Since retiring from competitive judo in 2012, Olympic medalist Arik Zeevi has channelled his passion for sport and for supporting underprivileged youth into his not-for-profit organization, The Israeli Foundation for Olympic Excellence (IFOE). IFOE helps top coaches scout and train talented Israeli youth, especially in Israel’s periphery. Their goal is to boost Israeli Olympic performance by offering all Israeli youth a true opportunity for Olympic excellence.
His Olympic Excellence Program is helping youth reach their full potential in our partnership region in the Upper Galilee Panhandle, an area of Israel challenged by a lack of jobs, infrastructure and security. Young people receive training in athletics as well as in life, learning skills like setting goals, coping with stress and recovering from failure. Arik’s own experience as a young Israeli on the margins fuels his passion to see the power of sport develop youth and communities for the long term.
Watch to hear more of Arik’s story and his inspiring message.
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