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Basketball - “Hapoel Hof Ashkelon”

‘Hapoel Hof Ashkelon’ is made up of young players from the kibbutzim and communities around the Gaza envelope. They embarked on a journey with their legendary coach, Sagi, to a basketball camp hosted by the Jewish communities in Boca Raton, Hollywood, and Miami. 

This was a voyage of victory, forging heartfelt connections between local youth and Israelis teens, and fostering healing and recovery.

”Words can’t describe what you’ve done for us. It was a journey beyond my wildest expectations” said their proud Coach Sagi.

This is part of the message that coach Sagie wrote to the hosting families.

We share it with you too. Why should we be the only ones with tears here?

"I am so proud of the kids; they behaved very well, were polite, and respectful. They had the best time, and for most of them, it was a dream come true!We are facing tough times in Israel. I believe Israel is a country in continuous trauma. But one thing I know for sure: no one can break the Israeli spirit, no one can break the unity of our people, and you have a big part in that, that's for sure. Our kids felt the love you have for them; they felt at home from the first moment. And I am so thankful for that.These guys are like my own kids; I have coached some of them since they were 6 years old. I am blessed to be in a position to influence these young men. Uria's father was a good friend of mine. I know he is proud of him, wherever he is.Even though it's hard, it's important to let the emotions flow. As Shane said: 'the most important thing is what you do next!

This life-changing project wouldn't have been possible without key figures in the Boca Raton, Hollywood, and Miami communities, as well as the hosting families who graciously opened their homes and hearts.

To all the incredible individuals who contributed to making this vision a reality -

A heartfelt THANK YOU to each and every one of you.
You are all true brothers and sisters.

Am Israel Chai! 


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