Arizona softball standout Tamara Statman to play in Maccabiah Games


Tamara Statman (Arizona)

Tamara Statman (Arizona)

20th Maccabiah Games
Israel: July 4-17, 2017

University of Arizona softball standout Tamara Statman has been chosen to represent Maccabiah USA (Team USA) at the 20th Maccabiah Games to be played next year in Israel. Statman graduated from Scottsdale Horizon.

Statman became the first prep pitcher from Arizona to collect 1,000 strikeouts after the rubber was moved from 40 feet to 43 feet. Her high school coach was former Wildcat Jackie Coburn.

The Maccabiah Games are held in Israel the year following the Olympic Games. Every four years, the best Jewish athletes from throughout the world gather to compete.

“Meshing together sports and faith is one of the greatest experiences that I could have in my young life. Maccabiah USA is helping me fulfill that dream to me,” Statman wrote in a news release.

“Maccabiah USA is providing me that type of catalyst that ultimately culminates in Israel, the Holy Land. This is such a wonderful opportunity and I must not let it go to waste.

Participating in the Maccabiah USA will provide me ways to see how other athletes blend their Jewishness into their sport, as well as their everyday life. I’m not just talking about athletes from the United States, but from around the world. We may all not speak the same language, but we are still all playing the same game with the same 12-inch yellow ball that is attempted to be hit from 43ft away,” she added.

Maccabiah USA plans to compete in:

Archery (M/F), Badminton (M/F), Basketball (M/F), Basketball 3v3 (M/F), Beach Volleyball (M/F), Chess (M/F), Cricket (M), Cycling (M/F), Equestrian (M/F), Fencing (M/F), Field Hockey(F), Futsal (M), Golf (up to 49, M/F), Gymnastics (M/F), Half Marathon (M/F), Ice Hockey (M), Judo (M/F), Karate (M/F), Lacrosse (F), Maccabiah Endurance Challenge (M/F), Open Water Swim (M/F), Orienteering (M/F), Rhythmic Gymnastics (F), Rowing (M/F), Rugby (M), Rugby 7’s (M), Soccer (M/F), Softball (M/F), Squash (M/F), Swimming *17+(M/F), Table Tennis (M/F), Taekwondo (M/F), Tennis (M/F), Ten Pin Bowling (M/F), Track & Field (M/F), Triathlon (M/F), Volleyball (M/F), Water Polo (M/F), Wrestling (M)

“I ask for your tax deductible donation to give something called “Yachad”, which means together in Hebrew. Every single person that we interact with influences us somehow. Together we providing experiences that will not touch only me, but many people at home and abroad,” Statman said.

Estimates are $8,000 needed per athlete buy Statman is only asking for $5 donations. To help Statman represent Maccabiah USA (Team USA) please visit her DONATION PAGE.

(Andy Morales/

(Andy Morales/

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at

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