Hoops 4 Israel Tips Off This Sunday at HoopDome


Israeli fundraising initiative has already raised over $500,000 for Bat Yam.


By: DANIEL HOROWITZ  
Published: April 22nd 2011
in News » Local


Hoops 4 Israel event raises money towards extra-curricular sports, recreational and vocational training opportunities for those in need in Bat Yam.
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Money goes towards various sporting activities including Basketball, Soccer and Gymnastics.
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Whoever argued that there would be no meaningful basketball games played in Toronto in April this year obviously hadn’t heard about Hoops 4 Israel.

 

Sponsored by RIOCAN, HOOPS 4 ISRAEL, a charity 3-on-3 basketball tournament assisting vulnerable Israelis in Bat Yam, tips off its fifth annual campaign on Sunday, April 24 at Downsview Park’s HoopDome in Toronto.

 

The initiative, the brainchild of Toronto basketball fanatic David Goodman, has already raised an astonishing $500,000 towards extra-curricular sports, recreational and vocational training opportunities for those in need in Bat Yam, and has no intention of taking its foot off the pedal.

 

Bat Yam, home to the fastest growing Ethiopian-Israeli community in Israel is also, unfortunately, home to many vulnerable and poverty-stricken citizens where more than 60% of the men ages 45-64 are unemployed.

 

The statistics regarding youth are even more alarming with 40% of Ethiopian youth categorized as “at-risk”, with many lacking the language skills and basic education to enroll in school.

 

Funds raised by Hoops 4 Israel help fund a number of proven, strategic initiatives created and implemented by UJA Federation of Greater Toronto to support those in Bat Yam.

 

"This initiative is a microcosm of the Toronto Jewish community,” says Goodman, the Director of Hoops 4 Israel. “New and experienced Jewish leaders and donors step up on a yearly basis to contribute to a collective effort to help other vulnerable Jewish in need. Hoops 4 Israel leverages the energy and time of young adults and positions it with the generosity and unwavering support of corporate sponsors and donors alike. H4I brings the community together and it makes a statement, not just in fundraising success, but in standing with the state of Israel. "

 

 

Dave Goodman, Founder of Hoops 4 Israel, with children of Bat Yam.

 

And, with 25 teams, 200 volunteers, more than 300 individual donors and over 30 corporate sponsors lending their considerable support to Hoops 4 Israel, it truly is a community event.

 

“I love basketball; a lot of young people love basketball,” explains a passionate Goodman when asked why he chose basketball as a fundraising vehicle. “There is a lot of pride on the line when young people play basketball. Why not take a fraction of the passion people have for the game and channel it towards doing good for young Israelis who aren’t as fortunate as we are? After all, those of us who make Hoops 4 Israel a reality are the future of the Toronto Jewish community and those who we help in Israel are the future of that country. It’s a win-win situation, and not just on the court, but off, as well.”

 

So, to see some high intensity, competitive and entertaining basketball, come out to HoopDome on Sunday, April 24th, buy a raffle tickets or two, mix and mingle, and support Israel. It’s a slam dunk that you’ll be glad you did.

 

RIOCAN's fifth annual Hoops 4 Israel charity basketball tournament tips off at 10:30am.  3 point challange, dunk off and elite elimination rounds start at 1pm.



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