Olympic Committee of Israel
History of the Academy
The Olympic Committee of Israel is the umbrella organization for all Olympic sports in Israel and is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the National Olympic Committee of the State of Israel. The organization was established in 1933 as the Eretz Yisrael Olympic Committee and one year later was recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Reestablished in 1951, Israel was officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee in 1952, which also marked the first year an Israeli delegation participated in the Olympic Games that took place in Helsinki.
Projects of the Academy
The Olympic Committee of Israel implements the following education programs to introduce Olympic values and physical activity into a cultural and educational framework throughout the country: 1. Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP): The program includes 5 sessions in schools throughout the year: The Olympic Games: from ancient Greece to modern history, symbols and slogans; Blue and white moments: Israeli winners of medals, prominent athletes and the Munich Massacre; The Olympic values and the Paralympic values; A visit in “The Olympic Experience” (an audiovisual tour at the Visitors’ Center of the Israel Olympic Committee) and a meeting with Israeli Olympic athletes; Top event – organizing the Olympic Day at school, as a part of the International Olympic day in June. 2. Champions Class Program: A program based on a personal connection between the students and Olympians, which allows students to undergo an educational process in the Olympic spirit. The program includes 4 sessions throughout the year, accompanied by a retired athlete: A visit at “The Olympic Experience” including a meeting with retired Olympic athlete; Lessons guided by the same athlete at the school classroom (based on the Olympism values); OTD activity/training from the athlete’s field of specialization. 3. Olympic Classroom: A program based on matching Olympians / Paralympian with classrooms for an entire school year of scaled mentorship – communicating through pre-recorded video lessons. Lessons focus on values associated with Olympism.