This blog post is by Bring It In - Israel Winter Fellow Gabi P. Remz.
Gabi with basketball cheering on the players
Large lines to play in video game competitions. A large clown performing in bright green sequences. An intense futsal match. And a Bring It In- Israel basketball clinic, featuring an eclectic mix of Jewish and Arab players, and American and Canadian coaches.
The air was electric on a humid Monday night in Jaffo, where the Bnei Brit Community Center was celebrating it’s reopening after significant renovations. With tons of boisterous kids attending the event, it was an ideal opportunity for the Bring It In- Israel team to organize an activity.
Throughout the night, more than fifteen kids participated in a variety of basketball related activities, from shooting competitions to games of keep-away to defensive slides. Though some of the activities were quite challenging, the kids’ energy levels and enthusiasm remained high, leading to a tremendously successful night of basketball. The coaches—all of whom were leading their first clinic—were able to put some of their new Hebrew sports vocabulary into good use, and the children were extremely receptive to the coaches’ tips and advice.After the organized practice session, there was some time for an open shoot around, during which several of the young players challenged coaches to one on one match-ups, providing both important experience and laughter for both sides. The end of a very successful clinic early on in the winter fellowship has left the coaches very excitedfor the experiences to come.To see more pictures from the day click here.