On Wednesday morning (Dec. 20), Maccabi Hunter Haifa players, Brandon Bowman and Roi Huber, made an appearance at the Kadima Integrative School in Kiryat Bialik — an elementary school, which seeks to integrate regular education students with children with special needs. The special needs students, many of whom have been diagnosed with autism, are quite familiar with the Maccabi players as they are hosted at the Greens’ home games through the team’s “Haifa Hoops for Kids” community program.
Bowman and Huber received a warm welcome by the students in the schoolyard as the two introduced themselves to the first-to-sixth graders. The players joined in on a few basketball games with the students on their court. After, the players visited the school’s new petting zoo, and the school greenhouse, where the kids experience growing plants and flowers. The unique facilities are run by the students, the teachers and a few volunteers from the area.
“The kids were great,” Bowman said. “They were energetic, very cooperative and they knew who we were and were happy to see us. I was surprised to see that a few of them spoke English. I’m glad we were able to visit them at their school and I would love to come back again in the future.”