Israeli Parasports and the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled
Wednesday, December 16
Maccabi USA is excited to partner with the American Friends of the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled and showcase the incredible work the center does. Please join us to hear from the center’s CEO, Boaz Kramer, and stellar wheelchair basketball athlete, Amit Vigoda, on the impact of the center and their personal experiences growing in athletics.
Since 2011, Boaz Kramer has served as Executive Director of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled (ISCD), one of the largest disabled sport facilities and programs in the world. He was born partially paralyzed in his left arm and both legs, but through the support of the ISCD, became active in wheelchair basketball and tennis. He would excel in wheelchair tennis, representing Israel at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games, winning a silver medal in 2008. In 2012, he was elected by the Israeli Globes Magazine as one of the 40 most prominent young CEOs in the country.
Amit Vigoda was born with a rare orthopedic condition, congenital pseudoarthrosis of tibia and fibula with osteofibrous dysplasia, which caused his leg to continually fracture. He started playing basketball at a young age in the United States, where he lived for three years with his family. When he returned to Israel, Amit started playing wheelchair basketball at the ISCD. During his time at the ISCD, Vigoda brought his team to great achievements and scored an average of 25 points per game. Amit was awarded a scholarship to study business administration and play wheelchair basketball at the University of Texas at Arlington, and was selected as a member of the U22 Israel National Wheelchair Basketball Team in August at the European Championships.