Maccabi Tel Aviv players yesterday visited the Beit Levinstein Rehabilitation Centre in Ra'anana
Three of Maccabi Tel Aviv's brightest young stars – Eytan Tibi, Barak Levi and the Israeli Premier League's top scorer Eliran Atar – yesterday paid a visit to Beit Levinstein Rehabilitation Centre in Ra'anana. The club have made a tradition of visiting the centre annually and this year is no exception. Beit Levinstein is Israel's largest rehabilitation centre, where twelve years ago former Maccabi Tel Aviv star Menni Levi received treatment after collapsing during a January match against Beitar Jerusalem. Yesterday the three players spent the best part of an hour and a half visiting a variety of wards and bringing good wishes to all the patients they met. A handshake, a little chat, a group photo and a complementary Maccabi hat and scarf were all part of the three players' community- minded agenda.
First stop was the children's therapeutic classroom, where the kids not only get their required treatments but also get on with their regular school studies. From there the players moved on to other wards with patients of all ages, all of whom were visibly cheered by the players' appearance. Some of them had even watched Sunday night's match against Hapoel Beer Sheva and were happy to exchange views on the matter with the players themselves. That included the players' views on winning the championship, for which the three duly promised to do their very best.