship. Wake Forest’s run in the NCAA Tournament started to be historical after earning the program's first trip to the semifinals, leaving the two next matches to further rewrite the record books. The Demon Deacons finished 31-2 overall, a program record for wins in a season, while Ohio State closed the season 34-3.



   Adva Cohen Named NJCAA D1 National Track Athlete of the Year      

NEW ORLEANS, May 23, 2018   National Athletes and Coaches of the Year for the 2018 NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field season were announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  Adva Cohen (Jerusalem, ISRAEL) was named the National Track Athlete of the Year.

Cohen was simply dominant during her freshman campaign. The runner from Israel totaled 32 points for the Iowa Central Tritons by winning the 1500, 5000 and steeplechase while anchoring the second-place 4×800 relay team at the NJCAA Division championships. She was just as spectacular during the regular season, breaking the Israeli national record in the steeplechase with a time of 9:52.37, winning the Drake Relays in the process. She also broke the NJCAA 5000-meter record with a time of 16:07.03 at the Kansas Relays, also doubling as an Israeli national record. From the 1500m to the 5K, Cohen has dropped one unbelievable performance after another this spring, highlighted by her 9:52.37 3K steeple at the Drake Relays that broke the Israeli, NJCAA, and Drake Relays records. That time would currently rank sixth in the NCAA. She is also knocking on the door of sub-16 minutes in the 5K, as Cohen ran a 16:07 PR at Kansas Relays less than a month ago. She’ll head to the University of New Mexico this upcoming fall, where Cohen seems destined to become a Division I star as she joins the reigning NCAA cross country champions in Albuquerque. 


                         Gilad Berman, Georgia Gwinnett College

DYNASTY! Georgia Gwinnett College Men's Tennis Captures Fifth Consecutive NAIA National Championship

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Five seasons of postseason play have resulted in five NAIA national championship titles for the Georgia Gwinnett College men's tennis program – the latest coming with a resounding 5-0 victory against No. 2-seeded Keiser University (Fla.) Saturday afternoon at the Mobile Tennis Center.

The Grizzlies closed out play in this year's national championships by not losing a single point in four rounds of matches.

GGC players and coaching staff chanted "Dynasty" after the team wrapped up the latest championship.

"We have a special group of players. Five in a row is a special feat," said Head Coach Chase Hodges. "I am super proud of the guys. Every opponent gives us their best and even with those stiff challenges we continue to win at a high level."

The Grizzlies set a winning pace early by dominating all three doubles matches.

The senior tandem of Kevin Konfederak and Gilad Berman (Ramat Hasharon, ISRAEL) won eight of 10 games to grab the first point of the match.

"The first point is always huge, giving us momentum for the rest of the match," noted Hodges. "We have put a lot of emphasis on doubles in practice. We make life easy on us with strong doubles play."  

Berman was named the national championships' Most Outstanding Player while Hodges was once again named the NAIA Coach of the Year.

"I am really happy for Gilad," said Hodges. "I love all of my players, but to have a senior clinch the point and to have the career he has had is remarkable."









































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