My name is Harrison Steinberg and I will be celebrating my Bar Mitzvah in Pennsylvania on May 2, 2020. A part of becoming a Bar Mitzvah at my synagogue is to choose a mitzvah project that is meaningful for me. I chose to learn about and support the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled (ISCD) as my Mitzvah Project mostly because I love sports – playing sports, watching sports and talking about sports. Sports are a really positive part of my life. The ISCD is an incredible organization that provides sports rehabilitation to thousands of children and youth with physical disabilities, many of whom were victims of terrorist attacks, as well as professional training for disabled athletes in basketball, swimming, tennis, and rugby. There are athletes at the center who have been rehabilitated, trained and now compete in the world Paralympic Games representing Israel.
On my family trip to Israel in December, we visited the ISCD. I was impressed by the facility and excited to meet and hear the stories of athletes and coaches. The ISCD has truly changed their lives and I am motivated to help support them in any way possible.
One of their greatest needs is to provide customized wheelchairs for their athletes. Each wheelchair costs between $3,000 - $5,000, because it is customized for the athlete’s specific disability and sport. My goal is to raise enough money to buy at least one new wheelchair for an athlete at the center. I hope you’ll choose to support me and the center’s important work.