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Well it's shifting gears and and remembering giving this holiday season how do you sent hundreds of thousands of people.
To Israel let's find out take -- birthright Israel as a foundation that -- any.
Jewish eighteen to 26 year old -- is -- for free.
Eight year old foundation is about to send their 200000.
He's also an Olympic gold medalist he knows the meaning of giving back then involvement no brainer is joining us now in just it's how could -- -- I mean and how busy year have you been had you you competed in the Olympic one involvement at all -- -- medical student that you decided to do that well.
Like you said it has been very busy year.
-- and it continues to be but it's going to be a great year and going into this holiday season like he said I'm going to be going to Israel and I'll be there.
Participant -- birthright Israel.
And you know it's -- hopefully be the beginning of a great relationship and you know my taking part in helping this organization -- itself.
What -- organization and want to do what is it -- to do why they're important to the Jewish community in this country and to you personally.
-- -- So the organization and he said send -- Young adults ages eighteen point six Israel for free completely no strings attached want -- percent free which in itself -- -- pretty amazing.
And so it like you say it's you know it's only been around for eight years -- they've sent.
101000 people you do the math that's a lot of people every year and so let's keep that going clearly you need financial support.
And the idea is that when they come back from Israel these and and also feel more connected to religion and for a generation that's become a little disconnected with you know why we.
Supposed to practice this way -- -- what are we doing here with our religion it's supposed to help -- C.
You know exactly where they want to go and I feel like I've fallen right into that category.
And so -- -- hoping to learn a lot next week when I got Israel and hoping to meet a lot of great people.
When I come back I'm gonna try to help.
Activate my generation and -- You're gonna have then even.
I guess -- more difficult time perhaps because with the Bernie Madoff scandal the giant Ponzi scheme.
The Jewish community here and an Israel we've been covering it.
Feels truly betrayed and there -- a lot of these charities ones that have lost millions of dollars some shutting down.
They're having problems raising money now because people are willing to need to give them money because so much was lost.
Absolutely and it you know it is going to be a problem.
But part of him that.
Part of what I wanna be involved and it's kind of a shift away from large sums of money big donors -- -- those are necessary.
I'm trying to get my entire generation involved in this movement in this.
Activate -- activation of Judaism and to do that -- and try to use -- you know my name my success as Olympian but what we saw what this election recently you know through it and across party lines -- -- My generation having a big impact.
One person -- time.
-- and you.
What you talk about because you're also very involved with the boys and girls clubs out in in your native California because that's where you started swimming is -- not.
So but it's not just about.
Money it's about giving -- time.
Absolutely and especially with something like a religious faith like Judaism.
While money is of course going to be necessary continue sending people to Israel.
You know it really is about the family it's about the community and that is what time yet to -- time you can't buy community can't -- faith -- to give that yourself.
What do you tell people though because you had what could have been a career ending injury just months before.
The Olympics and how how do you come back from that people who are facing tough times what do you tell.
How do you how do you how do you work through something like that person there.
Well obviously you know it's difficult when you have setbacks in life I really relied a lot of my friends and family and I think we should answer but.
To have support of those around you is really key no matter what -- setback might be pressure.
-- is it for everybody to support sports do you think.
Because -- again of their their some sport to get a lot of attention big box you saw that day the Yankees just yesterday.
But what about swimming and again money and support to young kids physical education to get the country it.
-- -- -- there's you know -- going on on some different levels whether it's USA swimming they have a foundation donates -- kids learning to swim.
All the way through NC -- -- athletics which I think is a great organization.
But you know no matter what I'm a huge believer in that.
Sports competitive sports especially and academics and being alone on a -- -- -- -- -- related and that -- they -- feed -- one -- to make -- better person.
It was great to see Ben Ben -- meant to bring our Olympic gold medalist.
Please come back anytime I had to be here happy holiday.
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