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Hershey PA, March 1962


There is no I in the word team. In short, we at Lev Lalev, work together to ensure the success of each and every girl.  Each year when March the 2nd arrives I think about this statement. Here is the background. On March 2nd 1962 Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors scored an unbelievable one hundred points in a game against the New York Nicks, which took place in Hershey, Pennsylvania. That year Wilt averaged over fifty points a game. But he was neither named the most valuable player for 1962 nor did his team win the championship. Those accolades went to Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics, and the Celtics won the championship. Russell was a team player and seven players including Russell averaged over ten points a game throughout the season.

Whenever I think about this, I am reminded that life too is a team sport. It takes an entire staff to enable our girls to reach their potential. It takes many donations to ensure that we have the necessary funds to support the Lev Lalev Orphanage. We, here at the U.S. office of Lev Lalev serve as the “coach” of this process but our players are all of you who make this happen.

There are three types of people in the world. Those who get things done; those who watch others get things done; and those who wonder how others get things done. Many of you are from the first and most impressive group. You understand that there is a need in the world and you respond enthusiastically, generously and immediately. For this and on behalf of the orphaned and disadvantaged girl at the Lev Lalev Orphanage in Netanya, Israel we thank you.

 Our final wish is that you should be like a “Bill Russell” part of a winning community which understands that winners do things together.


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