A group of 80 at-risk and vulnerable boys living in World Emunah’s Neve Landy Children’s Village in Even Shmuel took part in a basketball clinic put on by retired hoopsters Tamir Goodman and Michael Redd in Jerusalem on Tuesday.
Even Shmuel, just 25 kilometers from the Gaza border, was in the range of rocket fire in the latest confrontation between Israel and Hamas.
“The recent barrage of rockets on southern Israel had these boys constantly running for cover and sleeping for days in the Children’s village’s bomb shelters,” a representative of World Emunah, which launched the All-Star Sports-a-Thon in partnership with the YMCA, the Tamir Goodman Basketball Camp and Israel365, stated. “The rocket attacks were stressful for all Israelis, but were particularly chilling for this group of boys, many of whom suffer from PTSD.”
The youths participated in a variety of interactive sports activities at the YMCA with Goodman, who played in the Israeli pro league in the early 2000s and Redd, a former all-star for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucs and gold medal Olympian, including a basketball clinic, cross-fit and cycling classes.
“I love being in Israel and being a part of the people,” said Redd. “It is very special to be a part of the Emunah All Stars program, knowing that I can make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk Israeli youth,” said Redd.
“The game of basketball has proven time and again to be a tremendous asset to children and young athletes to help improve their physical health as well as their mental and spiritual well-being,” added Goodman.
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