TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — As part of the Israel Lacrosse Association’s ongoing commitment to develop homegrown lacrosse stars, the Association has announced 15 recipients of the inaugural Daniel Kraft Lacrosse Scholarship, which sponsors Israeli youth lacrosse players to travel abroad to improve both their lacrosse and English skills by attending high-level lacrosse camps and tournaments.
The selections were based on leadership qualities, attendance at practices, lacrosse ability, and volunteer hours in conjunction with the Sticks for Kids program, which utilizes lacrosse as a platform to engage at-risk youth.
The players selected for the scholarship have been earmarked as strong candidates to represent Israel at the 2016 FIL U-19 Men’s World Championships, which are being held near Vancouver, Canada.
15-year-old Yotam Drori of Ashkelon will travel to Denver, Baltimore and New Jersey this summer on full scholarship.
This year’s full scholarship recipients are: Benor Buniel (Ashkelon LC), Mor Cohen (Tel Aviv LC), Yotam Drori (Ashkelon LC), Ori Miron (Tel Aviv LC), and Daniel Obreja (Ashkelon LC).
Buniel, 16, and Drori, 15, will travel to the United States in early July as the youngest members of the Israel men’s national team, which is competing in the FIL World Lacrosse Championships in Denver, Colorado. As developmental players, they will be mentored by Logan Miller and Cole Campbell of Newport Beach, CA, and will see extensive action for Team Israel in the renowned Vail Lacrosse Shootout, as well as exhibition games against Turkey and several other countries.
15-year-old Ori Miron of Tel Aviv will travel to New York/New Jersey this summer on full scholarship.
Following the World Games, Buniel and Drori will travel to Ashkelon’s sister city of Baltimore, and will be placed with a host family in conjunction with the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, where they will train and help prepare Baltimore defend their title at the JCC Maccabi Games, held from August 10-15 in Cherry Hill, NJ.
The duo also received a partial scholarship in support of their participation in the inaugural ISB Dragons Youth Lacrosse Challenge in Belgrade, Serbia, this past May.
Cohen, 15, and Miron, 15, will travel to the United States in late July, where they will be mentored by Jonathan Bradbury of New Rochelle, NY. Drew Wendell of Gargoyle Lacrosse Camp — which employs a staff of top quality coaches and players — has generously scholarshipped the two Tel Avivians. Following Gargoyle Camp, Cohen and Miron will compete in local scrimmages in the area’s youth summer leagues, before departing for Cherry Hill to compete in the JCC Maccabi Games.