Philadelphia, Pa. (May 26) -- MIT men's basketball assistant coach David Kroopnick will serve as an assistant coach for the Maccabi USA Basketball Juniors Boys' Basketball Team that will compete at the 15th European Maccabi Games from July 28-August 7 in Budapest, Hungary. The organization recently announced the roster for the event as nine athletes from five different states will compete.
Maccabi USA will bring a team of 200+ athletes who will join the other 2,000 Jewish athletes from 29 countries, participating in 22 different sports.
Kroopnick wrapped up his second season with the Engineers in 2018-19 as the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year. In his first season, MIT captured the NEWMAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second time in program history.
The European Games are a high-level athletic competition for Jewish athletes all over the world aimed at connecting Jews from the Diaspora. They are hosted by the European Maccabi Confederation and conducted in cooperation with Maccabi World Union. They are held every four years, two years after the Maccabiah is held.
Maccabi USA builds Jewish pride through sports, generating the emotional intensity, high ideals, and powerful camaraderie of competition. We connect athletes, volunteers, and supporters with the global Jewish community. Our athletic, educational, and cultural experiences build Jewish identity, perpetuate Jewish continuity worldwide, and strengthen support for the State of Israel.