In a season in which wins were hard to come by on the court, Maccabi Hunter Haifa were winners off the court — staying true to their core mission of giving back to the Haifa community. The 2017-18 season was full of activities that positively impacted underprivileged and special needs children from Haifa and the
Community - Maccabi Haifa Basketball Club
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
Maccabi Hunter Haifa joined in on positively impacting youth for Good Deeds Day on Tuesday. Maccabi’s Trevor Gaskins and Tal Aviram visited the Ahava Village for Children and Youth located in Kfar Bialik to meet with the students from the boarding school. The Ahava Village for Children and Youth has been providing services to children and at-risk
Loud cheers could be heard throughout Romema in last Monday’s game prior to tipoff. The standing ovation was well-deserved as Elia Ben Hamo, a five-year-old who is battling cancer, was presented with the honorary game ball. A Maccabi Haifa fan from Rosh Hanikra, Elia was diagnosed with Lymphoma last November. His parents, Nissan and Moran, describe Elia as a brave
Maccabi Hunter Haifa’s Willy Workman and Dagan Yivzori visited the Ariel School in Tirat Carmel on Monday morning to meet with students from the Fidel Association. Fidel (Alphabet in Amharic), Association for Education and Social Integration of Ethiopian Jews in Israel, was established by Ethiopian and native Israelis in 1997 in order to provide a
Two days after the Greens’ victory over Ironi Nahariya, Maccabi’s Roi Huber and Brandon Bowman took time out on Tuesday morning to visit The Genigar School for Special Education, located in Haifa, as part of the club’s Haifa Hoops for Kids community program. The Genigar School currently educates 127 students between the ages of 6-21. The school
On Wednesday afternoon, Maccabi Hunter Haifa visited the Hoshaya settlement at the town’s new arena to run an open clinic for children as part of Toto-Winner’s “Toto for the Sports in Israel”. Each of the Green players divided the children into different stations to run basketball basics such as dribbling, passing, correcting shots, boxing out and
Maccabi Hunter Haifa took advantage of the holiday Tu Bishvat on Wednesday morning by paying a visit to the “Regavim” Special Education school in Haifa as part of the club’s Haifa Hoops for Kids program. Students from all over the north with special needs, ages 12-21, study at the “Regavim” Special Education school located in Haifa. ceremony
Maccabi Hunter Haifa players, Zach Graham and Gal Baruch, took time out on Thursday morning to visit Ibn Gabirol Special Education School in Haifa. The Ibn Gabirol School is a special education school for middle and high school children. The Greens had an opportunity to speak with the students and gave them some basketball tips in
On Wednesday morning (Dec. 20), Maccabi Hunter Haifa players, Brandon Bowman and Roi Huber, made an appearance at the Kadima Integrative School in Kiryat Bialik — an elementary school, which seeks to integrate regular education students with children with special needs. The special needs students, many of whom have been diagnosed with autism, are quite
As part of the Green’s annual visit to the Ruth Rappaport Children’s Hospital in Haifa, Maccabi Hunter Haifa and Klil brought holiday cheer to young patients and their families to celebrate Hanukkah. Head Coach, Offer Rahimi, was joined by team captain Oz Blayzer, Dagan Yivzori, Guni Israeli and Luke Martinez as well as Klil staff
Luke Martinez, Daniel Koperberg and Gal Baruch, visited Rabin School at Nesher, as part of Maccabi Hunter Haifa’s community activity. Check out the photos from the event:
Maccabi Hunter Haifa’s Dagan Yivzori and Tomer Asayag made a visit yesterday (Wednesday) to the “Shema House” in the Hadar neighborhood in Haifa. The “Shema House” in Haifa — established in 1984 — is an educational and therapy center for children who are hard of hearing and deaf in the Haifa district. The center helps
This afternoon (Wednesday), 15 youth from Hashalom After-School Program in Migdal Ha’Emek came to visit Maccabi Hunter Haifa’s practice at Romema Arena. The Hashalom After-School Program is a warm home for first to sixth-grade children, who come from unprivileged families from Migdal Ha’Emek, and work daily after school, until the late evening. During their time
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
Three Maccabi Hunter Haifa players, Oz Blayzer, Kevinn Pinkney and Gal Baruch, visited the Offer special education school in Haifa on Wednesday morning. The players ran a clinic with students from all ages. Offer school is a home to 80 autistic children between the ages of 13-21, who come to the school with special transportation
As part of Maccabi Hunter Haifa community activity, 80 kids from Isfya basketball club, came to visit the Greens at Romema. Watch part of the activity, as streamed LIVE on the Greens Facebook page:
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
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