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4, HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, May 11, 1979 ! THE GAME GOES ON. The Israeli Wheelchair BasketbaJ! team and the Suncoasters Wheel. chair team battle for points at the Israeli In. dependence Day exhibi tion game held at the Tampa JCC. Rrr[ s by nette Damour ..... i ...... F R E E W H E E L E R S continued from Page 1 men -- they find time for it in busy schedules which includes jobs, other sports hobbies and, for all but three of them, families. Among the handicapped team members are a kibbutznik, a customs official, an electronics engineer, a truck driver and a bookkeeper. Many compete in other sports, in addition to basketball. For example, Aharconi 5asson, (#4) holds four Olympic table tennis medals and is a respected table tennis coach. Baruch Hagai (#l 0) is a world-champion fencer and coach. Most of the players are from the Tel Aviv area where they began with league teams. About half are xar veterans and most of the others were polio victims during the epidemic of 19.50-.51. Only three are completely confined to their wheelchairs -- the rest can walk with crutches or canes although none could compete in sports without their wheels. The history of handicapped sports is very young, explains Holler. It began about 3.5 years ago as a form of rehabilitation for war injury victims developed by professor Sir Ludwig Guttman, a German Jewish refugee who became a specialist in treating spinal cord war injuries at StokMandeville Hospital in England. After the Israeli war of Independence in ] g48, the Israeli government invited Guttman to Israel to set up rehabilitative programs in major medical centers. In 1 g60 the program was extended to include victims of the Must Get Information Early to Apply polio epidemic. Today, 5,000 handicapped Israelis compete in sports for the disabled. Basketball played in a wheelchair is only slightly different from a regular game. The dribbling rules convert to a limit of two pushes of the wheel and players are allowed five -- rather than three seconds in the "key" (under the basket) of the court. In order to allow the most handicapped as well as the last handicapped to play, an interesting point system has been developed. Severely handicapped players have a rating of one point, moderate handicapped are rated two, and the least handicapped players register a whopping three points each. No team may play with a combination of players totalling more than 1 l points. Wheelchair basketball is not cheap -- the lightweight, low-back sports wheelchairs cost $600 each. Holler says the team is able to remain independent only through the generous donations of people like Murray Goldman, a Canadian who is patron of the Israeli team. Thirty-eight year old David Kraus (#13) is the team Kibbutznik. He has lived all his life on Kibbutz Givat Chaim, near Natanya. He is married and the father of three daughters. During the week, he works in the office of the kibbutz orange-processing factory. A paraplegic, Kraus has been confined to his wheelchair since a 1967 war injury incurred in the Sinai. Israel High School Offers Scholarship Benefits Information and applica- lions are now available for High School in Israel, called by college educators "a great advantage for students in a competitive college place merit market," for the 1980 st ter. According to founding director of the high school program, Rabbi Morrb Kippur, who 6sited Orlando recently to discuss the program with area students, "High school in Israel has a proven track record for studet who fare better with scholarship aid at better colleges as a result of their experiences with the program." Fully accredited by the Florida State Board of F.ducation, the school takes 16-18 year-old students for one of five two-month sessions each year and utilizes an "intensive method of education that provides a total emersion into the history of man." Kippur said he originated tht program because "students in their late teens are no longer children, they're young adults, searching for values and a philosophy of life. If they don't discover a value structure at that stage," he said, "they may never find it." The high school, Kippur said, located on a full campus setting north of Tel Aviv, employs as teachers only Americans who have made aliyah and who have at least a Master's degree. "The education is intense," he comments, "and we use as classrooms the very land on which the history of man's development was,written." Acclaimed as an exemp- lary program in intense education" by the Nationai Association of Secondary School Principels, the high school curriculum is designed to f't in with American high school junior-senior require- ments. Kippur recommended that students interested in further information about next year's programs, apply for curricu- lum information now in order to line up appropriate courses for next year and to avoid class schedule conflicts. Further information and brochures for High School in Israel may be obtained from the Jewish Federation, 645- 5933, or by wljting the High School in Israel, 4200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137. this week's guaranteed return to you on our $10,000 182.-day money market certificates. Interest paid by check monthly, quarterly, Or credited to your savings account. Minimum $10,000. Above rate effective through Wednesday. New Federal regulations prohibit compounding of interest during the term of the account. Federal regulations which permit these hgher rotes require substantial interest penalty for early withdrawal Howcan we uJInteR PaRI4 He values basketball as meet people. "1 think it is not so im important to move." Kraus admitS unique among his teammates, take winning "too seriously." He fellow team members, with whom parties but his eyes light u| social club he belongs to as an member. Located close to Tel Aviv, the chance to participate in a variety of events with other war veterans. Kraus' ten-year basketball career has the wodd, including trips to Sweden, Holland, Austria, England and Canada. all thoroughly but thinks that this might 38, Kraus is one of the oldest team like more time to devote to his family Kraus plays the accordian at forms weekly with a small orchestra. creating mosaic tables from common Rubin Heller Predic:ts that compete for the gold cup champions be the U.S.A., Israeli, French He is serenly confident that the home with its second gold cup, that prediction comes true, before the competition begins.' / RABBI MORR/S K/PPUR If you think the sun is a cure-all for all of your skin problems, THINK AGAIN! The sun, if not taken in moderation, can be your skin's worst enemy. So this summer preserve the health and youthfulness of your skin by receivlns one facial per monthfor three months for only $45 at Victor 17 the flue Nuclear making aboul rid TOTAL IMAGE, INC. rdy 1018 N. 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