Will Bloomberg of Farmington Hills is committed to strengthening his community through his devotion to sports.
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Will Bloomberg, a high school senior at Frankel Jewish Academy (FJA), has always been a leader both on and off the athletic field. Now, he is combining his leadership abilities and love of sports and channeling them toward a charitable cause.
Bloomberg, 17, has been the captain of the varsity soccer team since his sophomore year and plays varsity basketball for FJA. Bloomberg was also named “All-Catholic” by the Catholic High School League for the 2018-2019 season for both soccer and basketball.
“Ever since I was young, I’ve been a leader,” Bloomberg says. “When I started playing sports here, I developed my leadership skills even more. Being a captain of athletes who are older than you is a challenge, but it allowed me to show who I really am as an athlete and as a person.”
Since Bloomberg’s athletic career has been a positive impact on his personal growth, he decided he wanted to give back to the community through sports. With the help of friends Tal Rubin, Alex Aisner and Rafi Iframov, Bloomberg started his own charity basketball three-on-three league.
In the charity’s inaugural season this year, Bloomberg and his friends welcomed 36 students from different high schools and raised over $400. The event took place this past March at Friendship Circle of Michigan.
The money raised goes to benefiting Friendship Circle and Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF). Bloomberg and his friends felt strongly about choosing the FIDF as their charity of choice because of their love for Israel.
“My experiences with Jewish day school and Jewish camps have shown me how Judaism can shape someone, and how important religion and tradition are in supporting your passions.” Bloomberg says.
“Learning about Judaism in school has strengthen and deepened my love for Israel, and even though I can’t live there, being able to help raise money for something I’m passionate about has been such a cool experience.”
Bloomberg and his friends have already begun planning for this year’s tournament.
“We hope to bring out more students because we want this event to become an annual tournament and really help our community grow stronger,” Bloomberg says.
In addition to heading the charity tournament, Bloomberg is a member of National Honor Society (NHS) and works with campers who have special needs at Camp Ramah in Canada, where he was a former camper. He is a member of Adat Shalom Synagogue and is the son of Marianne and Rob Bloomberg.
Get to know more about Will Bloomberg:
- Favorite food: My mom’s meatloaf
- Favorite artist: Kanye West
- Favorite color: Red
- Favorite genre of movies: Comedies
- Favorite T.V. show or Netflix series: All-American
- Biggest fan or supporter: My parents
- Best advice you have received: “Always give your best effort”
- Somewhere you want to visit and why: Italy because I am a foodie and my dad told me the food is great.
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