Native Pittsburgher Sam Surloff and Joanne Van Emburgh’s daughter, Emily Surloff, returned from the Maccabiah Games in Israel with a gold medal. Team USA beat Israel in the women’s basketball finals 71-61 to take home the gold. Emily scored four 3-pointers in the championship game. Emily grew up in Los Angeles and is heading into her junior year at Columbia University, where she plays guard/forward on the women’s basketball team. Sam Surloff grew up playing basketball at the Jewish Community Center, which was then the Irene Kaufmann Center. His team, from Linden Elementary, was called The Tide.
Emily Surloff, No. 24, and her teammates congratulate each other.
Photo courtesy of Ellen Surloff