BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- University of Central Florida women's collegiate club coach and former Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) standout Ory Tasman will dive back into the water this Summer as he competes as part of the United States delegation to the 2017 Maccabiah Games in Israel on July 5-17.
A 2015 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Division III All-America First Team selection after leading the Engineers with 105 goals — the most goals recorded in a single-season in MIT history — and a three-time Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Northern Division All-Conference Second Team selection (2013, 2014, 2015), he left Cambridge (Mass.) in 2016 with a degree in computer science and electrical engineering.
Employed at AMD Advanced Micro Devices in Orlando, Fla. as a computer engineer designing modeling programs, he most recently led the UCF women's collegiate club team to the Southeast Division Championship with a perfect 11-0 mark and Fifth Place finish at the 2017 Women's National Collegiate Club Championship hosted by the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa.
A first-time Maccabiah Games participant, it will mark Tasman's first international tournament experience as a member of Team USA as he attempted to participate at the 2015 Pan American Games. However, the water polo competition was cancelled due to a lack of national teams.
One of three siblings to compete in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) as brothers Seth and Ian played at Iona College and Mercyhurst University, respectively, he is passionate about Israel and was a representative of MIT's 2016 David Project, a nonprofit organization that empowers student leaders to build mutually beneficial and enduring partnerships with diverse student organizations so that the pro-Israel community is integrated and valued on campus.
Additional information on Tasman's selection to the Maccabiah Games' roster is available by CLICKING HERE.
The Maccabiah Games will consist of over 42 sports, lasting 12 days with 7,500+ athletes from over 70 countries. The World Maccabiah Games are the third largest international sporting competition in the world and the world's largest international Jewish event. The Maccabiah Games is more than an international sporting competition; it is a celebration of Jewish culture, unity and pride. ISRAEL CONNECT, Maccabi USA's unique cultural and educational program, takes place for six days prior to the start of the Games. All Juniors, Youth and Open athletes participate in the program where they have the opportunity to tour historical and religious sites, take part in cultural identity seminars, and train with their respective teams, all while bonding with one another.
About the Organization:
Maccabi USA (MUSA) is a federally-recognized not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with 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, and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor 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. It strives 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. Maccabi USA Builds Jewish Pride Through Sports.
Maccabi USA has been designated as a U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) Multi-Sport Organization (MSO). The nonprofit organization is one of 35 MSOs nationwide to be recognized by the USOC for its ability to cultivate a national interest in sport and increase opportunities for participation internationally, nationally and at the grassroots level.