Maccabi Hunter Haifa started off a busy Sunday by holding a charity basketball clinic for 3rd-7th graders at the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center — sponsored by Complete SET — a full service sports entertainment firm that works with multinational brands, athlete entertainers, and accredited investors. Hometown hero, Angel Rodriguez, along with fellow teammates Daniel Koperberg, Netanel Artzi, Gal Baruch and assistant coach Ilan Amar ran the event for 50 students.
“To be able to come back home, raise donations to help children in Israel and Puerto Rico relief, and be a positive role model, is what it’s all about,” said Rodriguez.
The Greens spoke about the importance of giving back to the community, as well as their experiences playing professional basketball in Israel. Coach Amar and the players divided the JCC members into different stations to hone their basketball dribbling skills. At the end, everyone in attendance gathered around the players to cap the event with a team photo.
Coach Amar and the players then headed to the Fernandez Family Center at St. Thomas University to meet up with the rest of the Greens for their Haifa Hoops charity basketball game against the St. Thomas men’s basketball team. Over 530 fans came out to cheer on Maccabi Haifa as each received an Israeli flag to wave throughout the game. The proceeds from the game benefited the Haifa Hoops for Kids charity program as well as Puerto Rico disaster relief.
Maccabi cruised in the second half en route to a 95-66 win over St. Thomas University. Dagan Yivzori led Maccabi with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while captain Oz Blayzer added 17 points and 5 assists. Netanel Artzi recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Bourdillon tallied 14 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals in the victory.
After the game, Blayzer and Bourdillon helped load up vans with cases of water, which will be flown to Puerto Rico this week.
“It was a wonderful event for a great cause,” said Blayzer. “It was an honor to see so much support for Maccabi Haifa, Israel and Puerto Rico from the South Florida community.”