Alan Sherman has been a major player in Israel-U.S. sports relations. A vice-president of Maccabi USA/Sports for Israel since 1973, the Potomac, MD, businessman is distinguished for his leadership and organizing skills relative to the quadrennial World Maccabiah Games.
Serving 1973-1989 on International Maccabiah Committee (IMC), Sherman was All-Sports Chairman of U.S. teams organized for the 1977 and 1989 Maccabiah Games, and was the U.S. Teams General Chairman 1977-79.
He conceived and co-founded the North American Maccabi Youth Games, for youths 16 years and under. The Youth Games, debuting in 1982 and staged in alternate years, are currently the largest invitational sporting event in the world.
For many years, Sherman was the Israel Olympic Committee and Israel Sports Federation United States liaison. Throughout the 1990s, he has been President of American Friends of Wingate Institute, and Chairman of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1978, Sherman organized a tour of Israel by the NBA World Champion Washington Bullets.