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"This project shows exactly what Hapoel is"

The Hapoel "equals" Tel Aviv team, half of which are adults on the autism spectrum and half of which are Hapoel Tel Aviv fans, held a special training session with Bar Timor and Kyle Alexander: "It's amazing to work with the guys, it's a privilege to make them happy"

23/03/2024
The Hapoel "equals" Tel Aviv team, the first basketball team in Israel that combines people with disabilities and graduates with Hapoel Tel Aviv fans, cameto  at the Shlomo Hall, and held a special training session with Hapoel Tel Aviv's senior team captain Bar Timor and the team's player Kyle Alexander.
 
The team was established at the beginning of the season to provide a sporting framework for adults on the autism spectrum under the Hapoel Tel Aviv Basketball Club. The team includes 7 participants with special needs along with 7 Hapoel Tel Aviv fans and holds weekly training under the coaches Michael Elgali, director of Hapoel Tel Aviv's basketball schools, and Alon Hamzani, a former Hapoel Usishkin player and currently a player in the national league. The project is in collaboration with the Tel Aviv Municipality and the center for independent living in Tel Aviv.
 
Hapoel Tel Aviv Captain Bar Timor: "This project is very exciting to me, and it shows exactly what Hapoel is. For me, being here and working a little with these guys is amazing and it reminds me of my right to make people happy. I hope that this project that first started here will cause more clubs to establish more teams."
 
Kyle Alexander: "It's a great honor for me to be here, and it's very gratifying to see smiles on everyone's faces here, and to be part of this team that is so close to its fans."
 
 
The team's coaches Michael Elgali and Alon Hamzani talked about what it's like to coach such a special team of people with disabilities alongside fans: "We try to reinvent ourselves every training session. The guys work in pairs - an "equal" and a fan, so the fans are actually our mouths in training. We We feel tremendous support from the club and say thank you that we were given the privilege to be part of the team."
 
The director of the group and one of its founders is Danny Or, himself the father of a special child, who says: "Today in the State of Israel, graduates on the autism spectrum do not have enough frameworks in their day-to-day lives. After they finish the education system, some remains stuck at home, this can lead them to very frustrating situations, it makes it difficult for the parents and creates many challenges and I decided that this is the community to which I want to contribute my part".
 
Regarding the special training that took place today, he added: "It was an amazing experience for everyone. This team does well for all of us, not only for the participants with disabilities. I hope that in the future we will add more participants and also that more teams will be opened and we will be able to hold tournaments".

 
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