Project: Israel Sports Centre for the Disabled
The London Olympic Games and Paralympics will see the eyes of the world fixed on us this summer. And, at Jewish Child’s Day we have more than a little cause to feel proud. Since 1991, Jewish Child’s Day has supported special needs sports projects in Israel, some of which have produced Paralympians. At the Israel Sports Centre for the Disabled, the Director, Boaz Kramer, will proudly show you his medal from the Beijing Paralympic Games. Born partially paralyzed in his left arm and both legs, he started training at the Israel Sports Centre for the Disabled at the age of five. By 2008 he was ranked 16th in the world for wheelchair tennis. At the 2008 Beijing Games partnered Shraga Weinberg in the wheelchair tennis doubles tournament, where they took silver medals. Jewish Child’s Day’s long-term grant funding has provided multiple specialist sports wheelchairs and training apparatus for the centre. The wheelchair basketball team has already won two Paralympic gold medals, two world championships and three European championships.
How your donations help fund sports for kids with disabilities Jewish Child’s Day funds specialist riding, ice skating, football, cycling, swimming and hydrotherapy sessions and outdoor activity programmes. These activities are hugely rewarding and positively contribute to the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of children with special needs - helping them to build strength, confidence and self-esteem.
The message kids take away from these activities is:
I CAN! – I can participate, I can contribute, I can achieve