Maccabi Bazan Haifa players Tomer Bar-Even and Tamir Ariely visited Thursday morning Ein HaYam elementary school in Kiryat Shprinzek in Haifa, to meet with kids from fifth and sixth grades as part of the team’s community program in coordination with city’s sports department.
Ein HaYam is an elementary school, which is unique because it integrates kids with special needs in the school. The school has 300 students in 15 classes, in which 3 of them are for kids with special needs. Those kids are escorted by assistants, who helps them to integrate in the school in both in an educational and social aspect.
The event was held in-front of 80 kids in the school’s gym. The players spoke with the kids about their careers, while Tamir talked about how he started to play basketball when he was 8 years old. He discovered the basketball world during a NBA game in the US, then he decided he wanted to be a player. Tamir played on the team before and came back this season, and for Tomer it’s the second season in Haifa.
Then the players played a short game with the kids, while putting on a show with slam dunks and other basketball tricks.
“It’s fun to see the kids so excited from our visit, and it always feels good to do good to kids,” said Tamir Ariely.