Kids in picture (370).
(photo credit: (Netanya Foundation/courtesy)
About 100 locals showed up at the Children’s ‘Club’ in Netanya Thursday
The club, or “Moadonit” in Hebrew, aims to provide after
school programs for children that come from underprivileged homes.
Moadonit has been around for a year already, however was just
Keren, one of the parents who’s kids are fortunate to attend
this after school program said, “I could not put into words how much this
beautiful renovation means to the children who spend their afternoons here. It
gives these children a place to play, learn and grow, when they may not have the
The GM of Elitzur Barak Netanya, Tzvika Leiber,
has been instrumental in working to bring his team all the way from Israeli’s
fourth division to a competitive team in the BSL, the country’s top
Only a few years ago, in the team’s first year in the first
division, Barak Netanya reached the championship.
Since then, Netanya has
been looking to improve their organization, both on and off the
David Colburn, the visionary of the non-profit organization (or
“Amuta”) has worked with the city municipality and the Netanya Foundation for a
couple years now.
Colburn has contributed in many ways, with the vision
of trying to help the team, city, and the organization ‘Hoops for Kids’ grow,
and affect as many people as possible.
The Jerusalem Post caught up with
Eliran Guetta, the captain of the team, who just finished his ninth year on the
“Hoops for Kids, has been a great success here in Netanya, both
for the children it affects, and the entire team. After going out to schools,
and orphanages in the city, you really feel that you are making a great
contribution to not only the children, but to the entire community.”
asked what direction he thinks his team is going, Guetta said, “I’m not the one
who makes the decisions, but ever since I joined the team nine years ago, we
have always been improving, and while this past year it may not have been
reflected in our record, as part of the organization you can tell this team is
always looking for ways to improve.”
The mayor of Netanya, Miriam
Fireberg, was also present at the ceremony, and briefly addressed the
“One of the things that every child wants today, is a connection
with sports players and teams. Thanks to people like David Colburn, these kids
are given the opportunity of a lifetime, to participate in practices with
Leiber concluded the evening with the following
remarks: “We look forward to helping the city of Netanya grow to its full
potential, and we love to see the impact these Moadoniyot have on the
Other organizations should definitely look at what Barak
Netanya and their partners have done to help others in the community. These
contributions are not usually seen in other parts of the country, especially
coming from a basketball organization.