When our soldiers fought to protect Israel, they did so in formations of combat teams. Now, when the focus is healing, the team mission and identity has been a fantastic venue for injured soldiers to help each other in the context of sports.
The soccer project was established in 2009 by two of our members, Tomer Saada and Nir Shalom, with a specific goal: to play competitively in an able-bodied league. Tomer, who was an officer at the Alexandroni Brigade, was severely injured in the Second Lebanon War. Today he is a CPA and the head of the Soccer Project. Nir, who served in the special Egoz unit, was injured in Lebanon in 1996. Currently he is a landscape architect and is coaching the team. The team plays in the Sports in the Workplace League, and is currently the only team of players with disabilities that competes in an able-bodied league. 28 of our members participate in the project, and the team was placed 1st in the last year’s tournament.
Water Sports Project
The water sports project began a few years ago as a kayak summer project. As many of the members benefited from the calming effect the sea had on them, the project went on and developed into a number of different water sports programs: the diving team that conducts at least 5 diving training sessions per year, the catamaran course that meets once a week at the Marina in Tel Aviv, kayaks, surfing and more. Over 100 BFL members participated in some sort of a water sports program during the past years.