Maccabi Hunter Haifa visited Tur’an today, as part of the BSL and Mifal HaPayis community program. “It’s always fun to come to these community activities. They help a lot to integrate Israeli Arabs — not only to sports,”Team captain, Oz Blayzer said. “They are great hosts and it’s impossible not to enjoy it. It was a
Maccabi Haifa Basketball club gives back to the community on two levels:
Haifa Hoops for Kids
Haifa Hoops for Kids is a joint initiative of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and the Maccabi Hunter Haifa professional basketball team, that offers companies, individuals, and organizations the chance to send underprivileged youth throughout northern Israel to experience a Night of Fun at a Maccabi Hunter Haifa game.
Since 2008, Maccabi Hunter Haifa has hosted over 25,000 children in need at its home games, whom otherwise could not afford the opportunity to attend a professional basketball game.
Both Maccabi Hunter Haifa and its players understand the great importance in keeping in contact with these children as they visit them at their respective institutions, in their natural environment throughout the season.
“All a child needs is one adult to believe in him/her…” (Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach)
In addition to Haifa Hoops for Kids program, Maccabi Haifa players participate at least once a week, in organized group activities at schools and high schools in Haifa and the North.
Players teach important values such as teamwork, leadership, cooperation, reliability, motivation and helping others through basketball.
For Donations: Community Activities Department, Maccabi Haifa 077-2008777
Oz Blayzer, John DiBartolomeo, Netanel Artzi and Willy Workman visited as The Smurfs to Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital at Haifa today. ““We visited the hospital as Smurfs. I was Papa Smurf and walked through the different departments to celebrate Purim with the children here at Rambam,” Blayzer said. “We gave them special Maccabi Haifa t-shirts for Purim,
Children from the Ofakim Special Education School had a unique opportunity on Wednesday morning to meet and interact with Maccabi Hunter Haifa players on the court at Romema Arena. The meet and greet was very touching for the kids, school staff, the players as well as coaching staff. Ofakim services nearly 100 students of all
Oz Blayzer, Amit Simhon, Orlando Mendez-Valdez and Head Coach Offer Rahimi visited the children’s department of Rambam Hospital this morning to spread Holiday Cheer before Chanukkah. The players provided the children with rubber hammers from Hunter-Tools and Sufganiyot from Shani Espresso Bar. Happy Holidays!
The day after the impressive win over Maccabi Ashdod, Oz Blayzer and Alex Perez spent their day off by visiting the Hod Residence in the German Colony of Haifa, as a part of the team’s Haifa Hoops for Kids program. The Hod Residence was established in 1984 and moved to its current location in 2005.
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
Three Maccabi Hunter Haifa players, Amit Simhon, Willy Workman and Ofek Avital visited the Tamir School in Kiryat Ata on Thursday morning for the club’s first community visit of the 2016-17 season. The Tamir School is a community special education school for kids between the ages of 6 to 16, who are unprivileged. The children
Green players, Gregory Vargas and Oz Blayzer, participated in the finals of the religious communities’ league, which honored Captain Zvika Kaplan, who was killed nearly two years ago during his military service in Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza strip. Kaplan, born and raised in Haifa, married and moved to live with his family in the
Four of the Greens’ players Chanan Colman, Rene Rougeau, Oz Blayzer and John DiBartolomeo visited Megido Helipad today (Thursday) for a special Purim event, organized by the Hayim Association. The Hayim Association has been operating for more than 30 years in order to enhance the quality of medical care for children with cancer throughout the
Maccabi Hunter Haifa players and staff visited the Isfiya Basketball School on the Carmel Mountain. At the beginning of the visit, the team arrived at the local basketball school’s gym, which was established 12 years ago, and divided into two schools; the Isfiya School of Samikh and the Dalyat El Carmel school of Ashraf. 350
Maccabi Hunter Haifa players Will Graves and Ofek Avital visited the Reali Ahuza School today as a part of the team’s community activity. The players came to the school, in order to meet the Eighth grade students, in honor of the school’s Health month. The Reali School in Haifa is a private educational institution, which
Maccabi Hunter Haifa players John DiBartolomeo and Gilad Karni participated for the second year in a row, in an event in honor of Variety Israel’s children at Yitzhak Rabin School at Nesher. The visit was as part of the team’s community activity and in cooperation with Variety Israel. The event was held in-front of 500
“Like in sports, I want to instill in children the values of morality, responsibility, thinking, caring, ambition, self-belief and discipline,” said School Director, Miri. The Achva school is located in Wadi Nisnas Neighborhood in Haifa and serves children from distressed neighborhoods in Haifa. The school has approximately 270 students between the ages of 6- 13,
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Dealing with disappointments, fatigue after games and putting in hard work to be a better player are just some of the challenges professional basketball players face. But this morning (Wednesday), Maccabi Haifa players Chanan Colman and Alex Chubrevich visited children from the Regavim School, who are facing much greater challenges on a daily basis. The
“I am Yiftach and I am from the Haifa area and this is Rene Rougeau, who is the US, and it’s a pleasant for us to be here at your residence,” Maccabi Haifa guard Yiftach Ziv said as he introduced himself to the Ramat Haifa residents, which is located in Wadi Nisnas neighborhood in Haifa.
Maccabi Bazan Haifa players Ben Reis and Anton Shoutvin made a visit this morning (Wednesday) to Einstein Elementary school in Haifa to meet with children from third to sixth grade. About 300 children waited for the players at the school’s gym. Ben Reis joined team’s community outreach efforts for the first time this season, while
This morning (Thursday), children from the local Gil school, visited Romema Sports Arena to meet with Maccabi Bazan Haifa players, Rene Rougeau and Tamir Ariely. The visit was part of the team’s community relations initiatives. Gil School assist children with complex developmental disabilities, providing individuals and groups, the tools and support, which they need in
In honor of the Purim Holiday, a dressed up trio of Maccabi Bazan Haifa members, captain Dagan Yivzori, point guard Moran Roth and team manager Ido Kozikaro visited Bnei Zion Hospital in Haifa this morning (Thursday). The Greens went to the children’s department at the hospital, met with the kids, their families and the hospital
Last Friday, a sports day was held at the Offer Elementary School, a special needs school for Autistic children in Haifa, in the memory of Liel Liban, a student who passed away two years ago. Maccabi Bazan Haifa had a profound impact on Liel before she passed away. The teachers and Liel’s parents never forgot
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
Maccabi Bazan Haifa players Chanan Colman, Yiftach Ziv and Rene Rougeau took part in a special event this past Friday at Yizhack Rabin Elementary School at Nesher, which was dedicated to Variety Israel Kids. The visit was held as part of Haifa’s community outreach program along with a longstanding cooperation with Variety. The activity was