Israel's Or Sasson celebrates after defeating Cuba's Alex Garcia Mendoza during their men's +100kg judo contest bronze medal B match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.Israel's Or Sasson celebrates after defeating Cuba's Alex Garcia Mendoza during their men's +100kg judo contest bronze medal B match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.Israel's Or Sasson celebrates after defeating Cuba's Alex Garcia Mendoza during their men's +100kg judo contest bronze medal B match of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Photo: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Olympian donates team jacket to charity

Judoka Or Sasson is helping raise funds for disabled children.

Or Sasson made history when he won a bronze medal at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro last summer. Now the Israeli judo champion is giving back.

The 26-year-old athlete just donated his Olympic suit (seen in the photo above) to charity. The jacket was auctioned off for $100,000. The proceeds were given to Shalva, an Israeli nonprofit organization for children with disabilities.

Or Sasson (left) at the recent gala dinner where his team jacket was auctioned.Or Sasson (left) at the recent gala dinner where his team jacket was auctioned. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

“A minute before I handed over the jacket, when it was still in my hands, I thought about whether I would miss having it,” Sasson said. “But then I thought about all of the good it would do and realized that it has reached its ultimate purpose.”

At the event, Sasson also announced that he would be launching a new judo program for children with disabilities at the new Shalva National Center in Jerusalem.

From The Grapevine readers have become well acquainted with Shalva over the past few months. In October, we profiled a plumber who's embarking on an incredible journey atop Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for the organization. And in November, we wrote about a Major League baseball player from Los Angeles who traveled to Israel to partner with Shalva.

Pujols said he hopes the visit marked the beginning of a long relationship with the Shalva Center.L.A. Angels' Albert Pujols said he hopes the visit marked the beginning of a long relationship with the Shalva Center. (Photo: Shalva National Children's Center Facebook)

As for Sasson, he is following in the footsteps of his teammate Yarden Gerbi, who also won a bronze medal in judo at the 2016 Summer Olympics. In August, she donated her Olympic ID card to a Tel Aviv hospital that's helping fight pediatric cancer. She raised more than $50,000 for the cause.

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