Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00
Steve Cronin, a Great Neck resident, has made the United States Men’s Masters Maccabiah Basketball Team to be played this summer in Israel. For Cronin, it will be his third time representing team U.S., previously competing in 1989 and 2009. Both times though, his U.S. teams have come up short winning the silver while falling to Israel in the finals.
“This could be my last international competition, and I’d like to end it with gold,” says Cronin.
Steve is a sports marketing consultant who lives in Kings Point with his wife and three children who attend JFK Elementary School and Great Neck North Middle School.
Steve coaches several youth basketball teams locally and loves to share his experiences with the kids. “I want the children in our community to know that there’s an opportunity to compete internationally as an American Jew. You should see the kids’ eyes when I tell them about the seven-foot Brazilian Jewish center I play against, or the aggressive players from Argentina, tough Russians, and fiery Australians.”
This masters team has been compiled of 11, 45 and over American Jews from across the country that started with a try-out back in Chicago in October 2012 where some 80 athletes competed. The team has had 2 mini-camps over the past 6 months, here in NY and in Miami.
Team USA plays Israel in the opening round July 21 and hopes to capture gold a week later.