WMU News

Former Bronco represents U.S. in international games

March 13, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Charley Greene, who went from "walk-on" to All-American as a track athlete for Western Michigan University, has been named to the United States Maccabiah Track and Field Team, which will compete at the 16th World Maccabiah Games July 16-26 in Israel.

The track team will be one of 26 United States sports teams that will take part in the world's fourth largest international, Olympic-style event, according to Jordan Weinstein, chairman of the USA 16th Maccabiah Steering Committee. More than 5,000 athletes representing 50 countries will take part in the games, a quadrennial athletic competition for Jewish athletes. The United States is expected to send a contingent of 700 competitors and coaches.

Greene won the gold medal in the javelin throw at the 12th Maccabiah Games, and was an NCAA All-American while captaining the WMU track team in 1981. Since then, Greene has earned teaching credentials through Antioch University, where he is completing a master's degree in education.

Charley (Charles B.) Greene earned a bachelor of science degree in communication from Western Michigan University in 1981. A Detroit native, Greene has resided with his family near Dayton, Ohio, since 1995.

The World Maccabiah Games, sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, commence with opening ceremonies scheduled for July 16 at Jerusalem's Teddy Stadium.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 616 387-8400, thomas.myers@wmich.edu

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