Children from the Kivunim Association are used to seeing Maccabi Hunter Haifa players from the stands of Romema Arena since they attend each and every home game in coordination with the club’s “Haifa Hoops for Kids” program. This morning, they were excited to meet two of the Green players — Will Graves and Daniel Koperberg — who visited their club in Kibbutz Yagur.
Kivunim is a relatively new non-profit organization that was founded to promote youth with special needs by encouraging them to become independent, to become involved in the community in which they live, and to achieve control over their lives. The organization was founded by graduates of the Mandel School for Educational Leadership and other friends. The organization works in cooperation with governmental and private agencies and academic institutions.
The association holds activities three days a week after school for hearing-impaired children at the Zvulon high-school in Kibbutz Yagur.
Today, the children had the chance to interact with Graves and Koperberg face-to-face. Both players spoke about their careers and personal stories, with all of the conversations being translated into Sign Language. Following the speeches, the players and the children competed in a shooting competition in the school gym, and after the kids taught the players a few sentences in Sign Language. At the end of the visit, the children took photos with the players and received autographs as an everlasting memory.
One of the kids from the Kivunim Association was inspired by the players’ visit. “It was an exciting experience. The players gave us their time and they were great.”
“We were thrilled to visit the kids at Kibbutz Yagur this morning,” Koperberg said. “It was very interesting to learn a few words in Sign Language and it was fun to see the kids and make them happy.”