Published on April 16, 2008
The Israel Sports Association for the Disabled: The Israel Sports Association for the Disabled Next Stop Paralympics Beijing 2008 www.IHF.net Slide2: About Us Athens 2004 Preparations for Beijing Paralympics 2008 Adopt An Athlete Adopt Our Gold Team Adopt our Gold Sailing Team Paralympics Beijing 2008 Israel’s National Project About Us: About Us We would like to interest you in a most commendable undertaking and heartrending endeavor: the rehabilitation of disabled Israelis through participation in sports. Some 650,000 people, roughly 12% of Israel’s population, suffer from physical disabilities. These horrifying numbers attest to three main factors: wars, road accidents and crippling maladies from birth. Adding to our tragedy, over the last four years terrorism has dramatically increased our already swollen ranks of disabled Israelis. Slide4: The Israel Sports Association for the Disabled (ISAD) is the forerunner of a robust national effort to revitalize our incapacitated citizens through physical training at various facilities. We are the official Israeli Paralympic committee which is parallel to the Olympic committee of Israel. ISAD runs fifteen sports programs for the physically challenged: sailing, swimming, athletics, basketball, weightlifting, shooting, fencing, hand cycling, horseback riding, wheelchair tennis, table tennis, archery, volleyball, goal ball and badminton. Slide5: These activities culminate in Israel’s participation in the international Paralympic Games, which are held every four years shortly after the Olympics. ISAD is the only national umbrella organization for sport activities for all the disabled organizations in Israel today. Athens 2004: Athens 2004 Recently, our Israeli team of disabled athletes who participated in the Athens 2004 Paralympics warmed the hearts of many Israelis when they returned home with 4 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals. Our achievements were rewarded with praise from President Moshe Katzav, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Limor Livnat, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport and other national sport’s figures. Preparations for Paralympics Beijing 2008: Preparations for Paralympics Beijing 2008 In the afterglow of Athens 2004, ISAD has already begun preparations for Beijing 2008. The continued success of our national team depends largely on outside support to finance our athletes' training, equipment, facilities and transportation expenses. We hope to send a team of 50 athletes and trainers. Our athletes’ undying dream is to hear the sounding of the Hatikva the next time a member of the Israeli team wins a gold medal at the Paralympics. Due to the Israeli Government's budget cutbacks, our disabled athletes do not enjoy the financial backing they so richly deserve, and have to rely on outside support to pay for training facilities, coaches, equipment and transportation expenses. For this reason, ISAD seeks your participation and of Jewish communities and philanthropic organizations worldwide. We ask you to help them realize that dream, and thank you for your kind consideration of our request. Our Budget: Our Budget Income Annual support from the Israeli government- $350,000 Annual Membership fees from our organizations - $150,000 $500,000 We will receive $300,000 in 2008 Adopt An Athlete : Adopt An Athlete The cost of training one of our 10 athletes from our Gold Team towards Paralympics Beijing 2008 is $50,000 a year. $150,000 an athlete all the way to Beijing 2008 Annual Expenses Per Athlete-$50,000 Professional trainers & physical fitness trainers- $15,000 Medical expenses-Professional medical staff from the Wingate Institute-$1,000 Training camps in Israel and abroad-$5000 Preparation for Competitions worldwide-$17,000 Annual Scholarship for living expenses-$12,000 Adopt Our Gold Team: Adopt Our Gold Team The cost of training our Gold Team of 10 members towards Paralympics Beijing 2008 is $500,000 a year. Our athletes are either gold medalists, European champions or winners of other paralympic medals and awards. $1,500,000 all the way to Beijing 2008 Annual Expenses Per Athlete -$50,000 Professional trainers & physical fitness trainers- $15,000 Medical expenses-Professional medical staff from the Wingate Institute-$1,000 Training camps in Israel and abroad-$5000 Preparation for Competitions worldwide-$17,000 Annual Scholarship for living expenses-$12,000 Adopt Our Gold Sailing Team: Adopt Our Gold Sailing Team Our team did it in Paralympic Athens 2008 by coming home with the gold medal. They are the new world champions. This is the group sport branch that has the best chance of winning medals in Beijing 2008. Our Gold Winning Team: Our Gold Winning Team Dror Cohen: Dror, served as a flight navigator in the IDF. His lower body was partially paralyzed in an automobile accident. A sailing enthusiast, he participated as a crew member in the Sonar competition in Sydney 2000, which came in eighth place, and won a silver medal in the 2003 European Championships. In Athens 2004, he led the Sonar crew to a gold medal. Our Winning Gold Team: Our Winning Gold Team Beni Vexler: Beni, (married with 4 children )is a disabled IDF veteran (amputee, below the elbow) from the war in the Lebanon War. As a member of the Sonar crew, he won a silver medal in the 2003 World Championships and a gold medal in Athens 2004. Our Winning Gold Team: Our Winning Gold Team Arnon Efrati: Aaron is a disabled IDF veteran (amputee, below the elbow) form the Yom Kippur war-has an officer in the . He has participated in many international competitions, was the skipper of the Sonar crew in Sydney 2000, and a member of the gold medal winning Sonar crew in Athens 2004. Adopt Our Sailing Team: Adopt Our Sailing Team The cost of training our Gold Sailing Team Paralympics Beijing 2008 is $150,000 a year. $450,000 all the way to Beijing 2008 Annual Expenses Per Athlete-$50,000 Professional trainers & physical fitness trainers- $15,000 Medical expenses-Professional medical staff from the Wingate Institute-$1,000 Training camps in Israel and abroad-$5000 Preparation for Competitions worldwide-$17,000 Annual Scholarship for living expenses-$12,000 Summary: Summary The cost of preparing for Paralympics Beijing 2008 is $2,100,000 a year. All the way to Beijing 2008 will cost $6,300,000 Slide17: The story of our physically challenged sports heroes who returned triumphantly from the Paralympics held in Athens, Greece is both heartrending and inspiring. It is a classic tale of the triumph of the human spirit over seemingly undefeatable physical obstacles. It is a saga that needs to be told and retold, both to Israelis and to Diaspora Jews. Slide18: Israel’s Paralympics heritage is one of the vital characteristics of our small state, which prides itself at overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. Our disabled athletes have set a high standard: they were winning medals at Paralympic events long before our able-bodied athletes won a single medal. For example, our disabled athletes returned from the 1988 Seoul games with such a proud display of gold, silver and bronze, that many Israelis questioned, .Why can't we do that in the Olympics?. In more recent Olympics, we found out that we most surely can. Which only leads one to conclude that our disabled sports heroes, with the support of ISAD,have set a most uncommon and wonderful example for all Israeli athletes. Do You Know That…..