Judean Football Community Outreach
written by Coach Mike Viselli
One of the foundational pillars of Judean Football is that our players not only learn the game of football, but that football can be used as a platform for our guys to learn skills that will help them in all aspects of life. One of these life skills is learning to be a “team player”. To learn this skill we must sometimes step out of our own comfort zone and put the needs of others above our own. Sometimes this requires sacrifice of our time, energy, and resources. One of the ways we teach this life skill at Judean Football is by reaching out to the community around us. This has manifested in a number of ways.
In past years, we have partnered with Nefesh B’Nefesh (www.nbn.org.il) by going to the airport in order to welcome new immigrants to Israel and help them with their luggage. Other efforts to reach the community have been by helping at children’s sports camps, teaching the sport of football and spending time playing with the kids.
Another avenue of community outreach has been to visit hospitals in order to reach out to kids and their families who are going through some tough times in life. To date, we have made visits to Hadassah Ein Kerem, Sheba Hospital, Dana Hospital, and Alyn Hospital. One such activity included bringing in footballs for kids at Alyn to play with (organized in conjunction with the mother of one of our players, who works at Alyn hospital). Another activity consisted of bringing in therapy dolls (handmade and donated by a sweet group of ladies from the United States, one of whom is the mother of our organization’s owner) to Hadassah Ein Kerem. These dolls are used in helping children with cancer, especially during the process of chemotherapy. On multiple occasions, we made efforts of community outreach to Sheba Hospital, Hadassah Ein Kerem, and Dana Hospital by visiting children in the hospital and giving them teddy bears. The children receiving the bears are dealing with cancer or heart surgeries. Apart from being a cuddly buddy that they can hug, the bears are also used as play therapy tools that help children deal with the trauma of being in the hospital and working through their medical procedures (this is in conjunction with the organization called Bears For Hope, www.Bearsforhope.org, co-founded by one of our coaches).
If you have other ideas about community outreach that we could be involved in or you are an organization that would like to partner with us in reaching out to the community, please contact us through this website.
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