Hoops For Heroes

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    Hoops for Heroes participants and supporters.

    Great Neck North High sophomores Jake Balazadeh and Charlie Shapiro organized “Hoops for Heroes” as a way to engage support for Israel’s soldiers among the Great Neck community. Jake Ellis ran the 4×4 basketball tournament which included 200+ local kids at the JCC of Great Neck. Among event supporters was Eliezer Elyashar, who fought in the Yom Kippur war. Event proceeds will benefit Friends of the IDF, which provides humanitarian support for IDF soldiers and the IDF’s Alexandroni 9203 unit, which protects Israel’s northern border. More than 14K was raised.

    From the left: Charlie Shapiro, Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip and Jake Balazadeh. (Photos by Sofia Harari)

    Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip attended the event. She posted on her Facebook, “I was very proud to support two outstanding young men in Great Neck North High sophomores Jake and Charlie as they ran a meaningful tournament that brought the community together.”

    —Information gathered by Julie Prisco

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