Touchdown, Israel

by | Sep 25, 2017 | What’s Happening

Monday, October 30, 7:30 pm
Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus

What would you say to your childhood hero if you had the chance to meet? In June, thousands of Israelis got the opportunity to do just that when Bruce Smith, Joe Montana, “Mean” Joe Greene, and 16 other NFL Hall of Famers went to Israel.

Over the last 18 years, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has sponsored the sport of football in the state of Israel. Kraft has helped to build the sports facilities, reputation, and culture in Israel through the American Football in Israel league. The pro-football players were in Israel as part of an eight-day goodwill mission led by Kraft, which culminated in the grand opening of the Kraft Family Sports Campus in Jerusalem.

“It is so special to bring the best of the best to ever play my favorite sport to my favorite country in the world,” Kraft told The Jerusalem Post.

Tidewater native, Virginia Tech legend, and NFL Hall of Famer Bruce Smith and his wife, Carmen, visited sites such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Western Wall, and Yad Vashem, and were baptized in the Jordan River, among their many experiences in Israel.

Hear directly from Bruce Smith about his time in Israel at this free, open to the community event. RSVP required.

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