“Back in 2015 I had the chance to visit Israel for the first time with some of my buddies. It’s hard to describe how meaningful the experience was because looking back it really helped shape my perspective on things. Israel and the Jewish people have always been the scrappy underdogs and it reminded me a lot of my story. Passion and hard work are part of who I am, and it was obvious that the people of Israel have both in their blood.
This year my cleats will benefit the Israel Baseball Association. They do so much for the Israeli community, bringing together people of all ages through the love of the game. They also support minor league youth baseball in Israel, and if you know anything about me you know I lived for little league.
The Hebrew on the cleats says “yalla” which means, “let’s go”, because for the first time in the country’s history, Israel is going to compete in baseball in the Olympics. Baseball has always been my second favorite sport, and I’m pumped to see what those studs can do in Japan. Yalla! ⚾️ 🇮🇱 🐿”
Source: Julian Edelman