Friedson named to Team USA
When the USA Women’s Softball team travels to Israel next summer for the 19th World Maccabiah Games, the team will include Trumbull’s Idalia Friedson, who was selected to join this elite group of Jewish athletes.
“I have always dreamed about playing internationally and am incredibly honored and humbled to be a part of Team USA,” Friedson said. “I am excited for what the Games and the Opening Ceremony will feel like.”
The Maccabiah Games is the third largest international sporting event in the world with more than 7,000 athletes representing more than 60 countries.
Friedson attended Booth Hill Elementary and Hillcrest Middle School. She is a 2011 graduate of Greens Farms Academy in Westport and is currently a sophomore at Amherst College.
In high school, Friedson was selected MVP and All-Conference four years in a row and was a Western New England Prep School All-Star for three years.
At Amherst, Friedson completed her freshman season as a starting outfielder and batted .310 with a slugging percentage of .526.
Amherst was ranked 23rd nationally with a 36-6 record, reaching both the NESCAC playoffs and the NCAA Division III tournament.
Friedson, a varsity three-sport athlete in high school, has always had a love for softball.
She played Trumbull Little League and continued to be involved as an umpire.
Friedson played travel softball with the CT Charmers, Tradition and Competitive Edge. She credits her coaches for teaching her softball and life skills that inspire her on and off the field.
Having attended Congregation B’nai Torah in Trumbull, Merkaz Community High School for Judaic Studies and Mishkan Israel day camp, Friedson’s Jewish identity runs deep.
She recently created a web site — nevertoforget.org — to commemorate the stories and photographs of 40 Fairfield County Holocaust survivors in the Adopt-A-Survivor program.
“Combining my love for softball with my love of Judaism is the perfect intersection of my two greatest passions,” she said. “The ability to represent the United States, while playing in Israel is a once in a lifetime opportunity I will never forget.”
Friedson will travel to Israel in July for approximately four weeks to meet and train with her teammates from across the country.
She will compete in the games from July 17-30.
Maccabiah USA is the official sponsor of the United States Team to the World Maccabiah Games.
Each athlete is responsible for fundraising and every athlete must make a yachad commitment, meaning that the athletes support the Maccabiah Games together.
To help Friedson follow her dream, go to http://bit.ly/102fu6t for donations and raffle tickets.