JERUSALEM, Nov. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles Angels superstar Albert Pujols, along with his wife Deidre, made a historic visit to the new Shalva National Children's Center on Sunday during the course of the baseball icon's maiden trip to Israel.
Shalva is renowned all over the world for providing state-of-the-art care and community outreach services to thousands of families with special needs children in Israel, including those with Down Syndrome. The Pujols' oldest child, Isabella, has Down Syndrome.
Since 2005, The Pujols Family Foundation has also provided a wide variety of activities to special needs children in five different cities across the US.
Albert and Deidre were given an eye-opening VIP tour of Shalva's brand new $55-million facility by Avi Samuels, the Director of the organization.
"I feel blessed that through my own life experience with my daughter, she has taught me to give back to people with disabilities so that they can develop their full potential in life and give back to society," said Albert.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to visit Shalva and to see what is done in Israel to assist youngsters with disabilities and was impressed with their unique facilities, which don't exist anywhere else."
Samuels added: "We were privileged to host Albert and Deidre Pujols, who do so much all over the world for people with disabilities.
"Albert maintained that this was not a one-time visit to Shalva, but rather the beginning of a long term friendship, where we will work together to do great things for special needs people of all ages in the near future.
"Shalva is excited about forging this important relationship with Albert, Deidre and their worthy foundation."
Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities is dedicated to providing transformative care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families and promoting social inclusion. Non-denominational and free of charge, Shalva's programs provide an all-encompassing range of services for hundreds of individuals from infancy to adulthood.
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