The owner of the NFL New England Patriots has brought a group of his current and former players on a trip to Israel.
Robert Kraft who just received the Israeli Genesis Prize, a prize granted each year to an individual in recognition of their commitment to Jewish values, wanted to give his players a taste of the Holy Land.
The current Patriots on the trip are Stephon Gilmore, David Andrews, Joe Thuney, Isaiah Wynn, Brandon King, and Nate Ebner. They are joined by former Patriots Andre Tippett, Drew Bledsoe, Jerod Mayo, Ty Law, and Vince Wilfork.
Before the trip, Kraft told his players how meaningful a trip to the Holy Land was to him and expressed his hope that it will do the same for them as well.
“I hope it’s going to turn out to be one of the greatest weeks in your life,” Kraft said. This is over 100 times I’ve gone [to Israel], and the first time I went on my honeymoon with my sweetheart, it just changed my life. You’re in this spirituality, there are connections that will be made that will just be life-changing. It will give you a sense, an internal sense, of what a special experience,” Kraft said.
The Patriots also played some football while in town at the Kraft Sports Complex in Jerusalem, which Robert Kraft built in 2017.