A delegation of 30 current and retired football players and coaches from America’s National Football League visited a center in Jerusalem for children with special needs on Sunday.
The athletes toured the 200,000-square foot facility and played catch with the children at the center’s indoor basketball courts. The Shalva National Center provides therapy and other rehabilitative programs for some 2,000 children a week at no charge.
“The NFL players’ visit was very powerful and focused on the ability in the midst of disability,” Shalva Founder and President Kalman Samuels said. “The Shalva youngsters greatly enjoyed the interaction while the players were inspired to further their own roles as ambassadors of change in their communities.”
A number of the players who visited Shalva wore Super Bowl rings. Some of the players to join the delegated were Tyson Alualu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Don Carey of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Michael Pierce of the Baltimore Ravens, Miles Killebrew of the Detroit Lions, Warrick Dunn, who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons, Tommie Harris of the Chicago Bears along with coach Jim Caldwell.