Atlanta native Sydney Silverstein will be joining Israel’s U18 national softball team, composed of 34 Israeli and American Jewish athletes between the ages of 17 and 26, to compete this summer at the European championships in Czechoslovakia. The team will compete against counterparts from 16 different countries including Germany, England and Russia, among others. Silverstein recently graduated from Pace Academy and will be attending Denison University in the fall, joining its softball team.
The Israel team will be coached by three-team USA gold medalist Leah O’Brien-Amico, as they head to the European championship in Prague in July. Silverstein is helping to raise money for the Israel Softball Federation through the Jewish National Fund. Three years ago, she was a member of the USA Junior Maccabi team and helped lead the USA team to the softball gold medal in the Junior Maccabi games in Israel. She now hopes to lead Team Israel to the gold medal in the European championships.