This morning (Monday), Maccabi Bazan Haifa players, Rene Rougeau and Tomer Bar Even, visited Romema School in Haifa, as part of the team’s “Haifa Hoops for Kids” community initiative program.
The two arrived at the school in the morning to speak with the young school children, and to play a fun scrimmage against them. Several of the children who play basketball on the youth teams in the city, and on their local court in school, had the special opportunity to play against the pros.
Bar-Even enlightened the children that he used to do Judo as a kid, but leaned towards playing basketball after a short time. First he played for the Maccabi Tel Aviv youth team, and then signed with a professional team in the second division and now he plays for Maccabi Haifa in his second season.
Rougeau told the kids that he began to play basketball at the age of seven, was a walk-on to his college team, played for a professional team in Mexico, and now is in his first season in Israel for Maccabi Haifa.
The kids asked the Rougeau and Bar-Even about how the lifestyle is for professional athletes; and the players explained that besides many practices they also go to the gym, and keep a healthy diet that includes fruits and vegetables. They admitted that as a professional basketball player there are several concessions, like going out to party with friends, but in the long run it pays off and the excitement before the games and the great love from the fans is all worth the hard work.